If you haven’t caught KTVA’s award-winning Harvesting Alaska series, we revisit a few of those segments on this Labor Day weekend to celebrate summer’s bounty. 

Alaska’s appetite for homegrown food continues to grow, if not thrive. The number of farmers markets statewide has mushroomed from about a dozen in 2005, to more than 50 today. And many of those vendors and have since opened brick and mortar businesses.

In this week’s show, we offer some snapshots of this renaissance in Alaska agriculture. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Farm to table dining: KTVA’s Lauren Maxwell and photojournalist Nick Swann take you to the Flying Squirrel Restaurant near Talkeetna, where the owner incorporates Alaskan grown produce into the menu. 
  • Mountain View’s field of dreams: a look at how immigrants are growing roots in Alaska on a small plot of land, where the harvest is more than just about food.
  • Feeding Port Alsworth: KTVA photojournalist Will Mader and I take you to the shores of Lake Clark to visit a small farm in Port Alsworth, which started out feeding one family and now feeds the whole community.
  • Barley and beyond: KTVA’s Heather Hintze goes to Delta to show you what happened when Bryce Wrigley and his family decided they wanted to do more than grow grain.
  • Featured Guests: Jessica Stugelmayer, one of the editors of Edible Alaska, and Amy Pettit, director of the Alaska Farmland Trust, talk about how the story of Alaska’s food is changing. 

A warning: this show might make you hungry for a taste of Alaska. And don’t miss our closing credit video: Ruby’s Raspberry Round-up. KTVA photojournalist John Thain captured his daughter raiding the raspberry patch, full of big and juicy berries – and Ruby is as cute as they come.

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