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NHCS Newsletter: Spring/Summer Session, Week 8: Oysters

Posted 6/19/2017 4:21pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood-Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

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Welcome to Week 8 of our Community Supported Fishery! If you are an 8-week Member, you should have received emails today directing you to this link: http://www.nhcommunityseafood.com/members/returning to extend your Membership if you would like to continue with our program.

Please use this link to choose one of our EXTENSION Memberships, allowing you to extend your Membership to either a full 15-week or a full 30-week Annual Membership! 

This is our last week in the Spring/Summer Session that we are offering Shellfish as part of your shares. Your share this week will consist of one dozen oysters, regardless of your Fish share size! All Fish share members are charged the same Member price for the dozen oysters, which is $16/dozen!

We sincerely apologize for all the confusion caused by the new Shellfish HOLD system and the inability for us to double fish shares for HOLDS on Shellfish, due to pricing differences!

Don't want Oysters this week? Simply use our HOLD system here to HOLD oysters this week, receive a $16 credit to use with us for future purchases, including Additional Fish weekly,  for the rest of the season!

We are once again offering local, NH Great Bay grown Oysters from our friends at Virgin Oyster Company this week! Our Oyster Producer, Brian Gennaco has been fighting rain closures and red tide alerts, but was able to safely harvest our oysters this week!


Brian and his wife Sarah, shucking oysters at the Chowderfest, Prescott Park 2016

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.


 Brian's Homemade "Oyster Tumbler" at work in the field



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 year and some Members have tried it and loved it!


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=oysters




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.


Additional Fish Orders- Use your CREDIT from HOLDING SHELLFISH: 
Starting again next week , each remaining week within the Spring/Summer Session,  you can order Additional Fish each week HERE ! This is one way to use your credit and get extra fish if you did a HOLD on a Shellfish week.
We credit you the week of the Shellfish Week that you held and you use that credit to order Additional Fish!
You can use this credit to buy Additional fish  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!
We hope you enjoy our final week of oysters (we will have more as Add- ons later in the season) and thank you for your patronage!
By supporting a wide variety of seafood producers throughout the Seacoast, we are getting the freshest product available while making a direct impact on our local economy and the livelihoods of our seafood harvesters and producers!
Thank you for all your support!

Andrea Tomlinson

General Manager




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





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