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NHCS Newsletter: Spring/ Summer Session Week 6, Oysters

Posted 6/5/2017 3:00pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood-Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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Dear %%user-name%%, 

It's finally our first of two Oyster Weeks! This is the first year we have attempted to incorporate Oysters into our CSF shares and we commend all our Members who are trying them for the first time!

This week and Week 8, starting Tuesday, June 20 are our two oyster weeks. Every member, regardless of fish share size, is receiving the same amount of oysters for their share: One dozen raw oysters per share, priced at a Members Only price of $16/dozen! 

As we had mentioned last week, harvesting oysters is weather dependent, because oysters are "filter feeders", filtering water like a strainer for their nourishment. If it rains, the state of NH Department of Environmental Services tests the water and the oyster meat for health safety. The rain last week and expected today and tomorrow are preventing our NH Oyster farmers from harvesting, so we have done the next best thing and sought out oysters from our friends in Cape Cod for our early week deliveries!

Our Oyster farmer, Brian Gennaco, pictured below will be able to harvest later this week and has been kind enough to source our early week Oysters. Thanks to Brian for all his hard work!



Brian is the owner of Virgin Oyster Company in Dover, NH. He manages two separate oyster farms in the Great Bay Estuary and is one of 16 Oyster Farmers here in NH. Last year, Virgin Oyster Company provided us with our Add on Oysters and our complimentary oysters at our Annual Shareholder Celebration.

You can get Brian's oysters at Franklin Oyster House in Portsmouth, NH. Brian also sells to a local New England distributor.

If you DO NOT WANT OYSTERS this week, please HOLD here now. Deadline to hold for the upcoming week is always Monday at 9pm. After that, we will not be able to do a HOLD for the upcoming week, sorry! You will receive a credit of $16 for the held oysters that you can use anytime with us for future Memberships, Additional Fish or Add on.


The most common way to eat Oysters here in the US is raw. But you don't have to, you can cook them or even put them on the grill to open them up. 

If you don't feel comfortable shucking your raw oysters, try this: Put your oysters, flat side up, on the grill for 8-10 minutes at a medium heat. The oysters will steam in their own juices, open up and be ready to eat. This is a trick I learned last year, tried it and was hooked!


Here is a link to how to Shuck an oyster. The oyster in the video is similar to what you will be getting: https://youtu.be/Ruuz4v4RwYg

And if you prefer to cook your oysters, here is a link to some Pinterest recipes, including the famous,Oysters Rockefeller:https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=oyster%20recipes&rs=typed&term_meta[]=oyster%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=recipes%7Ctyped.



IF YOU HOLD FOR OYSTER WEEKS, DOUBLE FOR OYSTER WEEKS, otherwise you will receive a credit. Ex: You hold Week 6 or 8, you can DOUBLE Week 6 or 8 only.

However, you can hold your fish share for any week you do not want that week's offerings or will not be available to pick up your share. The week(s) you choose to double up, you will receive double of that week's fish offering. This feature is especially useful for when you are on vacation or if you are not interested in any of our 3 weeks when we will be offering shellfish.

Simply select the week you wish to "hold" your share by Monday at 9pm the week OF your delivery. Then select the week you wish to "double up" your share to make up for your hold.  DOUBLES are only permitted on Week 8 for holding on Week 6, Oysters for Oysters.

Enjoy the Oysters and remember to use your Credit for Additional Fish Week 7!


Additional Fish Orders- Use your Credit from HOLDING SHELLFISH: 
Starting again next week, you can order Additional Fish each week HERE if you would like! This is one way to get extra fish if you did a HOLD on a Shellfish week. We credit you the week of the Shellfish Week that you held.
You can use this credit to buy Additional fish by the pound throughout your session here. Or, if you don't have a credit, just use your credit or debit card to order extra fish any week you need it!
Thank you for our patronage, enjoy the oysters and look forward to Fish Week next week!

Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager





Mailing Address: 1 Peirce Island Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801





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