About

Hello, Friend and welcome to Produce On Parade.

This is me, Katie, and over there is my ever-loving husband, Todd. You’ll see a lot of our child dog, Bailey as well. He has lots of nicknames, so keep up!

Our little family lives happily in Alaska. It’s where I grew up and where Todd (from Ohio) was lured by legend of the amazing Alaskan women. Bailey is a rescue from the last cell, down a hallway in a local shelter. The only puppy that remained after three days. I thought three days was much too long to be left in a shelter, so I brought him home. Apparently he was found in a field. This doesn’tΒ surpriseΒ me as he can open doors. He also responds to whether he wants, food, water, outside, a walk..etc.

We are vegan. Scary, I know. But it doesn’t have to be! And that is the premise of this blog! That and our Alaskan adventures of course, which we would love for you to join us in. We started out on our vegan adventure due to firstly some health issues, and secondly the knowledge that came from the research of a vegan diet due to said health issues…and of course our vegan lifestyle really took root (pun intended) due to a great respect for all living creatures and their welfare, as well as the welfare of ourselves!

Please feel free to contact us about anything you fancy at our email: produceonparade@hotmail.com

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16 thoughts on “About

  1. This looks like a really wonderful blog you’re starting here Katie. This really inspires me as my husband and I are making our way to meatless eating (fish remains our issue). You can make sure I’ll try some of your recipes! Good luck!

    • Hi Mathilde!

      Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate it. I can sympathize with you for sure, fish is one of the things I miss the most. Especially living in Alaska, salmon and king crab are kind of our thing! Everyone assumes that fish is so healthy but we are finding out now, maybe not so much 😦

      This information helped me (at least mentally) make the switch for good. http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/fish/

      I hope you find some tasty recipes to keep you and your husband happy, and healthy! Cheers!

    • Poppy, thank you! That made my day πŸ™‚ I hope you’ll find some recipes that tickle your fancy. I’ve been wanting to start a food blog for a little while now but I needed a good reason. Converting to veganism in Alaska (land of salmon) was just the launchpad I needed!

  2. Nice to meet the 3 of you πŸ™‚ Have you ever spoken to about of your friends about veganism ? In particular the local inuit ? I would be interested to hear about that.. Thanks for sharing !!

    • Hi, Thomas πŸ™‚ Yes, I have spoken to my friends and family about veganism. I haven’t really reached out to the Native Alaskan community so much. I am a mammographer, not a doctor, so it’s not really my place at work to be giving nutritional advice to my patients. In addition, consuming animals is definitely a way of life for most people up here. It’s subsistence for a lot of Alaskan Natives, so I am not sure how well veganism would be accepted Some rural communities can barely get groceries and the ones they do get are very expensive, so they really depend on the land to provide for them.

      That being said, I have spoken to my local grocery stores about carrying more vegan-friendly items and I have spoken to friends and family about the nutritional benefits of a plant-based diet, as well as the detriment to animals by consuming their products (with only mild resistance). After all, as a child I grew up going to fish camp, caribou camp and eating lots of moose, so I can see the difficulty in accepting such a change to a person’s way of life.

      I do what I can in my personal life, but at work it’s a different story. Hope that helps!

      • Hi Katie, I am interested because I cannot see how one would talk about becoming vegan when in some places (I guess) would be too cold for vegetables to grow (I may be wrong though) I would imagine vegetables to be expensive. I was really meaning your friends, as you said you grew up there and what they would say to you that you are vegan.. it’s interesting.. I stay away from the health reasons etc because I am not a medical person whatsoever πŸ™‚ so I never talk about something I know nothing about… Thank you so much for going into details I am always interested in how many vegans there are and where they live. I know couple in Iceland which is pretty cool too πŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend.. great photos of you, your partner and dog….. I bet you have lots of fun with that camera πŸ™‚

  3. Okay, how am I finding out about this by finding a comment from you randomly on another food blog!? This is SO cool Katers! Also very beautiful aestheticaly πŸ™‚

    • Haha, I’ve been found out! Which blog? Thanks, Anners. Well, I dunno, it’s a way to work out the new and unique…trials?…of being vegan I guess. A place to both gripe and praise it. It’s kind of a cathartic release I guess πŸ™‚ Todd has been wanted me to start a food blog for awhile now but I never really had a good reason or passion to, and now I do!

  4. I love your blog, Katie! My dad grew up in Alaska, and we still have tons of family up there. Dad gave up his summers of salmon fishing when he became vegan in the 90s. Reading this makes me miss spending the summer on Lake Aleknagik up there. Beautiful place!

    • Hi Lindsay! Oh my goodness, you are too kind! That is so neat your Dad is up here, I used to love salmon so much, it was one of my most favourite foods. I’ll try to post more Alaskan pictures for your viewing pleasure. I am so tickled it reminds you of your time spent here! We should have a vegan potluck if you come up! It’s hard being vegan in Alaska: Land of Salmon, Moose and Caribou.

    • Oh my goodness, Yvonni! Thank you for those lovely words πŸ™‚ You’re very kind. I’ve always wanted to go to New York! Todd is from Northern Ohio, so one day we will drive up there…when I’m feeling brave πŸ˜‰

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