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NHCS Newsletter: Week 6, Season 2

Posted 9/11/2013 12:30pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.



Good day CSF members.  

We are currently in week 6 of our second season and have 2 more weeks to go.  This week we started with White Hake for those members who didn't get it last week and today we will be switching to cod for the remainder of the week for groundfish members.  Underdog members thise week will be receiving either butterfish or cusk dependent on availablity.  Cusk is a close relative to cod and the butterfish are offered whole, great for the grill, to bake, or pan-fry.   

Looking to next week, we are anticipating flounders.  It has been a while since we've been able to offer them due to a lack of landings throughout the summertime, but as the weather begins to cool down, we should be seeing them more and more.  Our local waters have around 4 or 5 different varieties to offer, so hopefully with time, everyone will get the chance to try them all.  The joys of eating seasonally!

Thank you to Manchester members for your understanding in regards to the missed market last week.  My apologies if you did not receive word in time; we tried to send out an email as soon as we were aware.  Thursdays are our biggest delivery day, with over 100 members picking up, and it worked out that there was just not enough fresh fish to go around.  Only one of our full-time boats had ended up fishing the day before.  We will be sure to extend all of your seasons by one week, or you can ask to double up a week if you'd like.  The choice is yours.  That being said, we plan on seeing you all tomorrow at market!  

Fishtival is this Saturday, September 14th at noon in Prescott Park.  We'd love to see some CSF members in attendance.  It's especially a great event for kids.  There will be plenty of activities for them to engage in, one being Which Fish is This? a fishtival favorite.  We will also have fish cook-offs, vendors supplying tastings, music, demos, and fishing gear displays.  New Hampshire Community Seafood will be there in full force, hopefully with our new NHCS t-shirts which we finally ordered.  Hoping to have them for the weekend, but definitely by next tuesday at the latest.  Be sure to pick one up next week.  They're gonna go quick, and we only ordered 100 to start.  

Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to respond to our 2 part survey.  We were very pleased with the results.  Overall, everyone seemed proud to be a part of our community.  Shrimp and Scallops came out to be the most desirable add-ons to our offerings, and generally people had lots of great suggestions as to what they would like to see us improve and elaborate upon.  Some suggestions that stuck out:  more recipes available at pick-ups and online, a forum for which members could interact and communicate with each other, more notice on what fish people are receiving and what to expect, and overall better communication when a change in plans.  These are all great suggestions and something we will take to heart.  I have already begun establishing fact cards for each one of our fish to have available at pick-ups as well as access to on our website; hope to have these finished for the start of season 3.  We will continue looking in to ways we can improve.  Now that we have our initial foundation set since the inaugural season this past June, we will have more time to expand and improve our cooperative.  Thank you all for your patience and support along the way.  Hard to believe this is how we started out on June 10th:

Season 3 will be beginning September 30th.  I know, it is hard to believe.  We are currently in the process of redesigning next season's options and pick-ups.  Our offerings are pretty much all finished, however we are still in the process of working out some scheduling and location conflicts.  The weather will be getting cooler, so the goal is to move indoors if possible.  Maybe some of you could help with some suggestions or direction.  

  • We currently are at a loss as to where to have next season's Manchester pick-up due to the market coming to a close.  We would like it to be indoors if possible.  Maybe a farm, a member's garage, thrift store, restaurant, or a food coop.  
  • We also are looking for an indoor space in Durham, ideally somewhere where we could leave a everyone's fish labeled with their name on it, possibly in a refridgerator, to be picked up between set hours.  Maybe a UNH building, community center, or church?  If this is possible, we're thinking we might shift Durham's pick-up to a tuesday or wednesday. TBD.
  • We will continue to do a Peterborough drop, but are considering driving the fish there ourselves if we can get another 30 members or so by the start of next season in addition to our current members.  We're gonna need all of your help to spread the word about the CSF in your region.  
  • We will continue our Dover drop in the same location, even once the brewery opens, however we may shift the day to Tuesday and shorten the pick-up time slightly.  To be determined. 
  • Portsmouth Harbor pick-up will be moving somewhere indoors.  We are hoping to move in with Heron Pond Farm at a barn in Portsmouth, but we will let you know.  There will be no more Greenland pick-up at the close of this season, so if you'd like to continue to pick-up, it seems like Durham or Portsmouth would be your best bet.
  • Salem pick-up is to be determined.  At the end of this season, we would like to turn this pick-up into a community drop like we do currently with our Peterborough members.  Does anyone have a space they would be willing to offer up for 20 or so Salem members to pick up fish one day a week?   

We appreciate all of your leads and suggestions.  Registration for the upcoming season will be made available this coming Saturday in time for Fishtival.  We'd love to have you join us for another season.  Also, if you have any friends in other regions of the state that would like to begin receiving fresh fish, have them get in touch with us and maybe we can work something out.  

Looking to the future, this third season may be our last weekly season until the start of the new fishing year at the beginning of June '14 at which point we will be starting back up again in full force.  That being said we plan on attending winter farmers' markets each week and are in the process of applying for those now.  Those will be starting up around Thanksgiving time.  We will be sure to share where we will be each week throughout the winter so you can come and stock up on fresh fish as need be.

I guess that's all for now.  Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you all in the next week.

Enjoy this last bit of Summer!




Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115