Ellen Axtmann, who orchestrates the Laramie salmon sale for One School at a Time, distributes fillets to eager and cold-hardy Laramie residents from behind the local food coop, which also sells Misty Fjord Salmon and donates the profits to One School.
Laramie, Wyoming is about as far away from the ocean as you can get in the lower 48 states. Maybe that’s why sales of Misty Fjord salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska are so popular in this little mountain town. Laramie is far from Uganda too, so what’s the connection with One School at a Time? Thanks to Misty Fjord Seafood Producers, owned by fisherwoman Fran Kaul, profits from the Laramie sale go directly to One School.
Fran is an old friend of One School’s director, Bay Roberts, and they hatched this salmon selling scheme while on a mountain bike trip in Utah several years ago. Ellen Axtmann of Laramie, another friend of Bay’s on the trip, agreed to orchestrate the sale, and it’s become a much anticipated event for Laramie-ites, who love the delicious fresh salmon.
In December, Ellen distributed about 1,000 pounds of salmon fillets to individuals, and the Big Hollow Food Coop bought an additional 600 pounds, also donating the profit to One School. In all, the sale netted over $6000 for One School at a Time and insured that Laramie residents will get their Omega-3 for another season.