Join Us in Sitka in 2019!
One of the benefits of joining our Community Supported Fishery is the opportunity to know where your fish come from. Historically, we've done this through packaging, videos, blogs, and emailed content. In 2019, we're taking a new step, by giving our members an opportunity to meet our fishermen, see our processes, and engage with our island community behind your monthly good-fish box - all while steeped in the majestic natural beauty of Southeast Alaska.
Over the course of the next few months, we will be offering 4 unique opportunities* to win an all-expenses paid trip for 2 to Sitka, Alaska. There, you'll join the Sitka Salmon Shares team to explore our community and its surrounding environs. The trip will take place June 9-14, 2019. What are the opportunities you might ask?:
Announced August 15th, 2018 (this opportunity is now closed--keep an eye out for next years contest!): Win our recipe contest! Our 2018 Member Recipe Contest champion was member Dan Pell of Madison, WI. Check out his recipe here, and check out the inspiration for it here! Not bursting with culinary inspiration? Have no fear. There are three more ways:
Announced October 1, 2018 (this opportunity is now closed): Sign-up during early enrollment for our 2019 CSF. Enroll for next years community-supported fishery before November 1st via our members-only early-enrollment page, and enter to win a pair of tickets.
Winner: member Beth Bradley of Arrington, TN.
Announced November 1, 2018 - Participation deadline is 12/9 at midnight (this opportunity is now closed): #GuessToGo2018! Can you guess the weight of this gigantic halibut?
The correct answer is 65.4lbs!
The winning guess came from member JoAnn Binzen of Iowa City, IA. Congrats, JoAnn!
Announced Monday, January 14th 2019: Write your way to Sitka! Write a 250 word essay with one of the following prompts:
1) What does a sustainable seafood system mean to you?
2) Why do you believe it is important to "Know Your Fisherman"?
Winner: Diane Boehm
*Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to be privy to any of these opportunities. If you'd like to enter into our trip drawing, but are choosing not to enroll, you can still do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's there to do in Sitka anyway?
Good question... To which we rebut, what isn't there to do in Sitka?!? We've had a blast welcoming members and friends to our hometown over the years. Trip itineraries have varied significantly, but here are a few examples of activities:
Meeting Your Fishermen
Shake the hand of the people who work long hours in tough conditions to catch your fish. See what a day on their job is like. Explore Sitka Sound from the deck of their boats. Learn all about what it takes to participate in sustainable Alaskan fisheries and produce the highest quality fish.
Capt. John Skeele, F/V Sunfish, fresh King Salmon shaking his hand. Photo by Diana Zalucky.
Tour Our Fish Plant
We'd love to show off our little powerhouse fish plant. From a sparkling clean production line to a state-of-the-art blast freezer, our fish plant is where the magic happens. More importantly, it's where your top-quality fish is produced.
Our small island outpost is loaded with history, culture, and great food. Whether it's dinner at Ludvig's Bistro, lunch at Beak, or drinks and fishing tales at the Pioneer Bar, Sitka delivers. There's also a fantastic little museum, a science center, totem poles scattered throughout Sitka's Historical National Park, and a famous Russian Orthodox church.
Wild caught, wild cooked fish, fishing adventures, history tours, wildlife, and more!
Adventure through Baranof Island and Sitka Sound:
Whether you're a mountain-climbing trail-warrior or more of a laid-back casual outdoors-person, adventure awaits in Sitka. The rugged beauty of Baranof, Kruzof, and Chichagoff Islands is only a hike, or boat ride through Sitka Sound away. Chances are you'll see whales, seals, birds, otters, and lots of trees along the way!
"The entire trip was truly wonderful. I was impressed by the people who were our guides. The scenery was the most memorable, but the food was exceptional as well. Ludvig’s especially."
-- Participant of our Knox Alumni Sitka Tour
"Having been to Alaska before, what was different and a standout was meeting locals and getting a sense of what motivates these people to live there and their focus to protecting and preserving the lifestyle and environment. Also, since we are Sitka Shares members we were most interested in seeing the operation." --Participant of our Knox Alumni Sitka Tour
Adventure awaits! Need we say more?
Please don't hesitate to reach out to Salmon Support if you have questions. You can also message us on Facebook. The complete itinerary for our 2019 trip will be solidified in early spring once we've given away all of the trips, so stay tuned, and of course, stay wild!
See you soon!