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NHCS Newsletter: Week 8, Season 1

Posted 7/28/2014 10:47am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


Week 8, Season 1

Ahoy CSF Members.

Hard to believe, but we are entering into our last week of fish for Season 1.  We will be finishing the season off with Atlantic Pollock.

Pollock is a vastly abundant species in our local waters and is an excellent substitute to cod or haddock.  Though the flesh looks a bit darker than the more popular white fish, once cooked it turns white, flakey, and delicious.  This fish does great broiled, baked, grilled, as well as fried and therefore makes an excellent fish and chips, a great feast for a rainy day like today.  Here's a recipe for fish and chips below:  


Beer Battered Pollock

            1 1⁄2 lbs fresh pollock
            3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
            1⁄2 tsp black pepper
            Choice seasonings (like cayenne, etc)
            optional 12 oz. beer*

Combine flour and pepper in a large bowl.

Slowly pour in beer, whisking constantly until smooth.

Dip food in batter, allow excess to drip back into bowl and drop directly into deep-fryer.

Fry for 2 minutes or until dark golden brown, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels or newspaper.

Our fisherman of the week this week is Jamie Hayward, F/V Heidi Elisabeth of Portsmouth Harbor. He will be supplying the majority of our Pollock this week.  You can read all about Jamie on our Fishues blog here.  
Driving this week I crossed a grand benchmark in the history of NHCS.  We hit the 10,000 mile mark on our custom-refrigerated van we purchased nearly a year ago to the week on my way back from a delivery to Local Eatery in Laconia this past Wednesday.  Hard to believe our van has gone so many miles within our Granite State transporting our NH catch to those who care enough to support our fishermen and sustainable fisheries.  It doesn't feel like that long ago I first climbed into the van on my way to the Tilton Farmers' Market last July.  As you may note from the picture below, the van was a bit cleaner and tad more organized back then...but who's judging.  


I wanted to take a minute to feature all the wonderful restaurants who have joined our cooperative as part of our Restaurant Supported Fishery program.  Every week, we now offer the same fresh catch you have all been enjoying to our RSF restaurants who have made the pledge to support our local fisheries: Black Trumpet, Blue Mermaid, Book and Bar, Bridge Street Bistrot, Joinery, Local Eatery, Republic, Stages at One Washington, 7th Settlement, and even Dining at the Isle of Shoals Marine Laboratory.  You can find a full list of participating restaurants at our site here. Through their creative talents, they make our delicious local fish taste even better! It's been really exciting to see what new and exciting recipes each of these restaurants comes up with from week to week.  Here are some examples below:

Joinery, Newmarket

Bridge Street Bistro, Portsmouth


Portsmouth Book & Bar


That being said, please support these restaurants by eating there frequently. And when you do go, please let them know you support NHCS, whether a past member or present.  If there's a restaurant you have in mind that's not on our list who you think may be interested in participating in our RSF program, please send them our way.  We'd be happy to have them join our community of seafood lovers.  


In other news, for those of you who frequent the Portsmouth Farmers' Market, you may notice that we are no longer there.  Our board of directors collectively decided that it was not worth our efforts to participate each Saturday due to a lack in sales, although this is not entirely bad news.  Initially it was great to help get the word out, but as it turns out, the majority of the people who came by market and said hi, were already CSF members and therefore were not interested in buying additional fish.  As it turns out we already had a great deal of fans in the Seacoast area, and therefore Saturday markets are not necessary for the success of our cooperative.  And hey, I'll take a Saturday off; why not? Thank you for showing us such a strong level of support!   

Don't forget, you can still find us at the Exeter Farmers' Market on Thursdays from 2:15-6:00!


Last Thursday I was able to convince NHCS Executive Director, Josh, to man the Exeter booth for me at market while I made a surprise trip over to Manchester to say a long overdue "Hello," to our Manch CSF members.  I've missed seeing all of you each week.  It's was nice to see so many familiar faces.  

