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NHCS Newsletter: Fall Session: WEEK 5- WHITE HAKE

Posted 9/10/2018 3:17pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


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Welcome to Week 5 of our Fall Session for our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) and Restaurant Supported Fishery. We welcome all our new members who have signed up at a prorated price at our Farmer's Markets!

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This week's Catch of the Week is White Hake! A delicious, light, flaky white fish. And our Add ons are Scallops.

We also have Additional Fish, both Catch of the Week and Haddock, each week, available through our online ordering system hereDiscounts are available on any order over 2lbs!

If you signed up for an 8-week Membership and enjoy the program, we will let you know how to extend to our 16-week Membership as the session progresses.

Scallops as Add ons this week! Deadline was moved to tonight! Still time to order here!
Scallops are fresh off the boat, and each 1 pound bag has between 12-20 big scallops! These are really tasty, get some with your fish share this week!
Oysters next week from Virgin Oyster Company, orders will be ready tomorrow!

You can "hold" your share any week within your specific Session that you will not be available to pick up OR any week you do not care for the Catch of the Week. Please use our Member Login to do your holds hereYou will also have to choose a week to "double" your share. 

Double shares get two bags of your share size. Please pick up a duplicate of your share.

You can also choose to do a Temporary Pick up Location change, any week you would like to pick up your share at any of our other 23 Pick up Locations. You can do that here, simply choose "Change Pick up Location" from the drop down menu, under the box marked Action (see above).


We use a system called Small Farm Central for all our Membership Management, emails and Member Accounting. The system is not smart enough to allow for you being on hold for your regular share, but ordering Additional fish or Add-ons. And we currently have over 400 members and simply do not have the administrative staff to individualize each Member's orders! So sorry folks, if you are on hold for the week, we can't get you Add ons or Additional fish!


We operate on the Trust System. You do not have to be paid in full to receive your first share. We do ask that you pay as soon as possible and will accept payments in installments, if necessary. Please be advised, however, in order to order Add-ons, your Membership must be paid in full. If you haven't already done so, please send us a check for your balance to: NHCS, 1 Peirce Island Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801. If you send a check, it saves us the 3% charge from Paypal! If you choose to pay online with a credit or debit card, do it here.


Distinguished by the white barbels on the chin and white spots, White Hake are found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Cape Hatteras, NC and occasionally some schools will stray into deep waters off the coast of Florida. White hake migrate from cooler, deeper waters in the winter to warmer, shallower waters in the spring and summer. Some juveniles can be found in estuaries in the summer. Adult hake can live up to 20 years old and female white hake are among the most fertile of all groundfish (the fish that live on the bottom or "ground" of the ocean), producing up to several million eggs in one spawn!


Despite it's name, the hake is not all white, it is a mud-colored (hence the nickname, "Mud Hake"), white spotted fish on the sides, bronze-gold colored on top and white on the underbelly. Hake have a rather large mouth, the cardinal barbel and very long pectoral (the ones on the sides) fins that have ray- like projections spanning off the body


Your Fishermen this Week are the Young crew on the  F/V Witchcraft! Lucas Raymond, one of NH's youngest Fishermen, is upgrading from crew to Captain this week, while owner Jay Driscoll stays on land! Crew member Sean Rand is helping out on the stern. Jay and Lucas used to fish the F/V Sweet Misery, out of Rye Harbor, but have upgraded to this bigger boat, enabling them to fish both day trips or 2-3 days at a time!


Captain Jay Driscoll, down below on the new F/V Witchcraft

 Lucas Raymond (left) and Jayson Driscoll, fishing together for years



White hake are delicious because they primarily eat small crustaceans like lobsters and crabs and shrimp! What a bonus for us! Their flesh has a thick, white meaty consistency and cooks up nicely. Here is a link to some great recipes on Pinterest Page here or on our new Wordpress Blog here.


Seared Hake with Lentils and Brussel Sprouts,  (Courtesy of Pinterest)



RECIPE CONTEST FOR MEMBERS-got to play to win!

We are still doing our Facebook Recipe Contests, with a Winner being chosen Monthly!

Here's how to enter:

Use the Catch of the Week Fish
Post your picture and recipe
  • Post on our   Page

This month's winner is Eula Kozma, from our Spring Ledge Farm Pick up in New London. Congrats Eula! Contact Kendall@nhcommunityseafood.com for your winnings of 1lb of fish!


Eula Lee Kozma White hake in a lemon, herb and garlic butter. Served with yellow squash noodles and pesto.
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Kendall Young, our Assistant Manger is available for all your  Member Management questions. Please email kendall@nhcommunityseafood.com with any and all Membership questions pertaining to your account.


In addition to our Community Supported Fishery, we also run a thriving Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF).  Our RSF is supply driven and operates on the old adage of the "Catch of the Week".  You can read all about it on our website.

Check out all our new customers under the "Just Added" below! McKinnon's Market is stocking out their fish counter with NHCS fish! 

The following restaurants and retail stores participate in our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program. Through their creative talents, they make our delicious local fish taste even better and available to a wider audience! Please support them by eating and shopping there frequently. And let them know you support local, sustainable fish!

Here are three of our newest RSF customers:

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We also enjoy a partnership with Three River Farmers Alliance. They help pair our local seafood with chefs in the Seacoast region with a desire for locally sourced foods.


We are currently vending our Catch of the Week and signing up new Members, at the following Farmer's Markets:


Seacoast Growers Association

PORTSMOUTH- SATURDAYS 8am-1pm Haddock available weekly 

EXETER- THURSDAYS 2:15-6pm Haddock available weekly



HENNIKER- THURSDAYS 4-7pm  Haddock weekly




Thank you for your Membership for our Fall Session. Every Membership we have helps to directly support our struggling fishing industry here in NH! Remember, with each pound of fish you buy, our Fishermen get a .50/lb incentive on the price! This helps and it's all because of you!

All the best,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801




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