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NHCS Newsletter: Week 8, Season 1

Posted 7/30/2013 9:28pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


So we are wrapping up the last week of our first season of our newly founded community supported fishery.  Thank you all for a great season!  We couldn't have done it without all of you.    

Still to pick up this week is Portsmouth, Manchester, Durham and Tilton CSF groundfish members.  Fish this week will be an assortment of favorites from this past season and will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.  We plan on having Pollock, Cod, Monkfish, Cusk, White Hake and possibly King Whiting available, each in limited supply, so come on the earlier side to guarantee your favorite.  We also plan to have some extra made available at each of the pick-up if you're looking to take home additional fish.  


If you are looking to continue on with us into Season 2 please make sure to re-enroll on our website here, or let me know when picking up your fish this week, and I can do it for you.  The deadline for joing us for the start of Season 2 is this Friday, August 2nd.  You can either pay online, mail us a check, or pay cash, check, or credit at your first pick-up.  We'd love to have you join us again for another 8 weeks of the freshest fish.  

As a reminder, if you belong to the Tilton CSF your first season does not come to a close until August 23rd, so you can disregard all the sign up notices.  Also, last week was the last week for underdog CSF members.  Hope you enjoyed your Cusk.

In other news, Josh has returned from Washington, D.C. where he was invited to speak on behalf of the NH fishing industry.  NH Senator Ayotte supports our New Hampshire fishermen.  Read more about Josh's time in the Union Leader here.  As it turns out, US Senators are curious to learn more about our CSF and many of them are itching to try our NH Dayboat Dogfish.  Pretty exciting!!! 

Looking towards Season 2, we've finally decided on a lobster share.  If that is something you are interested in, sign-ups are available on our page now.  It's looking like it's going to be a bi-weekly share of 4 lbs. for a full share or 2 lbs. for a half share of live lobster every other pick-up.  We have Taylor Lobster of Kittery, Maine and local lobsterman Damon Frampton to thank for this new share option.  If you have already registered online and would like to add this option to your share, please feel free to contact me and I can help edit your account.    


We also finally have been able to track down some more raviolis for our CSF members and are now in possession of 5 cases.  Hopefully these will last us all through the week.  They will be available at each pick-up, 14 dollars a bag.  I believe each bag is around 12 ounces.  Sorry it took me so long to acquire more.  Thanks for your patience.   

We have also decided to include a Peterborough pick-up for Season 2.  If this is something you'd be interested feel free to enroll online or give us a shout.  Also, please share this information with any of your friends who live in the area and would like to participate.  We do not have all the logistics of the pick-up worked out just yet, but are hoping to have more information available soon.  It may involve rotating CSF members volunteering to pick-up everyone's shares for distribution back in Peterborough in exchange for free fish.  Thanks to all those who have been persistant in demanding fresh fish further inland.  

If you are unable to join us for Season 2, but are looking to still pick-up fresh fish and lobster from time to time, feel free to contact us, be in touch, or visit us at one of our market pick-ups.  We do our best to bring along some extra fish from time to time.  And either way we'd love it if you'd stop by and say Hello.  

Now that we have Season 1 under our belt we are hoping we can more easily elaborate on our current model that we have set in place, offering you, our members, more.  Things to look forward to: Additional NHCS merchandise (t-shirts, hats, notecards), Value-Added products (raviolis, NHCS-made fish cakes and fry mixes), CSF Fish Frys, How-To work shops ("Dealing with whole fish"), etc.  We are continually brainstorming and looking into new ideas.  We'd love to hear what you would like to see for Season 2.  We're hoping only to improve our CSF here on out.

I guess that's all for this final Season 1 newsletter.  

Thank you all for your continued support.

It's been a great first season!

And don't forget to join us for SEASON 2!




Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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