And maybe most importantly, I finally got to meet our trusty volunteer Bill Maki and his wife.  They have been volunteering each week to hand out our fish at the Manchester Farmers' Market.  We are so thankful for all their help this season.  Maybe when you see them this week you could give them an extra thanks for me for all their time and dedication.  They will be continuing to help with fish distribution next season until they head south for the winter at the end of September.  If anyone would like to volunteer to take their place at that time please let me know...    

Did anyone enjoy Damon Frampton's lobsters last week?  I know I did.  On my way home from work, I stopped and grabbed a few to enjoy with my family Friday night.  And boy, did we have quite the feast.  My grandmother could not stop "Oooing," and "Ahhing." I checked in with Damon Saturday, and as it turns out, I wasn't the only one who helped themselves to a lobster feast this past Friday.  Damon sold a record-breaking 211 pounds in the 3 hours he sold lobsters off his boat this past Friday.  Congrats Damon!  Maybe we can do even better this week...

Fridays: LOBSTER, 3:00-6:00, Portsmouth Harbor,

Damon Frampton's F/V Vivian Mae  

(Follow the signs, they'll point you in the right direction.)


If you are a stockholder within our cooperative, you should have received an online invitation this past weekend to our first Annual Stockholders Celebration on Sunday, August 31st at Four Tree Island in Portsmouth, NH.  This event will be open to stockholders only.  Information regarding the event can be found here.  If you would like to attend the event, but have not yet invested in NHCS feel free to do so on our online sign-up page now, or send us an email.  Additional information regarding what it means to become an owner of our cooperative can be found online here.  Help strengthen our cooperative!


Just so we are all on the same page, this is our last week of Season 1.  That means that next week there will be a break in fish distribution.  There will be no fish delivered next week! (With the exception of our RSF restaurant deliveries)  If you are owed a share of fish for missing week 8, you can look to receive that share the first week of Season 2, which begins August 11th.  It may be helpful to send me a reminder as week 1 pick-ups approach...


Looking to the future, this is our last newsletter of the Season. It's time to register for Season 2 of our CSF if you have not done so already.  If you have been enjoying the fish, and would like to continue receiving your fresh catch, please re-enroll online or send me an email telling me you would like to do so.  

Help us reach our goal of 600 members for the start of Season 2!

Share posts about our cooperative on Facebook, start an email chain within your office, connect with friends via Twitter, email us for copies of our fliers for you to share within your neighborhood or around town.  Organize a group of friends to sign-up so you each can take turn picking-up each other's shares.  We need your help, to spread the word about our community of seafood lovers!  We will be offering pick-ups in the following locations: Portsmouth, Dover, Durham, Exeter, Rollinsford, Manchester, Plymouth, Nashua, Concord, Laconia, Peterborough, Concord, and Canterbury.


Here’s a sample Facebook post:

Want to eat fresher fish, protect the ocean, and support NH fishermen and the local economy?  Join the https://www.facebook.com/NhCommunitySeafood Community Supported Fishery!  


Here’s a sample tweet for you to share:  

Eat fresher fish, support NH fishermen, and protect the ocean. Buy a weekly #CSF fish share from @NHCommunityFish   


Also, we will be sending out a survey later this week asking for your input as to how the season went for you.  Looking forward, we would appreciate your feedback, after all this cooperative is as much yours as it is ours.  We promise it won't take too much of your time...  

I'd like to thank you all for supporting us this past season.  It's been a pleasure writing to you each week, and we were thrilled to have so many people enjoying our NH fresh catch along with us.  We're hoping many of you will continue into next season.  

If you choose to take a break this next season, don't forget to consider joining us again for Season 3, our last 8-week season of the year to run from October 12th-December 7th.  Also, if you miss the start of Season 2, don't sweat it.  We will be accepting membership for the prorated season the first 2 weeks into the season, so be sure to check back if you don't make it for the start of Season 2.  


Thanks again for being a part of our cooperative this season!

If this was your first season, we hope you enjoyed it and look forward to continuing.  If this is your second, third, or fourth season (we know you're out there...) Thank You for your continued support!  We value your patronage.  

And maybe most importantly, we hope you enjoy this week's Atlantic Pollock!  


Sarah VanHorn





Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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