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NHCS Newsletter: Week 2, Season 1

Posted 6/16/2014 6:41pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Hope everyone enjoyed their flounder last week.  

This week we have Atlantic Pollock for everyone.  Atlantic Pollock is a tasty and abundant alternative to some of the more popular species such as cod and haddock.  It is a white flakey fish with a thicker fillet, but tends to be a bit darker in color than what you may be used to.  Because it is a thicker fillet, it holds up nicely on the grill (I suggest foil packets), or you can bake it, fry it, cook it on the stove top or use it in a chowder.  

One of my favorite things to do is make fish cakes.  I bake the fish in some milk with herbs until it's cooked all the way through, and then flake it into a bowl with some mashed potatoes an egg or two a little bit of bread crumbs and some fresh greens and citrus.  A pound of fish goes a long way with this recipe and therefore you end up with lots of leftovers which I like to freeze and pull out as I like.  And whoever said you can't have fish for breakfast? I love them with an egg fried over the top and some siracha aioli.  Delicious!  

Can't wait to hear how you all end up preparing it.  Please feel free to share your recipe ideas on our Facebook page.  Pictures are always great too!  Also, speaking of media outlets...have you found us on Twitter or Instagram and be sure to like us on Facebook.  Stay in the know, and follow what's going on with NHCS each week.  


Our fisherman of the week is Neal Pike of Sandi Lynn out of Seabrook Harbor.  You can read all about him here.  He is responsible for many of the flounders you all enjoyed last week, as well as the President of the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative in Seabrook, an important component of our NH fishing community.  If you are ever in the area, you should stop by and check out their store-front market.  They have lots of NH fish to offer all year long.  


I have a few updates for everyone.  

For those of you who pick-up on Fridays, we will not be delivering fish on Friday, July 4th.  Instead we will have fish available for you on Monday, July 7th at the same place, same time-frame, except for Peterborough, there's a chance we may be able to get fish to you on Thursday, July 3rd.  We will be in touch about that.  If you'd like to arrange for alternative scheduling please remember to email me with your vacation holds, and information about when you would like your double shares.   


If you have yet to pay for your season of fish, please mail in your payment or log into paypal and make your payment that way.  We appreciate people trying to pay at your first pick-up, however it seems it may work out better for people to mail in checks than to try to pass payments along through outside sources.  

There may have been some confusion last week, seeing it was our first week of the season, and for many of you, your first pick-up ever.  Have no fear, things will get easier.  We are doing our best to simplify and eradicate pick-ups of such confusion.  

New this week, we now have 3 different sized bags for each of the different shares.  That way when you are picking up you don't have to second guess about if you are grabbing the proper share.  If you have a 2 lb. share, it will always be in the 2 lb. bag (1 gallon freezer bag), and so on.  We also have begun labeling our bags with our logo as well as the type of fish, so that might help make things clearer for people.  So take notice of what size bag you are grabbing this week, you will always be grabbing that size bag.  

If you are expecting a double share one week, please note the column next to your name that will say Double Box and take 2 of the shares that you would normally take.  For example if you are receiving a double share one week of your half share, you would be taking 2 of the one pound bags, not a full share or 2-pound bag.  Hope that makes sense.  Like I said, things will become clearer as we go.  

The Nashua pick-up was cancelled this season due to the lack of response in the area, but we are hoping to change that for next season.  We are going to continue to rally support and hopefully offer it again for Season 2.  If you still have yet to email me about transferring to a different pick-up, please do so this week.  We will do our best to accommodate your wishes.  Thank you for your understanding Nashua friends.  And don't forget, spread the word, and get your neighbors on board so we can make it happen for next time...

If you have friends that are still looking to sign-up for this season, send them to our website this week.  It will be our last week of registration, closing this coming Saturday evening until Season 2.  Registration for Season 2 will be opening half through this first season.  

Also, not sure what to do with your Saturday, come visit us at the Portsmouth Farmers' Market.  Stop by and say hello, or buy additional fish for those Saturday night dinner guests.  We will also have Portsmouth Lobster Ravioli available for purchase at market.  You can also find us at the Exeter Farmers' Market on Thursdays.  Don't be a stranger.  And send your friends over too; we can fill them in on all the great things going on.

That being said, we must be doing something right as our community of seafood lovers has grown to be over 500 members this season alone.  We are thrilled to see so many wonderful people stepping up and supporting our NH fishing industry.  Your support has not gone unnoticed.  We are excited to see what the future holds for our cooperative, however as our community grows, we are going to need more help from each of you.  The more volunteers we have hosting pick-ups and helping to distribute fish, the more members within our NH community we are able to serve.  

For example I'd like to highlight one of our Durham CSF members' efforts.  She has offered to host our Durham CSF pick-up accommodating over 70 Durham members.  Together we set up a refrigerator which we stock full of fish each Friday afternoon and members come and cross their name of the list as they are able, grab their share of fish out of the fridge and go on their way.  It's a pretty amazing system and we'd love to establish more like it.  

Have any ideas, or would like to facilitate a drop, please let us know.  We would like to establish one like this in Manchester, Nashua, and Dover possibly.  

And thanks to all of you who work to help us out.  You know who you are!

If you're thinking you'd like to volunteer, we're looking for some members to volunteer handing out fish in Manchester each Thursday.  Email if you're interested.  Also, we would like to host a CSF gathering and stockholder party in Portsmouth one weekend at the end of July, and are seeking members who would be interested in helping us organize it.  We're thinking cook-offs, live music, lots of fish and fun in the sun.  Got any ideas, give us a shout.  

CSF Members from a Peterborough gathering last November
In other news, I currently have some of my photos of our fishermen on exhibit at the Black Bean Cafe in Rollinsford, NH if you are ever in the area.  They will be there all throughout the month of June.  
And finally, if you have not heard, we will be launching our first ever Restaurant Supported Fishery or RSF program this coming week.  That essentially means that we are providing restaurants with the ability to become members of our community as well by signing up to receive weekly deliveries of our fish to serve in their establishments.  Looking for some new ideas and inspiration on how to prepare the different fish, visit our participating restaurants for ideas.  We are excited to see our NH fish being offered to NH diners.  Information about our growing list of participating restaurants can be found on our website here.  We are anticipating a total of 10 restaurants for the start of the RSF season next week. 

I think that may be all I have for now, although I am sure I am forgetting something.  Oh well, it will come to me.  

Wishing you all a wonderful week, and look forward to hearing how you enjoyed the fish.  







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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