We all want Seward to have cool things and good food, but for that to happen, we need to buy locally, especially in today’s economy. Then there’s the whole carbon footprint issue — is the food you’re consuming from Alaska or South America?
During the winter we don’t have many choices, and the internet, food co-op, Costco, etc. provide us with a much needed and appreciated alternative. During the summer, however, we can choose to buy locally.
To support the Alaska Organic Farmers, consider either suspending your Co-op orders for the summer or choosing items not available in Alaska. Vegetables grown in Alaska include: beets, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, various greens, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, radishes, potatoes, pumpkin, spaghetti squash, spinach, summer and winter squash, tomatoes, turnips, and zucchini. If you grow your own produce or berry-pick, consider selling any surplus at the summer market or donating it to the Senior Center or Seaman’s Mission.
Did you know?
In 2006, the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Association conducted a study which debunked the myth that shopping at farmers markets is more expensive than grocery stores. They bought bags of ten identical items at a farmers market and each of three grocery stores and found that the overall cost was less at the farmers market.
Then there’s the cost to the environment of having items shipped in… Consider your choices and try to make conscious decisions.