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NEWS For the Capital City Weekly "Eat local" is a relative term for Southeast Alaskans. Commercial produce grown in the state comes mainly from the Mat-Su Valley some 800 miles away. Our food arrives by truck, barge, and even air, and getting it here from the Lower 48 is expensive and the travel takes its toll on fresh produce. Around town, local ingredients are prized in restaurants and shops: rhubarb ice cream at Coppa, home grown sourdough bread at Wild Oven, or fresh fish at the Rookery. School children don't necessarily have the opportunity or the means to eat like local foodies, but the Juneau School District is working to bring the same kinds of ingredients into school meals.

Students starting to 'eat local'

A student's tray of food, featuring Mat-Su Valley coleslaw and locally caught salmon.
Photo Courtesy Of Juneau School District
A student's tray of food, featuring Mat-Su Valley coleslaw and locally caught salmon.
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