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NHCS Newsletter: Week 7, Season 1

Posted 7/23/2013 5:23pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Pollock for groundfish members and cusk for underdog members this week! They are both white, flakey, mild fish and easy to work with.  When looking for recipes any white fish recipe should do.  For those of you unfamiliar with cusk it's a member of the Cod family, just a bit smaller of a fish typically.

Our Fishermen of the Week this week is Jay Driscoll, FV Sweet Misery of Rye Harbor.  You can read about him here.


Big news! As I write to you today, NHCS' Co-Founder and Executive Director, Josh Wiersma is testifying on the state of our NH fisheries in Washington DC to the US Senate.  They have also personally asked him to discuss the evolution of NH Community Seafood.  Thanks to all of you, we are making US history today.  Thanks for being a part of it.  His wife, Jonida, is also in DC with him and she has been sending me updates thorughout the day.  The latest news, we have some senators who are looking to order Dogfish Shark next time they are in NH.  Change will come, but for now it's one step at a time.  Look for Josh on CSPAN sometime today.  I'll be cheering him on.


We have one more week remaining of Season 1 and then we'll be moving right into Season 2 which is to start Monday, August 5th.  Registration is now aviable for that on our website.  We'd love it if you could re-enroll as soon as possible to help save Josh and I some stress.  Currently there are only 50 people enrolled, and we're really hoping to see an increase in numbers this next season.  Registration for the start of the season will come to a close on Friday, August 2nd, after that we will be accepting additional members on a prorated basis for the first 4 weeks of the season. Also if we could all encourage one other person to enroll in Season 2, that would be a great help.  We'd love to meet our goal of 400 members by the end of summer.  Thanks for your help with this.

                     Sweet Misery

There are some changes to Season 2:

-  Tuesday's Rye Harbor pick-up will be changing to the Greenland Farmers' Market at the Greenland commons.  Pick-up there will be on Tuesdays from 3-6.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for our current Rye members who are looking to re-enroll.  We're hoping with the new location we'll gain more exposure due to the increase in foot traffic.  

-  The time for the Friday Durham pick-up will be changing slightly.  It will run from 11:00-1:30 instead of going to 2:00 in order to help us get to the Tilton Farmers' Market on time.  Also we may need to relocate to another Durham location half way through the season due to the start of the Fall UNH Semester.  Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions.

-  Despite what I had said in last week's newsletter, we will indeed be offering a Whole Fish share.  As it turns out our CSF members really love their whole fish which was great to hear, so we decided to include it again this season.  Thanks to those of you who spoke up.  We're glad you're enjoying it.  

-  Our Underdog share will become a weekly share rather than bi-weekly and we will be offering full, half, and quarter shares.  We've also decided to include Dayboat Dogfish in both our groundfish and underdog share due to such a high demand for it from our CSF members.  It's great to see it's been receiving such positive feedback.  We really hope to see a market develop here in New England for dogfish throughout the next couple of years.  I think it's going to be really important this happens in order for our fishermen to sustain their livelihoods.  Help spread the word.  Dogfish is delcious.  Thanks to all of your for being supportive, and experimenting with these new species previously unknown to many of you.  We believe that to be a huge component of participating in our CSF. 

-  Just as a reminder, our Tilton members are on a different time schedule than the rest of our CSF members since they started later in the season at the start of market. So I will be in touch with you guys about where you are in the season.  Also we'd love to boost our Tilton membership to help us justify continuing to drive all the way there.  Let me know if you have any suggestions about how we could do that.  

-  Also for those of you who have bought stock in NHCS, have no fear, we have not forgotten about our member-owners.  We plan on mailing out information packets and stock certficates very soon.  Make sure to look for those in the mail.  Thank you for your continued support.  And as a side note, when going to register for Season 2, if you've already bought one set of stock please refrain from purchasing another set of stock.  Our cooperative's bylaws state that each member is allowed one set of stock a year.  I'm not sure that's specified just yet on our website.  I will have to look into it.  Thanks for your understanding.

-  I still have yet to figure out what our lobster share is going to look like, but I am continuing to pluck away at that.  I promise I will send out an email as soon as something becomes available.  Also, I'm still waiting on another batch of lobster ravioilis.  Sorry to sell out so quickly last time.  I don't think Portsmouth Lobster Company was expecting us to go through them so quiickly.  As it turns out, NHCS members love their Lobster Raviolis.

-  Our new van is treating us famously.  We're hoping to have the logo painted on it tomorrow, which will make us even easier to spot.  Can't wait to see how that turns out.  We also should be receiving our custom FISHUES license plates soon.  I couldn't help myself; I tell you, it's the little things in life sometimes.  

-  If you have a Facebook and have yet to find us, I encourage you find your way over there when visiting cyber-world one day this week.  I try to keep the page updated as best I can with day to day going-ons.  

-  Also we are looking into possibly adding some sort of pick-up in Peterborough.  I have an email list of people anxiously waiting to hear more on that so I will be in touch as that evolves.  If we can get around 50 people to sign up for that, I'm sure we can figure something out.  If you have any friends in that area, be sure to give them a heads up...

I think that may be it for news and changes in our next season.  As we approach season 2, please don't be afraid to speak up; we'd love to hear from you about any changes or improvements you'd like to see.  Afterall this is as much your cooperative as it is ours.  Speaking on behalf of Josh and I, we have a never ending list of things we'd love to improve, add, and elaborate on.  It's in our best intentions to continually improve upon this CSF.  Any additional input from our members would be appreciated greatly.  


See you all next week for our last week of Season 1.

Thanks for your continued support.  

And we hope to have you again for Season 2.  

Don't forget to sign up today and tell a friend!




Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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