Welcome To Rogotzke's
Simple Gifts Website
We are now taking orders for the 2015 fishing season.
Call to order (218) 525-5474
or use our online order form
Maple Syrup -
|We have a beautiful maple forest just outside of Duluth, Minnesota. Currently we have 5000 taps and continue to expand as the weather permits. Check out our Maple Syrup page to learn about the sap process which generally runs from mid-March to mid-April. It must freeze over night and thaw during the day to be optimal for drawing the sap out of the trees. Order your syrup online or give us a call.
Matt, Leah, David, Katie, Anne Rogotzke
A colorful progression of maple syrup, 2009 |You are welcome to visit us to see the maple syrup process from start to finish. We give hour long tours during maple season which include learning to tap a maple tree, viewing how the sap flows through lines to converge into one tank, and turning sap into syrup in the Sugar Shack. Give us a call at 1-218-525-5474 to schedule your tour.
Our award winning 100% pure maple syrup took 1st place at the 2006 and 2009 Minnesota State Fair. We also won first place in 2003 and second place in 2005 and 2014. Our syrup is available in a variety of sizes, just check out our ordering page. We also have maple butter, which 100% pure maple syrup boiled, chilled, then churned into a creamy consistency. It is fantastic on toast, muffins, pancakes, or whatever you can think of.
The Spring 2015 Maple Syrup Season
2015 was another great year for us. We produced 992 gallons of syrup! Spring is preserved in fine glass bottles and is ready for pickup. Check our order page for details.
Wild Alaskan Salmon -
We have commercially fished salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska, for the past 33 years. We mainly fish for King and Sockeye salmon, which run from early June to the end of July.
Wild Alaska Salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska, come from one of the last pristine ecological habitats on earth. Consequently the absence of pollutants and toxins enable the salmon to be a rich source of nutrition, as nature intended. Wild Alaska Salmon provides vitamins and minerals, as well as being rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. For more information, check out our Alaska Salmon page and place your order today.
Dave and daughters Katie and Leah
with King salmon, 2009
Wild Pacific Cod is now available.
2015 Fishing Season
We are now taking orders for the 2015 fishing season. We had a remarkable! catch in Nushagak Bay and Kvichak Bay where bay-wide totals were over 50 million sockeye. We had a strong catch of king salmon in Nushagak Bay. Halibut is in short supply this year and we may not be able to fill all orders.
Pebble Mine Update
The Clean Water Act imposed by the EPA will make it more difficult for mining to go forward but the mining companies have not given up.
Recent Events -
June 2015 - Recently we have received inquiries on our policy towards used maple syrup bottles. We will clean and reuse bottles! Feel free to return the bottles directly to us or to the store, if applicable.
July 2015 - Millions of salmon returned late to Bristol Bay after many fishermen had given up hope of having a good season. But then there was a mass arrival of the gift of millions of salmon.
Our maple syrup took first place at 2014's Minnesota State Fair! After an abundant '15 maple season, we have plenty of award-winning syrup to distribute so be sure get your tasty maple syrup.
Learn about the maple syruping process of Simple Gifts from a vidoe recorded in the 2009 season by a local news station. Click here to view the video.
During the 2009 maple syrup season we welcomed Slow Food Lake Superior, a group committed to the local, sustainably-produced food movement.