There is no doubt that most things in Alaska are more expensive than the rest of the United States. The cost of living here is ridiculously high, but sacrifices are made due to the love of the state. Fresh produce is one of the most highly priced items in the market. Companies have to preserve the produce, package, and ship them. Getting the vegetables here is the most time consuming process since we are a couple thousand miles away from the closest US state.
Saving a little bit of money is always good, so when it is warm enough outside, many of the residents decide to grow their own garden full of vegetables, flowers, and even some fruits. The summer also offers plenty of sunlight for the produce to grow at full capacity. This year we decided to grow cabbage, kale, lettuce, broccoli, celery, onions, assorted herbs, and raspberries. We even chose to plant a bunch of flowers to keep the home looking beautiful.
We started late April so the plants haven’t grown big enough to harvest yet. Most people start growing as early as March depending on the climate. As a matter of fact, Alaskan produce are known for how big they become during the summer. Some of the veggies grown here have been known to break world records. In several state fairs, competitions for the largest crops are held. Here are some of examples of record breaking vegetables in North America as of 2017:
- John Evans (Palmer, AK) – Beetroot (42 lb 12 oz) – 1999
- Scott Rob (Palmer, AK) – Green Cabbage (138 lb 4 oz) – 2012
- Mary Evans (Palmer, AK) – Red Cabbage (45 lb 4 oz) – 1994
- Scott Rob (Palmer, AK ) – Cantaloupe (64 lb 13 oz) – 2004
While some people prefer to not have any responsibilities such as a garden during the summer, there are many others who do it as a way to be outside and keep busy while staying home.