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What's New?! Stay in the know and follow our Community Supported Fisheries progress
Posted 6/16/2014 6:41pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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WEEK 2, SEASON 1

Hope everyone enjoyed their flounder last week.  

This week we have Atlantic Pollock for everyone.  Atlantic Pollock is a tasty and abundant alternative to some of the more popular species such as cod and haddock.  It is a white flakey fish with a thicker fillet, but tends to be a bit darker in color than what you may be used to.  Because it is a thicker fillet, it holds up nicely on the grill (I suggest foil packets), or you can bake it, fry it, cook it on the stove top or use it in a chowder.  

One of my favorite things to do is make fish cakes.  I bake the fish in some milk with herbs until it's cooked all the way through, and then flake it into a bowl with some mashed potatoes an egg or two a little bit of bread crumbs and some fresh greens and citrus.  A pound of fish goes a long way with this recipe and therefore you end up with lots of leftovers which I like to freeze and pull out as I like.  And whoever said you can't have fish for breakfast? I love them with an egg fried over the top and some siracha aioli.  Delicious!  

Can't wait to hear how you all end up preparing it.  Please feel free to share your recipe ideas on our Facebook page.  Pictures are always great too!  Also, speaking of media outlets...have you found us on Twitter or Instagram and be sure to like us on Facebook.  Stay in the know, and follow what's going on with NHCS each week.  

 

Our fisherman of the week is Neal Pike of Sandi Lynn out of Seabrook Harbor.  You can read all about him here.  He is responsible for many of the flounders you all enjoyed last week, as well as the President of the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative in Seabrook, an important component of our NH fishing community.  If you are ever in the area, you should stop by and check out their store-front market.  They have lots of NH fish to offer all year long.  

 

I have a few updates for everyone.  

For those of you who pick-up on Fridays, we will not be delivering fish on Friday, July 4th.  Instead we will have fish available for you on Monday, July 7th at the same place, same time-frame, except for Peterborough, there's a chance we may be able to get fish to you on Thursday, July 3rd.  We will be in touch about that.  If you'd like to arrange for alternative scheduling please remember to email me with your vacation holds, and information about when you would like your double shares.   

 

If you have yet to pay for your season of fish, please mail in your payment or log into paypal and make your payment that way.  We appreciate people trying to pay at your first pick-up, however it seems it may work out better for people to mail in checks than to try to pass payments along through outside sources.  

There may have been some confusion last week, seeing it was our first week of the season, and for many of you, your first pick-up ever.  Have no fear, things will get easier.  We are doing our best to simplify and eradicate pick-ups of such confusion.  

New this week, we now have 3 different sized bags for each of the different shares.  That way when you are picking up you don't have to second guess about if you are grabbing the proper share.  If you have a 2 lb. share, it will always be in the 2 lb. bag (1 gallon freezer bag), and so on.  We also have begun labeling our bags with our logo as well as the type of fish, so that might help make things clearer for people.  So take notice of what size bag you are grabbing this week, you will always be grabbing that size bag.  

If you are expecting a double share one week, please note the column next to your name that will say Double Box and take 2 of the shares that you would normally take.  For example if you are receiving a double share one week of your half share, you would be taking 2 of the one pound bags, not a full share or 2-pound bag.  Hope that makes sense.  Like I said, things will become clearer as we go.  

The Nashua pick-up was cancelled this season due to the lack of response in the area, but we are hoping to change that for next season.  We are going to continue to rally support and hopefully offer it again for Season 2.  If you still have yet to email me about transferring to a different pick-up, please do so this week.  We will do our best to accommodate your wishes.  Thank you for your understanding Nashua friends.  And don't forget, spread the word, and get your neighbors on board so we can make it happen for next time...

If you have friends that are still looking to sign-up for this season, send them to our website this week.  It will be our last week of registration, closing this coming Saturday evening until Season 2.  Registration for Season 2 will be opening half through this first season.  

