I am obsessed with food.
Growing, gathering, and preserving food.
That's a tall order for someone living in Alaska. Yet also a necessity, I think. We ship in over 90% of our food and other everyday supplies. If there were ever a worldwide - or even nationwide - catastrophe, the population up here could be in trouble. Several years back, an avalanche closed the road to Girdwood, a ski resort only a few miles north of Anchorage. This road is also the only road connecting Southcentral Alaska to the rest of the state. With no port, and bad weather keeping planes from flying, thousands of people trapped there were running out of food and fuel. Crews worked desperately to clear the highway, and luckily no one starved, but it was eye-opening.
The event was a microcosm for the entire state of Alaska.
|Wall o' water around a zucchini plant|
|Seedlings - yes, that is 2 feet of snow outside!|
|An assortment of jarred foods|
This past year, my son raised three hogs and a steer, which we butchered ourselves two weeks ago. Our two chest freezers are blessedly full. In the past, we’ve filled our freezer with everything from moose, to caribou, to mountain goat. Plus dozens of salmon we dip-net out of the Kenai River every year.
|The Kenai River dip-net line|
To me, this stuff is just ... everyday life. But people want to talk about it. Long past my husband's "wink-wink, nod-nod" that it is time to leave the party.
What do you find yourself talking about at a party?
© Tam Linsey, 2011. All rights reserved.