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Kim Melton

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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... Read more

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... Read more

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. Read more

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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... Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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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 Read more

Yukon People

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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 Read more

Living With Wildlife

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Issue: 2018-10-17, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I feel tumbled up against the advance of winter. All summer, the sun pulled me on with the force of a tearaway sled dog and, when the days shortened into fall, it was as if she slowed suddenly to sniff out a piece of news and I hurtled into her... Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: Kim Melton

A couple of weeks ago, I was stayed in my tracks as I was strolling by one of our apple shelters. They’re coming, my nose told me as the fragrance of ripe fruit wafted out of the open door. I poked my head in. As luck would have it, beneath the... Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2018-08-01, PHOTO: Kim Melton

Last spring was an odd one for us ... As bloom time approached, we watched for swelling buds on our apple trees. We saw some, but many trees kept us in suspense. As the pink petals poked through the ends of the buds on the trees that were coming... Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2018-07-11, PHOTO: Kim Melton

“So, is this a boy bush or a girl bush?” I turned from arranging potted trees, at our weekly Farmer’s Market setup in Dawson, to see a fellow holding up a young haskap berry bush. He was scrutinizing it intently, though what he hoped to see, I’m... Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2018-05-30, PHOTO: Kim Melton

I used to focus solely on edible plants, wild or cultivated. The only flowers, trees and shrubs that interested me were those that could contribute to a meal. If they looked nice—bonus. When my partner, John, began introducing me to the... Read more

Farm - Garden

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Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Kim Melton

The tarps and burlap have come off of our tender apple trees, the snow is gone and the ground is drying up. Now we just have to wait for the magic to happen and the fruit to grow, right? Well maybe... Read more

Farm - Garden

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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... Read more

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 Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more

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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... Read more

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... Read more

Yukon Food & Drink

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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... Read more

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... Read more

Dawson City

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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... Read more

Yukon Education

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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... Read more

Travel Outside

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

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    Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: Kim Melton

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    Fay Brannigan stands proudly in front of the new location of Cliffside Country Store and Greenhouse Country Store and GardenN, which will also house a grocery store stocked by the Potluck Food Co-op.

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    Issue: 2015-08-06 PHOTO: Kim Melton

    Experimental Fruit

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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Kim Melton

    A recent hike captures my neighbourhood vista – food for the soul indeed

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    Issue: 2015-02-05 Photo: Kim Melton

    A recent hike captures my neighbourhood vista – food for the soul indeed