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NHCS Newsletter: Week 2, Season 2

Posted 8/14/2013 10:53am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

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So far this week we’ve had a variety of options for both groundfish and underdog shares in addition to our first week of lobster shares. 


For groundfish shares so far this week, we have offered a mix of yellowtail flounder, cod, and a small amount of redfish.  For underdog we have offered king whiting for a second time in addition to squid which we were able to offer a limited supply of at the Greenland Farmers’ Market yesterday.  Looking to the remainder of the week we will be offering a mix of cod and redfish for groundfish shares and whole butterfish and king whiting fillets for the underdog shares.  For those of you dying to try redfish, have no fear, we plan to offer it to our Monday/Tuesday pick-ups next week since they missed out this week. 


We finally have found a way to order enough Arcadian Redfish for all members via one of our NH boats Anne Marie who lands their fish in Portland, Maine.  Yesterday for the first time, we drove the refrigerated van with our new “FISHUES” license plates, up to the Portland Fish Exchange Seafood Auction where we loaded a pallet of 500 pounds of whole redfish straight into the back of the chilled (40 degrees F) van to drive back south to Seaport Fish of Rye where they began filleting it for our Wednesday CSF members.  Since F/V Anne Marie makes longer fishing trips traveling further offshore they are able to catch a lot more redfish unlike our local boats which tend to travel no more than 20 miles offshore, enabling us to finally offer this tasty fish to all our groundfish CSF members.  For those of you unfamiliar with redfish it is most often compared to a grouper or Caribbean type fish such as snapper.  They are also a great fish to serve whole, either by baking it or boiling whole fillets of it directly in a stew.  It would work great in a Rondon style stew, a Caribbean staple.  Check out my blog here for the recipe I learned while traveling in the Caribbean this past winter. 


We were also able to offer a limited supply of squid at the Greenland Farmers’ Market to our underdog members.  We were nervous to see how people would react, but it seems we worried for nothing.  People seemed thrilled by the option of preparing fresh, locally caught squid, so we are going to do our best to offer it more often at markets and to our underdog members when available.  Lately it seems our draggers, Neal Pike and David Goethel, have been landing quite a bit of it, so hopefully you will be seeing more of it.


Our lobster share has been running smoothly.  For those of you participating, look for the NH Seafood bands on the claws of our lobsters, a program funded by New Hampshire Marine Debris to Energy project and Fishing for Energy Partnership.  These bands are part of a campaign our local lobstermen have been participating in marine debris and removaal and prevention projects.  CSF member and Sea Grant employee, Becky Zeiber went lobstering with one of our lobstermen Damon Frampton this past Thursday and made a great video about the program.  You can watch that here.


If you are not signed up for a lobster share, but would like to receive lobster one week, please email us several days ahead of time and we can add your order to the lobster pick-up for that week and have your lobster available with your share of fish for the week.  Through our CSF we are offering 1 ¼ lb. soft shell lobster averaging at $6.00 each.  Lobster weeks will be bi-weekly on Week 2, 4, 6, and 8. 


Today is the Seafood Throwdown in Rye from 3:00 pm  I will not be able to make it due to our Portsmouth CSF pick-up from 3:30-6:30, but I believe Josh will be making a brief appearance to drop off the secret ingredient for the cook-off.  If you get the chance to go, be sure to look for him there and don’t be afraid to stop and say hi.  Also, let me know if you get to see how the cook-off goes.  I’m curious to hear what the competitors concoct.


Also tomorrow, our CSF’s Board of Directors will be meeting for the first time.  We are looking forward to running some new ideas past them as well as hearing their constructive criticism for the upcoming season.  I believe that meeting will be held outside tomorrow at the Porstmouth Harbor drop-off.  Currently our board consists of 2 fishermen, Jamie Hayward and Neal Pike, lobstermen Damon Frampton, Sea Grant Cooperative Extension Specialist Erik Chapman, CSF member Chris Duffy, and CSF Executive Director Josh Wiersma.  I’ll be sure to share an overview from that meeting in our next newsletter. 


In other news, NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be visiting our NH Community Seafood’s office this Thursday morning to hear more about our CSF and it’s progress throughout the past few months as well as to meet with a handful of our local fishermen and men and women that comprise our local industry’s infrastructure.  It should be an exciting morning to say the least.  Josh and I are really excited to share all the wonderful things NH Community Seafood is doing for our Seacoast Community and would love for our CSF members to attend.  If you are free tomorrow morning and would like to share your love with our CSF with Senator Shaheen please feel free to stop by our office around  10:30.  We’ll be sure to post information the morning goes later this week. 


In the next week we plan to meet with Will Carey of the Little Bay Oyster Company to discuss the possibility of offering his oysters to our CSF members as add-ons at each of our pick-ups.  Stay tuned for more on that.  We look forward to continuing to seek out more ways to diversify our shares of our local seafood harvest. 


Save the Date.  FISHTIVAL is coming soon.  The NH Fish and Lobster Festival at Prescott Park is going to be Saturday, September 14th  from 12:00-4:00 and you better believe NH Community Seafood will be there in full force.  We will be holding a cook-off between 3 of our CSF members.  We will supply the fish and our 3 selected members will compete face to face in front of eager fish-loving crowds.  The winner will receive a free ½ groundfish share for an 8-week season of their choice.  If you’d like a chance to compete email us your favorite recipe today.  The deadline to enter the competition is September 1st.  


Adding the Peterborough pick-up for the first time this past week was a great triumph.  Thank you Peterborough members for making this new drop off such a stress-free success.  We’re so happy to have you as part of our CSF.   We still have plenty of room in our CSF so if you have any friends that are looking to join feel free to show them the way.  Glad to hear you all have been enjoying the fish.  My only regret is not getting to meet or see any of you each week; please feel free to contact me with any suggestions, concerns, or encouragements you may have throughout the season.


If you are a member who bought stock in our cooperative entitling you to be a part-owner, first and foremost we’d like to thank you for your support.  We apologize for taking so long to acknowledge all of you, but we are planning on putting together your stock certificates and packets of by-laws and entitlements, rights and responsibilities in the next 2 weeks.  You can look for those in the mail or we may hand them out at pick-ups.  For those of you wondering, our cooperative’s by-laws allow each member one set of stock per a year, so please refrain from purchasing a second set of stock until our next fiscal year in June ’14.  Again, thank you for your patronage. 


Dogfish shark received ample news this past week with the ceremonial passing of shark week and was featured on the Chronicle this past weekend.  I’m sure some of you were able see it, but for those of you have who missed it, feel free to check it out here.  It’s great to see such an under-appreciated species finally receiving the attention it deserves.  There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be seeing such an abundant resource in our local food stores.  It’s nice to know that as the market for dogfish evolves throughout the next few years, our CSF members will always be able to say they had the chance to try it back when.  Thank you for helping to support this new and evolving market. 


I guess that’s all for now.  We look forward to continuing to improve upon our community supported fishery. 

Thank you for all your love and support along the way. 





Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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