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NHCS Newsletter: Week 3, Season 2

Posted 8/25/2014 10:04pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

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Ahoy CSF Members.

We are entering our third week of Season 2.  For those of you who are new to the CSF, WELCOME!  We are happy to have you. 

We will have Atlantic Pollock for CSF members this week.  There is a slight chance we may have White Hake for members later in the week.  If you do end up with white hake, do not be discouraged, it is another great white fish that is very easy to work with.  Because we are dependent on what are fishermen are catching each day, we have to be flexible when supplying fish to our CSF members.  Thank you for your understanding.  Luckily, when fish is fresh, it's amazing, no matter what.  

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.  

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. 


News for the week.

Portsmouth CSF pick-up will be on Fridays starting this week at the Commercial Fish Pier from 3-6 pm.  There will be no Portsmouth pick-up on Wednesday this week.  

Nashua pick-ups will continue to be a self-serve system at Railroad Square Park alongside Brookford Farm's stand.  Please be sure to check your name off the list when picking up and make sure to grab the appropriate share out of the respective cooler.  If you are owed a double share that week, there will be a note next to your name that says "Double Box."

If ever unsure of what to do when picking up your fish, or confused as to what you are to be receiving one week, please do not hesitate to call or write with your questions.   

Some of you have written asking the status of your payments that have been sent in the mail.  Once we receive the mail, we enter the payments into individual's accounts.  All members at that time receive a notification alerting you that we have received your payment.  If you don't get a notification immediately following mailing your check, please don't fret.  It may be that we have not had a chance to enter them into the system right away.  We will do our best to enter them in within the week that we receive them.


We hope everyone enjoyed their Acadian Redfish last week.  Our new junior blogger Jayden, "the kid fish monger," and her family did.  You can enjoy Jayden's latest post, at www.wordpress.kidfishmonger.com.  Be sure to check back often, or even sign up to receive her weekly posts via email.  Jayden is planning on doing posts about each of our species bi-weekly along with a recipe of her own each week.  Enjoy!

We have enjoyed working with the NH Community Loan Fund throughout the past year.  They have been an instrumental tool and helping us establish ourselves as organization and nourishing our growth along the way.  We are very thankful for their support.  They recently shared an article along with a video featuring our successes, and a brief interview with NHCS Executive Director, Joshua Wiersma.  You can find that article along with the video here.   



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. 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. Maybe we can show him some more lobster love this coming Friday.  You can find him down on the docks on his boat Vivian Mae, named after his youngest of 4 daughters.  


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.)

Think that may be all for this week.  We hope everyone enjoys their Atlantic Pollock.  

Happy fish days to come...






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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