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NHCS Newsletter,Week 3, Session 1

Posted 6/1/2015 6:26pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


Hello CSF Members,

Welcome to Week 3 of our Community Supported Fishery! I hope everyone enjoyed their Acadian Redfish last week. This week, our featured fish is the Yellowtail Flounder! With our Day Boat Season kicking off today, we will be seeing a lot of flounder species this month.

The Yellowtail flounder is found in the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to the Chesapeake Bay. The species got its name from the yellow tint on the tail and fins that encompass the top and bottom of the flattened out, eyes on top anatomy of this species. Like all flounders, the yellowtail spends most of its time on the bottom of the ocean, particularly in sandy bottoms and is basically sedentary unless disturbed or hungry.

The flesh of this bottom dweller is lean and firm with a sweet taste often used as the standard when comparing the flavor of other flounder species.

Our Fishermen providing us with this delicacy this week are veteran NH Fisherman, Dave Goethel, of the F/V Ellen Diane and Neal Pike of the F/V Sandi Lynn. Both Dave and Neal are Day Boat Fishermen in our NH Sector and have collectively fished for over 75 years! Thanks guys for braving the early June weather to land us these wonderful fish!

Dave Goethel                                                       Neal Pike and his son, Neal

Looking for something Seafood related to do this weekend? NH Community Seafood and NHSeafood.com, aka NH Fresh and Local will be at the Prescott Park Arts Festival,  31st Annual WOKQ Chowderfest! Held at Strawberry Bank in Portsmouth, across from Prescott Park. Come on down, festivities start at 11:30, chowder, beer and wine will be served. It's a family friendly affair and we will be there reaching out to the public and letting people know about our fresh and local seafood! For more information go to www.prescottpark.org/event/wokqs-31st-annual-blue-point-brewing-company-chowder-festival.

Now, logistics time:


I am still getting a number of inquires on these topics. I had sent out an email specifically directing you how to do the above. Let me reiterate: If you would like to do a hold on your share OR a temporary change of your pick up location (don't forget to change it BACK to your original location) you can now do that on your own by logging into MEMBER LOG IN and select the prompt in the shaded gray box "Schedule a new vacation hold or temporary pick up location". You must do the HOLD the SATURDAY BEFORE the week you wish to hold. We cannot accommodate HOLDS the same week, the night before or the same day of your pick up. This is because your fresh fish is ordered the weekend before your pick up. Once you do a HOLD, you may DOUBLE up on a share any week within the Session, but you must CHOOSE THE WEEK YOU WANT TO DOUBLE up as well, right after you choose the week you wish to HOLD. Please don't miss out on a week of fresh fish, do your HOLD the week before and double up at your convenience anytime within the Session. If you forget to do a HOLD and cannot get there to pick it up, may I suggest asking a friend or family to pick it up for you. We don't ask for id, no carding of anyone, so as long as you check off the member's name on the list, all is fine! It sounds complicated, but it's really not! 


If you are enjoying your fish so much, as many members are, and wish to INCREASE your share amount, or split your share in two, because  you are sharing it with a friend or family member, you can do this on our website also. Go to MEMBER LOGIN as above and follow the prompt in the shaded gray box " Update Your Current Share Options". There you will see options to increase your share or for example, if you have a 2lb share and want it split in two, you would select 2X 1lb Share.

Prorated sign ups ended today. We had over 50 new members sign up since we started two weeks ago, so if you helped spread the word..THANK YOU. As of today, we are 533 strong! This calculates to over 600 fillet pounds of fish every week that we are directly purchasing from our NH Fishermen to help keep them afloat!

Freezing your Share: 

Some of you have asked me if it's okay to freeze your share if you cannot use it within a few days of picking it up.. Depending on the species, fresh fish will stay fresh and edible up to four days in the refrigerator. MOST of the fish you buy in the supermarket and even at your local fish market has been previously frozen. It will not ruin the fish to freeze it and then thaw it out later to cook. You will lose a tiny bit of the fresh flavor and firmness of the fillet by freezing, but often times this is not noticeable. 

Cooking your Fish:

And don't forget the cardinal rules to cooking fish, it's all in the marinade (try marinading the night before, putting the fish in the fridg overnight and then cooking it the next day..fantastic) and 10 minutes per inch. That is, for every inch of thickness of a fillet, you cook it a total of ten minutes, that includes turning it. So, a 1 inch fillet would be sauteed, grilled, steamed, fried..5 minutes per side. Here are some grandiose recipes from our partner, NHSeafood.com for all species of flounder, including our share this week, the yellowtail:http://www.nhseafood.com/recipes_flounder.htm

Volunteering with NHCS:

Lastly, in I would like to extend the opportunity to all of our Members to  help out with NH Community Seafood and its mission. As you know, we are a Cooperatively owned organization and rely on volunteer help to make things run smoothly and help us grow. Here are a few thing we could currently use some assistance with:

LABELING BAGS: This week, Friday at the Portsmouth Fishing Pier from 12-3pm OR, you could volunteer to take bags home and label them. My son and I did 350 bags the first week and it only took 2 episodes of "River Monsters" with Jeremy Wade!

HANGING FLYERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY: Starting next week, I will have some flashy flyers at your pick up location to take and hang up around your community. I did this in Concord one day before Session 1 started and the next day, had 12 new members sign up! Concord's membership has quadrupled since last year! I still believe in flyers, they work!

Please contact me at :andrea.csfish@gmail.com  or call or text me at 603-767-7209 if you can help with the bags this Friday!

I will have various volunteer opportunities available weekly and it's a great way to meet new people and get involved!

And don't forget, if you like social media, you can retweet our tweets on Twitter, like and share us on Facebook, invite your friends to our Facebook page and use the vast social media network available to us today to SPREAD THE WORD!

THANK YOU  for your continued support and patronage. It is with people like you that we can attribute our success.

ENJOY the delicious flatfish, the Yellowtail Flounder.

All the best, 













Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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