Also, not sure what to do with your Saturday, come visit us at the Portsmouth Farmers' Market.  Stop by and say hello, or buy additional fish for those Saturday night dinner guests.  We will also have Portsmouth Lobster Ravioli available for purchase at market.  You can also find us at the Exeter Farmers' Market on Thursdays.  Don't be a stranger.  And send your friends over too; we can fill them in on all the great things going on.

That being said, we must be doing something right as our community of seafood lovers has grown to be over 500 members this season alone.  We are thrilled to see so many wonderful people stepping up and supporting our NH fishing industry.  Your support has not gone unnoticed.  We are excited to see what the future holds for our cooperative, however as our community grows, we are going to need more help from each of you.  The more volunteers we have hosting pick-ups and helping to distribute fish, the more members within our NH community we are able to serve.  

For example I'd like to highlight one of our Durham CSF members' efforts.  She has offered to host our Durham CSF pick-up accommodating over 70 Durham members.  Together we set up a refrigerator which we stock full of fish each Friday afternoon and members come and cross their name of the list as they are able, grab their share of fish out of the fridge and go on their way.  It's a pretty amazing system and we'd love to establish more like it.  

Have any ideas, or would like to facilitate a drop, please let us know.  We would like to establish one like this in Manchester, Nashua, and Dover possibly.  

And thanks to all of you who work to help us out.  You know who you are!

If you're thinking you'd like to volunteer, we're looking for some members to volunteer handing out fish in Manchester each Thursday.  Email if you're interested.  Also, we would like to host a CSF gathering and stockholder party in Portsmouth one weekend at the end of July, and are seeking members who would be interested in helping us organize it.  We're thinking cook-offs, live music, lots of fish and fun in the sun.  Got any ideas, give us a shout.  

CSF Members from a Peterborough gathering last November
 
In other news, I currently have some of my photos of our fishermen on exhibit at the Black Bean Cafe in Rollinsford, NH if you are ever in the area.  They will be there all throughout the month of June.  
 
And finally, if you have not heard, we will be launching our first ever Restaurant Supported Fishery or RSF program this coming week.  That essentially means that we are providing restaurants with the ability to become members of our community as well by signing up to receive weekly deliveries of our fish to serve in their establishments.  Looking for some new ideas and inspiration on how to prepare the different fish, visit our participating restaurants for ideas.  We are excited to see our NH fish being offered to NH diners.  Information about our growing list of participating restaurants can be found on our website here.  We are anticipating a total of 10 restaurants for the start of the RSF season next week. 

I think that may be all I have for now, although I am sure I am forgetting something.  Oh well, it will come to me.  

Wishing you all a wonderful week, and look forward to hearing how you enjoyed the fish.  

Cheers!

Sarah

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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com

www.NHCommunitySeafood.com

 

Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042

 

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 6/9/2014 10:53am by Josh Wiersma.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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Good Day CSF Members.  

Thrilled to have you all join us for our first season of our second year as the Granite State's only Community Supported Fishery.  We had a great response from families all throughout the state this year and will be starting off the season with over 420 members strong!  It feels great to know so many people care about our fishermen as much as we do.  Thank you for your continued support.  

I want to share a bit of information with all of you, so we can all be on the same page this season about how everything is going to work out.  First things first, you can expect to get a newsletter from me every Monday morning, so you have an idea of what fish you will be receiving each week, as well as any changes in scheduling and so on.  I also will do my best to send a gentle reminder about your pick-up the day of.  We understand summer's can get chaotic.  

 

That being said, we will have Yellowtail Flounders for everyone this week!  We have several of our draggers targeting flounders, and we are anticipating catching enough Yellowtails for everyone.  For those of you unfamiliar with Yellowtails, they are in the flounder family and are therefore a flatfish.  Since they are a flatfish, you will find that you end up with several smaller fillets in each of your shares.  Beware, they cook faster than your typical white fish fillet because they are so thin.  They are a sweeter type of fish, and we would recommend lightly pan frying or baking them.  They go great over a salad.  They do not hold up well on the grill.  They are also really great to roll around a seafood stuffing or vegetables of some sort.  Asparagus is my favorite, or some garden fresh spinach.  We hope you enjoy them.  

