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Kim Melton

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Issue: 2016-03-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton


Edible Yukon Columnist Kim Melton is an enthusiastic forager and gardener, inspired by all things that make up good, local food.

Kim Melton is based in the Klondike. She likes being creative in the dark.


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Issue: 2015-11-12 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Whenever I travel to cities I seek out green space for the familiarity of trees and the relative quiet. While Day 1 in Delhi was a lesson on how it’s true, everyone is trying to scam us, and the best artists make you feel like they've done you a... more

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Seasonal eaters, whether they are gardeners, foragers, or locavores reading the labels at the grocery store, know that the lean time of year isn't during the dead of winter. Then, storerooms are still stocked with plump sacks of potatoes resting... more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-03-19 PHOTO: Kim Melton

If you peruse the 365 poems that make up the Tumblr feed from Lori Garrison's latest poetry project, Today, In the News, you won't find much in the way of introspection or outpourings of feeling from individual experiences. more

Mar 19, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

Ah, stuff. Sometimes my life can feel way too focused on the next thing I think I “need”, as precious hours are spent reorganizing the ones I already have in order to make room. When I get fed up and hop on my anti-materialistic horse, my mind is... more

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Family and Health

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Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: Kim Melton

I'm a fairly adventurous person in the kitchen. I'm not afraid to try weird and wacky combinations that occur to my foraging-inspired brain, and I love exploring other culture’s cuisines. more

Mar 5, 2015 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2015-02-19 PHOTO: Kim Melton

Right on schedule, my sprout craving has arisen from where it lay quietly dormant since the fall, nestled snug beneath the desire for stews and roasted root vegetables. The herbs I've kept in the house are responding to the same cues more

Feb 19, 2015 12:00 AM Recipes

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Whats Up Yukon January 29, 2015

I learned many lessons from Alan Baer, and one was to relish the spectacular vistas that were the backdrop of our aerial classroom more

Jan 29, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon People 4 Comments

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This gorgeous caterpillar was enjoying the fireweed growing out of the deck in August. I saw one more like it in October while cleaning up the garden, but otherwise have never seen its match in size or colour north of 60. I would love to know what it more

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Living With Wildlife

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Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Raspberries, blueberries, crowberries and cranberries: being on Yukon time means planning your weekends around where to pick once the – dare I say it? - latter part of summer rolls around and hints at fall. There is one berry fairly new to the... more

Sep 20, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

The light returns to the Yukon long before the heat and we’re still in the prime season of huge oscillations in temperature between day and night. Mornings dawn crisp – but early – and as of yet we feel no compulsion to head outside until it warms a more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: John Lenart

The warm winds of spring have brought with them the promise of little green shoots popping out of their seeds to generate the stuff of salads. There is a brief moment in our northern spring between the holding cold of winter and the heady 24-hour... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Winter

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Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I was making a carrot cake this week for one of the Jack Russell's birthdays (he gets the carrot ends, we get the cake, seems like a pretty good deal), and the subject of peeling vegetables came up. I have always been reticent about sending the... more

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Kim Melton

It struck me a couple days ago that I have gotten out of the habit of baking, and was missing having nibbly bites about for those mid-meal moments that require just a little something. I briefly mentally bemoaned my lack of muffins, before... more

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Hayley Redpath

If I were to search out the exact opposite of local, homegrown food, I would pass through the security gates at an international airport. The sportsbars, food courts and even neo-eco-healthy cafés are part of an isolated microcosm that I’m sure... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-03-01, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Potatoes, kale and cabbage is a pretty common answer to the question, “What can you grow up there, anyways?” For those of us who get excited about growing, however, it is easy to go kind of crazy even within the parameters of a single vegetable... more

Mar 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Kim Melton

The circle is often used as a symbol of perfection. The delicious combination of sweet or savoury filling and flaky pastry at its best when round is known as “pie.” The magic number that tells us everything we need to know about a circle is called... more

Feb 22, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-02-08, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Some of my favourite food-related activities would be better described as passive-ities. I’m referring to the kind of work that involves setting something up, forgetting about it for some time, and then discovering one day that something delicious... more

Feb 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Jennifer Tyldesley

Jennifer Tyldesley has spent her life behind the controls of aeroplanes: in the Air Force, flying search and rescue and most recently for Air North. I imagine her in a crisp white shirt with epaulettes gleaming, watching the Klondike Valley sweep... more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Kirsten Lorenz

“The dark and the cold are conducive to creativity,” says Carly Woolner, one of the co-founders of Dawson's (S)Hiver Arts Festival. Blair Douglas, the other half of the team, chimes in with a smile: “They are also conducive to everyone staying... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-01-25, PHOTO: Kim Melton

You know that thing you've had for years and haven't been quite willing to part with, though you haven't yet discovered its particular niche? Mine is a small hand-crank cast iron meat grinder, and the niche has been found. Two in fact, in the... more

Jan 25, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Yukon College is expanding their offerings in one the hottest (pardon the pun) arenas today: climate change. Often described as one of the greatest challenges of our time, human-induced climate change is already having major impacts on northern... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Finally, it's here! The season I've been waiting for, the season when each day invites a further excursion to extend the trail beyond yesterday's stopping point. It's ski season. I got out for my first ski this year on a visit down to Mount Lorne... more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2017-01-11, PHOTO: Kim Melton

A square, two-storey guest house with bare, small rooms and a simple kitchen is snugged in between the trailer-cum-farmhouse and the sheep barn. The collection of buildings looks tiny against a sweeping backdrop: a deep valley that winds away from... more

Jan 11, 2017 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-12-21, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Although Iceland has been getting a lot of press lately as a hot – metaphorically and geologically speaking – tourist destination, it hardly seems a likely go-to spot for an agricultural experience. That however is exactly what landed me in the... more

Dec 21, 2016 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Hippocrates alluded to the gut as the source of all our ills, and Katherine Belisle, a health practitioner in Whitehorse, couldn't agree more. Working in the relatively new field of functional nutrition she has been doggedly working to introduce... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Kim Melton

If viewed on their own, the Hazards Maps produced by the Northern Climate ExChange might look like something inspired by a cartoon – which the project coordinator Dr. Bronwyn Benkert informs me is indeed the case. Coloured in with traffic light... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM The Green Issues

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Issue: 2016-11-09, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I extracted a small tub of raspberries from the freezer yesterday, comforted to see it near overflowing with the season's harvest. Though saskatoons and blueberries came in in droves this year, the raspberries that made it to the freezer were few... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM Recipes

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Ok, so when I hear the words “pelvic floor” the folks I think of are pregnant women and the elderly. It's also a term that has come up in yoga classes, usually in the context of maintaining strength en route to joining one of those groups of... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Health and Wellness