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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Glenda Koh

If you love the gentle pop-pop-popping of a jar lid, you might just be a home canner. For Michelle Christensen-Toews, it’s one of the many satisfying things about preserving food. “You only hear it as you’re clearing up. You’re washing the dishes... more

Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest 1 Comments

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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: 2017-09-06, PHOTO: Courtesy of Michelle Joy Carmichael

I am a lover of adventure and fine tastes – a forager of the wild world. The life I live is close with nature and so is my diet. I am a Gwich’in Inuvialuit Caucasian woman living in the far north, and a student of natural medicine. more

Sep 6, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-08-16, PHOTO: Angela Szymczuk

Cranberries are just one of many berries that you can add to regular recipes for some extra health benefits. But since we are in the midst of cranberry season, why not take advantage of these home grown berries to boost your overall health. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:00 AM

Dinner outdoors

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Some people mix in wild game meat with domestic meats recipes, but to get the true taste of wild meat you simply don’t substitute wild meat on a domestic recipe. more

Jul 27, 2017 1:10 AM Yukon Food & Drink

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If you aren’t lucky enough to have a fresh (or frozen) moose heart on hand you can still try this recipe out using any sort of sliced steak. more

Jul 26, 2017 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Paul Rath

The beautiful and striking fireweed plant, with it's spray of magenta flowers is the iconic symbol of the north. Chosen as the Yukon's official floral symbol in 1957, fireweed represents not only the natural beauty of the territory, but also the... more

Jul 5, 2017 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Sydney Oland

Of all the fantastic ingredients that the Yukon has to offer, rhubarb might be one of the most unsung. It’s prevalent in most gardens and even grows wild on the side of the road, and yet it’s fireweed, lowbush cranberries, and spruce tips that... more

Jun 7, 2017 12:00 AM

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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

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Paul Rath

September is harvest time. Berries are juicy and ripe for picking; root crops need to be dug and stored. The shortening days are a clear indicator that it is nearly time to put the garden to bed. September also marks the return of the coho and... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

For me, the summer of 2016 has been the best berry year ever. My berry season starts with wild strawberries and they were bigger than ever this year. Wild raspberries are almost always abundant. Our famous Yukon cranberries are looking extremely... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Lori Garrison

There is a microwave placed awkwardly in front of the little, old fashioned split-glass window. The curtains are open and on the other side of the window freight ships move across the bay slowly, deliberately, as if the water was thick as muskeg... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Travel Outside

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jozien Kozier

Mushroom season starts in spring. On a hike at the end of May, I came upon some black morels. In the Yukon, morels usually only grow where there has been a recent fire, although I've found them growing other places. With the warm weather and rain... more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

After you’ve picked your first few batches of mushrooms, and haven’t landed in the hospital, you’ll find the mushroom conversation branches into themes of field testing, drying, and alternate uses, such as medicines, dyes and crafts. more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: by Katherine Bunce

I recently discovered a great trick for keeping strawberries fresher for longer: wash them in a one part vinegar to 10-parts water solution, then leave them out to dry before storing them in the fridge. There’s no vinegar aftertaste, and your... more

Sep 1, 2016 12:00 AM

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: Rian Lougheed-Smith

I always forget the way this works, how fast things change here. In the hot, hot days of summer, I think it will last forever and then suddenly, one rainy July day, there it is. The chill, maybe a wool sweater, the thought of lighting a fire... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2016-08-25, Photo: Kim Melton

'Tis the season where giant vegetables are being harvested from gardens and potentially prize-winning jams are being churned out for display in the hopes of gaining a ribbon. This was the case at Dawson City's horticultural exhibition as part of... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Mount Lorne

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board

The late Alex VanBibber had a favourite refrain: “An outdoor life is a healthy life.” This is according to his friend, Harvey Jessop. Jessop wrote some remarks about VanBibber’s life for the Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board, pertaining to... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Education

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Issue: 2016-06-23, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I've put a lot of miles under me this spring between Victoria, B.C. and the Klondike Valley, and had thought I would be riding the green wave north. It is true that there were more leaves out on the Gulf Islands than there were when I arrived at... more

Jun 23, 2016 12:00 AM Wild Harvest

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Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: Miche Genest

The spruce tip harvest was early this year; green buds started appearing at the ends of spruce branches around mid-May in Whitehorse and continued being harvestable well into the first week of June – on higher ground at least. Best-laid plans... more

Jun 16, 2016 12:00 AM