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NHCS Newsletter: Week 1, Season 1

Posted 6/9/2014 10:53am by Josh Wiersma.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


Good Day CSF Members.  

Thrilled to have you all join us for our first season of our second year as the Granite State's only Community Supported Fishery.  We had a great response from families all throughout the state this year and will be starting off the season with over 420 members strong!  It feels great to know so many people care about our fishermen as much as we do.  Thank you for your continued support.  

I want to share a bit of information with all of you, so we can all be on the same page this season about how everything is going to work out.  First things first, you can expect to get a newsletter from me every Monday morning, so you have an idea of what fish you will be receiving each week, as well as any changes in scheduling and so on.  I also will do my best to send a gentle reminder about your pick-up the day of.  We understand summer's can get chaotic.  


That being said, we will have Yellowtail Flounders for everyone this week!  We have several of our draggers targeting flounders, and we are anticipating catching enough Yellowtails for everyone.  For those of you unfamiliar with Yellowtails, they are in the flounder family and are therefore a flatfish.  Since they are a flatfish, you will find that you end up with several smaller fillets in each of your shares.  Beware, they cook faster than your typical white fish fillet because they are so thin.  They are a sweeter type of fish, and we would recommend lightly pan frying or baking them.  They go great over a salad.  They do not hold up well on the grill.  They are also really great to roll around a seafood stuffing or vegetables of some sort.  Asparagus is my favorite, or some garden fresh spinach.  We hope you enjoy them.  


Our fishermen of the week is Jamie Hayward of F/V Heidi Elisabeth and F/V Rolling Stone of Portsmouth Harbor.  I was fortunate enough to go fishing with him yesterday.  We left the docks at 3:30 in the morning and got back in around 7:00 in the evening.  Overall it was a successful day, and we saw a submarine which was pretty cool.  You can read a quick bio I wrote about him on my Fishues Blog here.  Also, we will be sharing some awesome new photos with you from time to time from Sara Forrest, an amazing photographer who moved to town recently from NYC.  She has taken interest in our cooperative and will be helping us out from time to time.  We're happy to have her around and she makes us look really cool.  Even some of our guys are surprised at how cool she makes them look, like in this photo of Jamie below.  Hope you enjoy her photos in addition to some of my own.  



We would like to publicly announce to all of you, our newest partnership with Brookford Farm of Canterbury.  They will be hosting many of our pick-ups further in state this year, enabling us to offer fresh fish to a much wider audience.  We currently only have a staff of 2 which often makes it difficult for us to be everywhere at once.  By working with Brookford we are able to finally make it to Concord, Canterbury, and Nashua, and more widely promote our local fishery.  We look forward to watching our community of seafood lovers continue to grow throughout the year.  That being said, I will not always be there to personally distribute shares each week, and will miss seeing so many familiar faces.  Sorry to disappoint; I sometimes wish I could be everywhere at once.  This means that if you ever have questions or concerns regarding your pick-ups or shares, please be sure to contact us either via phone or email.  Brookford employees are not responsible for anything other than giving out our shares.  


Below I'd like to share with you this Summer's schedule as it stands now.  Please take notice of any side notes with regard to your pick-up.  Also, when picking up your share, please make sure to cross your name off the pick-up list posted.  We also recommend bringing a cooler to help keep your shares at the proper temperature until you are able to get home. (Please note, if you signed up late Saturday night, June 7th, or later, you have enrolled in the prorated season and will not begin picking up until the following week beginning June 16th.)   


Monday:  Newsletter from Me!  Fish-of-the-Week


-  3:00-Dusk at Brandmoore Farm in Rollinsford.  Fish will be in a box in the walk-in.  Full, half, and quarter shares will be clearly labeled.  Please make sure to grab the right share.  

-  4:00-7:00 at Farmer Dave's in Dracut, MA.  Josh, our executive director will be manning this pick-up to start.  Ask him lots of questions about fisheries and policy.  He loves it!

-  3:00  Starting week 2 we will hopefully have set up a Nashua pick-up and will provide more information about it as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience!  Everyone will be receiving double shares that first week to make up for missing this week.


