delivery system has gained popularity with some Kodiak residents, giving them
access to fresh, organic produce each week. Produce distributed by Full Circle,
a company based in Washington State, is shipped to Kodiak weekly and
distributed to six different pick-up sites around town.
150 local members participate, including Sasha Keplinger, who runs the pick-up
site for Bells Flats. She said the contents in the boxes vary, but members can
always substitute items with other things Full Circle offers, based on their
produce items aren't always available in Kodiak. You may not be able to get
organic grapes here in Kodiak, but you can from full circle farm depending on
the time of the year, they have different produce available."
is a site sales associate with Full Circle in Alaska and said the company works
with members in Washington, Idaho, California and the Last Frontier. More than
40 percent of the produce in the boxes comes from Full Circle farms, with the
rest coming from regional farms and national distributers.
King said the company aims to provide more options and better produce to its
members, but tries to do so by supporting local agriculture, not stifling
-- (Full Circle 2 : 30 "There's
no way that full circle would ever put a local farmer out of business. We fully
support local farms and locally organic produce and grown produce. And if
Alaska was able to get to the point where we had a large enough volume of that,
we would certainly be making those connections and using that, but now it's
such a barrier for local Alaskan farms to get certified, that there's not
enough out there for us to utilize local ingredients in that direction.")
competition with local groceries, King said it helps to bring more produce
options to places like Kodiak where quality produce isn't readily available.
-- (Full Circle 3 : 22 "I
think it has actually had a beneficial impact, Safeway is actually one of the
companies that we're selling our produce to down in Puget Sound that is in
excess from our produce boxes. So personally I've noticed a much better variety
in not only organic produce, but healthier grains and fresher fruits and
vegetables since full circle has arrived. I think it's making people educated
and realize that they can make some positive changes in their families and
their households and that shopping is the best way to do that.")
King, who is in charge of Alaska
sales, said shipping costs for the boxes, like most things, are relayed to the
customer. This means someone in Kodiak is most likely paying a different price
than someone in Anchorage. Boxes range from $30 to $60 per week, depending on size.
King said the produce is picked and packed on Sundays, and typically delivered
to members on a Wednesday, depending on location. Those interested in
participating can sign up online at full circle dot com.
isn't the only distributor of organic produce on the island. Safeway carries a
selection of certified organic produce, as does Cactus Flats Natural Foods, whose
owners could not be reached for comment.