 

Our fishermen of the week is Jamie Hayward of F/V Heidi Elisabeth and F/V Rolling Stone of Portsmouth Harbor.  I was fortunate enough to go fishing with him yesterday.  We left the docks at 3:30 in the morning and got back in around 7:00 in the evening.  Overall it was a successful day, and we saw a submarine which was pretty cool.  You can read a quick bio I wrote about him on my Fishues Blog here.  Also, we will be sharing some awesome new photos with you from time to time from Sara Forrest, an amazing photographer who moved to town recently from NYC.  She has taken interest in our cooperative and will be helping us out from time to time.  We're happy to have her around and she makes us look really cool.  Even some of our guys are surprised at how cool she makes them look, like in this photo of Jamie below.  Hope you enjoy her photos in addition to some of my own.  

 

 

We would like to publicly announce to all of you, our newest partnership with Brookford Farm of Canterbury.  They will be hosting many of our pick-ups further in state this year, enabling us to offer fresh fish to a much wider audience.  We currently only have a staff of 2 which often makes it difficult for us to be everywhere at once.  By working with Brookford we are able to finally make it to Concord, Canterbury, and Nashua, and more widely promote our local fishery.  We look forward to watching our community of seafood lovers continue to grow throughout the year.  That being said, I will not always be there to personally distribute shares each week, and will miss seeing so many familiar faces.  Sorry to disappoint; I sometimes wish I could be everywhere at once.  This means that if you ever have questions or concerns regarding your pick-ups or shares, please be sure to contact us either via phone or email.  Brookford employees are not responsible for anything other than giving out our shares.  

 

Below I'd like to share with you this Summer's schedule as it stands now.  Please take notice of any side notes with regard to your pick-up.  Also, when picking up your share, please make sure to cross your name off the pick-up list posted.  We also recommend bringing a cooler to help keep your shares at the proper temperature until you are able to get home. (Please note, if you signed up late Saturday night, June 7th, or later, you have enrolled in the prorated season and will not begin picking up until the following week beginning June 16th.)   

 

Monday:  Newsletter from Me!  Fish-of-the-Week

Tuesday:  

-  3:00-Dusk at Brandmoore Farm in Rollinsford.  Fish will be in a box in the walk-in.  Full, half, and quarter shares will be clearly labeled.  Please make sure to grab the right share.  

-  4:00-7:00 at Farmer Dave's in Dracut, MA.  Josh, our executive director will be manning this pick-up to start.  Ask him lots of questions about fisheries and policy.  He loves it!

-  3:00  Starting week 2 we will hopefully have set up a Nashua pick-up and will provide more information about it as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience!  Everyone will be receiving double shares that first week to make up for missing this week.

Wednesday:

-   3:00-6:00 at 140 Orchard Street in Portsmouth.  It's in the barn of a white house in a residential neighborhood.  Please be courteous when parking and navigating through the area.  We are guests there.  Heron Pond Farm will also be distributing their CSA shares there.  We will also have Anthony, a local high-schooler volunteering this summer to help hand-out shares.  Be sure to give him a smile.

Thursday:  

-  2:15-6:00  Exeter Farmers' Market at Swasey Park.   I will be there every Thursday at our tent with your shares.  

-  3:00-7:00 Brookford Farm Store, Canterbury.  Your shares will be in their walk-in labeled and ready for you to pick-up.  Please don't forget to cross your name off the list.

-  4:00-5:30  Manchester, hosted by Brookford Farm.  This first week you will be picking up at the Brookside Church Parking Lot.  The following week, you will be picking up at Brookford Farm's tent at the Farmers' Market at Victory Park from 3:00-6:00.  If you are afraid it will be difficult to pick-up your share during such a short window this week, please let me know and we can hold your share for this week and you can get double the following week at the Manchester market.  Also please be sure to check your name off the list when picking up each week.  