-   3:00-6:00 at 140 Orchard Street in Portsmouth.  It's in the barn of a white house in a residential neighborhood.  Please be courteous when parking and navigating through the area.  We are guests there.  Heron Pond Farm will also be distributing their CSA shares there.  We will also have Anthony, a local high-schooler volunteering this summer to help hand-out shares.  Be sure to give him a smile.


-  2:15-6:00  Exeter Farmers' Market at Swasey Park.   I will be there every Thursday at our tent with your shares.  

-  3:00-7:00 Brookford Farm Store, Canterbury.  Your shares will be in their walk-in labeled and ready for you to pick-up.  Please don't forget to cross your name off the list.

-  4:00-5:30  Manchester, hosted by Brookford Farm.  This first week you will be picking up at the Brookside Church Parking Lot.  The following week, you will be picking up at Brookford Farm's tent at the Farmers' Market at Victory Park from 3:00-6:00.  If you are afraid it will be difficult to pick-up your share during such a short window this week, please let me know and we can hold your share for this week and you can get double the following week at the Manchester market.  Also please be sure to check your name off the list when picking up each week.  

-  3:00-6:00 Concord Plaza at 55 North Main Street.  Brookford Farm will also be hosting this pick-up so please be sure to look for them and their van.  Don't forget to check your name off the list.  


-  3:00-6:00 39 Mill Pond Rd. Durham.  This pick-up is graciously being hosted by one of our own CSF members in her garage attached to her purple house.  We request that everyone be courteous when navigating through their neighborhood.  There will be a refrigerator with your shares and a pick-up list posted.  Please be sure to cross your name off the list each week.  Any issues with your shares, please contact us.  And if you see Kate or other members of the family, please be sure to give them a wave and tell them how much you appreciate them hosting us.  We really appreciate their help.  

-  3:00-6:00 Dover Health Foods & Cafe on Chestnut Street.  We will have coolers in the back of the store with your shares separated out.  Be sure to check your name off the list.  Also, feel free to shop around while there.  They have some great products.  Any issues with your share, do not bother their employees, contact us.

-  3:00-6:00 4 Laurel Street, Peterborough.  Most of you know the drill since you've joined us before.  Shares will be divided into separate coolers for this pick-up.  They will be in Sarah's families garage. Be respectful.  And if you see her and her family be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them hosting the pick-up.  


Wooooo!  I think that's all of them.  Glad we are all on the same page.  If you ever have any questions or comments regarding pick-up, please do not hesitate to call or write.  Again, don't forget to check your names off the pick-up lists and try to remember your coolers.  It's important to keep your shares at the proper temperatures to ensure the freshest fish.  

Those of you who have participated in our CSF previously, may notice our new packaging.  We have ditched the wax paper altogether and ordered freezer bags as well as NHCS labels.  This way we are able to cut-down on waste and streamline our distribution process.  Hope you enjoy our new labels as much as we do!  

I know this can be a busy time of year for everyone, so I just wanted to remind you all of our Vacation Hold Policy.  If you are ever going to be out of town, please give us 3 days notice and we can hold your share for that week, and double you up any other week that you would like.  We do not want you to miss out on your shares.  That being said we also know it's the time of year for visitors as well. If you are ever hosting additional guests, if you give us a week's notice, we can provide you with additional fish to pick-up with your share certain weeks.  We would just ask that you pay the difference when you pick-up.  It's always nice to share the love, especially when it's fish as fresh as this.  Keep us in the loop and we'll do our best to help you out!

For those friends of yours who fear they have missed the start of the season, tell them not to worry.  We will be accepting additional members for the next 2 weeks for a prorated season.  June 21st will be the last day to register for the season, but registration for Season 2 will be soon following.  We plan to hold 3 8-week seasons this year, bringing us right up until December.    

Sorry for such a long newsletter, but I think that may be all that I had for you this week.  Thanks to all of your for your continued support.  We look forward to getting this season rolling and are thrilled to have so many wonderful people joining us for another great Summer of the freshest fish our Seacoast has to offer.


Have a great week!  

And don't forget to pick-up your fish!

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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