Kodiak Daily Mirror - Eating local means buying from Kodiak not Mainland Alaska
  
Eating local means buying from Kodiak, not Mainland Alaska
by Sarah L. Thayer
Sep 07, 2011 | 52 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the editor:

Locally grown means just that — grown on Kodiak Island. It does not mean grown off-island in other Alaska cities.

Once again, freshness cannot beat that of the produce sold at our very own farmers markets. Like the produce freighted to Kodiak from out of state, Alaska cities share the same issues: harvesting time, freighting time to Kodiak, delivery time to the stores, and the time it takes to stock it.

So, how much time is involved here? On arrival at the stores, how is its appearance, condition and color? One very important issue I failed to mention in my earlier letter to the editor this August is the possible (probable?) use of pesticides and herbicides. Being one of the vegetable vendors at one of our farmers markets, I can say that we have an organic garden and do not use a hoophouse. Please come out and support our local farmers, rain or shine.

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