-  3:00-6:00 Concord Plaza at 55 North Main Street.  Brookford Farm will also be hosting this pick-up so please be sure to look for them and their van.  Don't forget to check your name off the list.  

Friday:

-  3:00-6:00 39 Mill Pond Rd. Durham.  This pick-up is graciously being hosted by one of our own CSF members in her garage attached to her purple house.  We request that everyone be courteous when navigating through their neighborhood.  There will be a refrigerator with your shares and a pick-up list posted.  Please be sure to cross your name off the list each week.  Any issues with your shares, please contact us.  And if you see Kate or other members of the family, please be sure to give them a wave and tell them how much you appreciate them hosting us.  We really appreciate their help.  

-  3:00-6:00 Dover Health Foods & Cafe on Chestnut Street.  We will have coolers in the back of the store with your shares separated out.  Be sure to check your name off the list.  Also, feel free to shop around while there.  They have some great products.  Any issues with your share, do not bother their employees, contact us.

-  3:00-6:00 4 Laurel Street, Peterborough.  Most of you know the drill since you've joined us before.  Shares will be divided into separate coolers for this pick-up.  They will be in Sarah's families garage. Be respectful.  And if you see her and her family be sure to let them know how much you appreciate them hosting the pick-up.  

 

Wooooo!  I think that's all of them.  Glad we are all on the same page.  If you ever have any questions or comments regarding pick-up, please do not hesitate to call or write.  Again, don't forget to check your names off the pick-up lists and try to remember your coolers.  It's important to keep your shares at the proper temperatures to ensure the freshest fish.  

Those of you who have participated in our CSF previously, may notice our new packaging.  We have ditched the wax paper altogether and ordered freezer bags as well as NHCS labels.  This way we are able to cut-down on waste and streamline our distribution process.  Hope you enjoy our new labels as much as we do!  

I know this can be a busy time of year for everyone, so I just wanted to remind you all of our Vacation Hold Policy.  If you are ever going to be out of town, please give us 3 days notice and we can hold your share for that week, and double you up any other week that you would like.  We do not want you to miss out on your shares.  That being said we also know it's the time of year for visitors as well. If you are ever hosting additional guests, if you give us a week's notice, we can provide you with additional fish to pick-up with your share certain weeks.  We would just ask that you pay the difference when you pick-up.  It's always nice to share the love, especially when it's fish as fresh as this.  Keep us in the loop and we'll do our best to help you out!

For those friends of yours who fear they have missed the start of the season, tell them not to worry.  We will be accepting additional members for the next 2 weeks for a prorated season.  June 21st will be the last day to register for the season, but registration for Season 2 will be soon following.  We plan to hold 3 8-week seasons this year, bringing us right up until December.    

Sorry for such a long newsletter, but I think that may be all that I had for you this week.  Thanks to all of your for your continued support.  We look forward to getting this season rolling and are thrilled to have so many wonderful people joining us for another great Summer of the freshest fish our Seacoast has to offer.

 

Have a great week!  

And don't forget to pick-up your fish!

Sarah VanHorn

 

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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com

www.NHCommunitySeafood.com

 

Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042

 

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 5/16/2014 6:21am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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Dear Seafood Lover,

I’m excited to announce that registration for Season 1 of New Hampshire Community Seafood’s Community Supported Fishery (CSF) is now underway!

When you join the CSF, you get a share of the freshest, most delicious fish available in our waters. And you’re participating in a cooperative of fishermen and consumer who’ve joined together to protect the ocean, sustain New Hampshire’s fishing industry, and support the local economy. Thanks to the tremendous amount of community support we received last year, we decided to expand the number of pick-up sites to 9 this season.  We’re working with a new partner, Brookford Farm, to help distribute CSF shares in several of the locations. By combining our efforts, we’re reducing costs and using less fuel. We encourage you to check out Brookford Farm’s CSA offerings.

In other news, we’re excited to announce the launch of our new Restaurant Supported Fisheries program.  Whether or not you’re a CSF member, we encourage you to eat at the restaurants that belong to our RSF. Through their creative talents, they make our delicious local fish taste even better! We’ll also be selling fish by the pound every week at the Portsmouth and Exeter Farmers Markets from June 7th – November 1st .

