At one point on the walk home I was just so hungry that the twins and I stopped and ate all of our berries right there! They tasted soo good but I was sad that I didn't save ANY for the next day or to share with Cliff. However, when we got home, my friend, Yvonne had left a huge 2 pint container of huckleberries on my porch that she had picked for me!
Cliff and I do not hunt or fish, so if we are going to enjoy the bounty of Baranof Island, we are at the mercy of our friends to share their hard work with us. Oh how thankful we are! Our freezer has never been without fish or venison in it.
Thanks to Bob & Miles for the Coho that I stir fried with broccoli, snap peas, beets.
My new friend, Ellen, grilled the king salmon (pictured above, bottom left) piled high with vegetables and herbs especially for Jasmine, Kari and I when we gathered one night for our locavore dinner!
Kari prepared baked beets (wrapped simply in aluminum foil and baked at 350 for 45-60 minutes) that were phenomenal! We have since enjoyed them at home in place of a baked potato.
Our friends, Jim & Lesa opened their chicken coop to me, allowing me to stop by everyday and check for eggs, which was exciting and delicious! (And a little scary, I have to admit!) I hope we get chickens someday!
Look at the difference between this store bought egg with the lighter yolk (right) and the homegrown eggs from Jim & Lesa (left) with the deep yellow yolk. Fascinating!
The #1 ingredient I missed in my diet during my locavore challenge was fat. Olive oil, coconut oil and butter were welcome additions back into my diet when my challenge ended. Crystal Light lemonade was a close second, I love crystal light!
Lori Adams, a friend of mine that runs Down To Earth, an amazing, local u-pick garden provided me with a ton of great vegetables that our whole family enjoyed all week. This was a huge part of my lunch & daytime snacks as was the smoked salmon from our friend, Chuck.
Another lesson learned was where to access local foods in Sitka. There were several sources I knew about in general but to actually utilize the sources has made it much more likely for me to use again!