Copper River Salmon
What's the Big Deal?
The mighty Copper River is one of the swiftest and most rugged rivers in Alaska. Twisting and cutting deeply through the Wrangell and Chugach mountains, it's 300 mile stretch of pristine glacier-fed waters are riddled by hundreds of rapids.
Every May, around the 15th, the first salmon of the season return to the rivers and streams of Alaska with the Copper River being one of the first. King, Sockeye, and Silver salmon embark on their long journeys up the 'Copper to spawn and lay their eggs. As salmon start their journey up the river and prepare to spawn, their feeding habits diminish. Because the Copper River is so swift, they must store extra fat and oils in order to survive the long trip.
This high fat and oil content is why Copper River salmon are recognized as some of the world's best-eating salmon. One taste of this firm red fish, with its rich and nutty flavor, and you will understand why food lovers relish the three to four weeks that fresh Copper River salmon is available each year.
Fresh Copper River sockeye salmon, grilled with a ginger rice cake and pineapple, mango & strawberry salsa and finished with a light balsamic reduction. Thursday thru Sunday, or until it sells out (call ahead to reserve). Only at the Rookery!
Summer Sunday Serenades
Little Big Top Comes to the Rookery
The fun begins June 17 and extends all the way thru September 30. A total of 16 summer Sundays. Plus Labor Day Monday.
And 15 of those 17 dates already are booked with a wonderful and diverse lineup of performers. From acoustic guitar to keyboard. Folk to blues. Jazz to mountain gospel. Americana to Broadway. Even belly dancing.
This summer the Rookery will have it all...including a brand new patio grill menu to add further sensory delight to the outdoor music festival atmosphere.
It seemed, in fact, the only thing missing was a way to shield music fans from the sun or possibility of light precipitation. But no worries. The Rookery's little big top is on the way!
No, it won't quite rival the size of the tent erected at the top of Mt. Ashwabay each summer by our friends at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. At least not yet. ;)
But at 29 by 21 feet the Rookery's new decagonal (10 sided) tent is bright and spacious, with large church windows and a double peaked roof. And there are no internal columns to detract from the seating area and sight lines to our outdoor stage...where performers also will be protected under a brand new canopy.
Now the only thing missing is YOU. We hope you'll make plans to join us often on Sunday afternoons this summer (2-5 PM) for the Rookery's second season of live outdoor music. It's gonna be more fun than ever!
For a full schedule of performances look for our new posters around town or check out our online music calendar.
Time's Ticking Down for Fresh Veggies
Your first scheduled delivery of fresh organic produce from the Rookery's farm partner is just two weeks away. Get your order in now to take advantage of this amazing bargain!
Only $390 for a half bushel box of fresh organic produce delivered to the Rookery each week for 22 weeks (June 11-November 12) to be picked up at your convenience. Or take advantage of the shorter term vacation package: $225 for 9 weeks of fresh veggies (July 2-August 27).
The contents of each box vary by season, but will usually contain salad greens and 6-8 other vegetables, cooking tips, recipes, and other useful information. It will be delivered to the Rookery (most likely on Thursdays) where we'll keep it refrigerated until you can retrieve it.
Simply drop off your check at the Rookery (payable to DragSmith Farms) and we'll do the rest. Or you can mail it directly to DragSmith Farms, 1346 16-1/2 Ave, Barron, WI 54812 (in which case be sure to tell them you'll be picking up your farm share at the Rookery). Any questions? Call the Rookery or speak with someone directly at the farm (715-537-3307).