We’ve got lots of exciting events planned for this year, including the UNH Kick-off party on a Saturday coming soon, our annual meeting and fish fry for shareholders at the end of July (CSF member must purchase a $100 share of stock to attend), and member potlucks.  Season 1 deliveries begin the week of June 9th and will run for 8 weeks through August 2nd. We’ll take a one week break from deliveries after Season 1 ends and then launch Season 2, from August 11th through October 5th.  Season 3 will begin on October 13th, after a one week break and will run through December 7th.  You may sign up for 1, 2, or all 3 seasons. Visit our website to register or learn more about the CSF.

Want to help out? We welcome volunteers to help organize pick-ups, distribute fish, or contribute other talents.

And please help us spread the word by Liking and promoting us on Facebook, or following and retweeting us on Twitter.

Here’s a sample Facebook post:

Want to eat fresher fish, protect the ocean, and support NH fishermen and the local economy?  Join the https://www.facebook.com/NhCommunitySeafood Community Supported Fishery!  

Here’s a sample tweet for you to share:  

Eat fresher fish, support NH fishermen, and protect the ocean. Buy a weekly #CSF fish share from @NHCommunityFish http://bit.ly/1mCXRIyThanks for your interest!




We look forward to you joining us for another great season!  

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Sarah & Josh


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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com

www.NHCommunitySeafood.com

 

Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042

 

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 12/12/2013 2:39pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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Good Afternoon NHCS Community!

It's been a while since you've heard from me, so I thought I'd take the time to reach out to all of you and let you know what's been going on in the world of NH Community Seafood before we all part our ways for the Winter.  First and foremost I wanted to write and THANK everyone for your support throughout this past season, both returning members and new.  It was a long haul these past 6 months, and a bit of a scramble at times, but we have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and are continuing to grow, and we owe it all to you.  We would not be the community we are without our loyal members within our beautiful state.  So Thank You!  




We have spent the last few weeks evaluating and planning for next Summer's CSF seasons, and I have to say, there's a lot of excitement and enthusiasm building.  We have lots of new ideas and can't wait to share them with all of you come May.  Now that we have a solid idea of how to successfully manage day-to-day operations, w
e are hoping to broaden our scope, enabling us to provide the freshest fish to more communities throughout the state.  That being said, we're going to need all of your help to rally the support we are going to need to make our expansions a success.  As of right now, with the proper demand, we are tentatively planning to inititate new CSF communities in the following towns: Rye, Exeter, Kensington, Keene, Concord, Canterbury, Laconia, Warner, Lebanon, Hanover, Wilton, Nashua, Loudon, and Berwick.  These are just ideas for now, but if any of you have any leads to helps us make these pick-ups a reality, please feel free to contact us.  We value any information we can get.  We're greatful we have such a strong community to help support us in our future endeavors.  


We are also going to be rolling out the 2014 seasons with a new Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF).  This will mean restaurants throughout the state of New Hampshire will have the ability to join for an 8, 16, or 24 week season just as our CSF members would, but in larger quantities.  In some cases these participating restaurants will be utilized as a pick-up location for our other CSF members as well, allowing us to better work together.  If you know of any restaurants who may be interesting in participating, send them our way.  We will have registration available for RSF's online in early May, as will our CSF shares.  You'll hear from us when it is time.  


In other news, we have been at each of the Seacoast Winter Farmers' Markets which rotate between Rollinford and Exeter.  We will be at the Exeter High School this Saturday, December 14th from 10:00-2:00 if you feel like coming by.  I always love to see some familar faces.  We will have pollock, cod and white hake available for sale as well as T-shirts, note card sets featuring our local fishermen, and Gift Certificates!  Not sure what to get the cook in your family...why not a share of some of the freshest ingredients out there?  If you're interested in purchasing a gift certificate, feel free to email us and we'll be sure to get that in the mail for the hoidays. Be sure to check out Seacoast Eat Local's website here for the complete winter market schedule.


