Local Foods

In spite of our remote setting, we cultivate a high standard of and commitment to good food.

Our Local Foods

Alaska is far from lines of supply. Within the last 10 years, however, small-scale agriculture and farming has grown significantly in this subarctic state. While fish and shellfish have always been easy to obtain, we can also get pork, elk and reindeer meat from animals raised in-state. Small farms such as Denali Organic Growers and Rosie Creek Farm supply us with lettuces, hardy greens, and, later in the summer, onions, carrots, potatoes, squash and more. 

Not only does fresh food taste better, but buying from in-state sources lowers our environmental footprint, so we purchase Alaska-grown whenever possible. Each night we serve a main entrée of meat or fish that is obtained from responsibly farmed or wild-caught sources in Alaska or the Pacific Northwest. Whenever possible and in-season, the vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs are either grown on site or purchased from organic farmers in our region.

Our Greenhouse

For 30 years we have maintained an on-site greenhouse and outdoor, raised bed gardens where we grow herbs and vegetables that thrive in northern growing conditions. This provides us the freshest cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, salad greens, rhubarb, herbs, and flowers possible while eliminating the need to transport such fragile produce long distances in refrigerated trucks to our Denali lodge. Though these items represent a small portion of our overall use, growing this bit of our own food keeps us connected to where our food comes from and reminds us of the effort required to supply organic produce.

We Support Alaska Grown

The kitchen at Camp Denali is continuing a longtime commitment to sustainable practices. We are proud to say that beginning in 2018, 100% of the meat, poultry, and seafood served in our dining room is Alaska-grown. Further to our commitment to support farming, fishing and gathering in Alaska, we also source many additional food items from purveyors across the state.

Delta Meat & Sausage Co. | Delta, AK

Galloway cattle and Berkshire hogs. Grass-fed beef, finished on AK barley. No antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. Humanely raised and slaughtered.

Blood Sweat & Food Farms | Homer, AK

Freedom Ranger chickens and Bourbon Red turkeys. Free range, pasture-raised birds. No antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. Corn-free and soy-free feed.

Su Salmon Co. | Cook Inlet, Susitna River Delta, AK

Sockeye and silver salmon. Settee caught. Direct from the fisher-artists. Picked live from the net, bled, gutted, gilled, chilled, kissed and delivered within 24 hours.

Stiebrs Farms | Yelm, WA

Certified organic eggs. Free-range, pasture raised. No hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. 100% vegetarian, organic fed.

Denali Organic Growers | Anderson, AK

D.O.G.'s garden is off-the-grid with no well or driveway access. They catch rainwater and spring runoff as their water source. Each plant has been carefully seeded, watered, thinned, harvested, and washed by hand, and delivered to us the next day.

Vanderweele Farm | Palmer, AK

Ben & Suus VanderWeele immigrated from the Netherlands to Alaska in 1967 and began farming in Palmer. They are one of the largest family farms in the Mat-Su Valley, with around 200 acres under cultivation.

Bush's Bunches | Palmer, AK

Bruce Bush is a third generation farmer, growing on land passed down to him by his father. He grows mainly potatoes, rhubarb, and summer squash, with a smattering of other specialty items.

Arctic Organics | Palmer, AK

Sarah and River Bean were some of the pioneers of organic growing in Palmer. Starting in 1988, they now have eight acres under cultivation, two greenhouses and two, large high-tunnels, and grow close to 50 different varieties of vegetables.

Alaska Flour Company | Delta Junction, AK

The only commercial flour mill in Alaska - the next nearest mill is 1,500 miles away. Their flour is milled from wheat & barley grown on their 1,700-acre, family-owned farm. All flour is 100% whole grain - nothing removed, nothing added.

Alaska Pure Sea Salt | Sitka, AK

Hand-crafted, flake-style sea salt straight from the pristine waters of Sitka, Alaska.

Hump Island Oyster Co. | Ketchikan, AK

The farm is owned by the Sande family, 4th generation Alaskans who grew up exploring the untouched islands and bays of Southeast Alaska. Hump Island Oyster Co. was created with community in mind and the desire to perfect the art and science of ocean farming in the region, as well as to build an industry.

Kahiltna Birchworks | Susitna Valley, AK

Kahiltna Birchworks is the world's largest birch syrup producer, harvesting sap from 11,000 birch trees in the Susitna Valley. It takes an average of 110 gallons of birch sap to make one gallon of syrup.