At our most recent board meeting we had lots to discuss, but most exciting of all, with the help of our fishermen board members, Neal Pike and Jamie Hayward, we were able to move forward with set prices for fish off the boat.  This is a tremendous step forward for NHCS.  Looking to next season, our fishermen will now be able to determine what species they would like to offer all of you each week based on changes in the auction prices from week to week, guaranteeing them the most return possible each day.  For example, if the auction price is low for cod one week, and our set price per pound for cod is better, then they are able to funnel their cod through the CSF that day, giving our fishermen a larger return.  Ultimately these set prices, allow fishermen to take back some control of their harvest.  It may be a small change, but it is a step in the right direction.  

                      Board Member: Jamie Hayward

                     (Who will be a first-time father by the end of the day!!!  

                                       Good thing he's not fishing...)


                   Board Member, Neal Pike with his son Neal



Our last day of Season 3, Josh and I were able to wander our way to Peterborough to meet with a group of our CSF members who we have been supplying with fresh fish for the past 3 seasons, but had never had the chance to meet in person.  All throughout the Summer we were able to supply this community organized community drop at one of our CSF members home in Peterbough, an hour and 40 minutes from our Portsmouth office.  It was so exciting to finally put faces to all the names and thank everyone for making this community drop a success.  Members like these give us help to motivate us to continue to reach out to distant land-locked communities hungry for the fresh stuff.  It was great to celebrate the end of the beginning with such a wonderful group of people.  Thank you Sarah Bay for having us!



Looking to next Summer, we are planning on hosting a CSF member's party June 14th at Four Tree Island right next to our office.  Save the date!  We'd love to see you there.   We will be looking for volunteers come Spring to help us coordinate the event.

   
I think that's all I got for now.  You may not hear from me for a while, but if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask.  I will be heading off on a grand winter adventure starting in Puerto Rico on January 5th where I will be working on my master diver training, but I can be reached by email, and will be checking in often. The open waters are calling me!  Don't worry, I'll be back in time for our second year of New Hampshire Community Seafood's CSF.



Wishing you all the best of holidays & a safe, healthy, joyous New Year!


Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

 


CHEERS!


Sarah E. VanHorn


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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com

www.NHCommunitySeafood.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 11/5/2013 11:45am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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Good Day CSF Members.


Just wanted to inform you of a great opportunity to hear a science talk on Ocean Fishing in Manchester tonight, November 5th at 5:30 pm at the Shaskeen Pub downtown.  I know I wish I could go; I have a fish drop.  But if you're free...Why not grab a beer and hear what some local experts have to say about the state of our fisheries.  What's it mean to eat sustainable seafood?  If any of you go, I expect notes, I'd love to hear what they have to say.  And while you're there introduce yourself to Erik Chapman, one of tonight's speakers; he is on NH Community Seafood's board of directors and love to meet you.  Really hope at least a few of you can make it.  You can read more about it here or a brief description of the details below.



Science on Tap
Tuesday, Nov. 5
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Peter Gustafson
603-669-0400
pete@see-sciencecenter.org
Website

 
What’s on the menu? Understanding the labels behind ‘sustainable seafood’
 
Unsustainable fishing is a key issue facing our oceans. Governments, non-profit organizations, members of the fishing industry, retailers and others are developing innovative ways to address the problems – but understanding ‘sustainable’ and ‘local’ labeling can be confusing. We’ll discuss certifications, eco-labels, evaluations and branding for sustainable seafood; and identify global and local initiatives, consumer education, marketing incentives and fishing method innovations. 

Presenters: 
Jill Swasey - Marine Scientist, MRAG Americas (www.mragamericas.com)
Erik Chapman, Commercial Fisheries Specialist, New Hampshire Sea Grant
Gabriela Bradt, Commercial Fisheries Specialist, NH Sea Grant.

Hope you can attend!


In other news, we started the week out with a mix of redfish and cusk for Dover and Durham members in addition to our lobster shares.  Looking towards the rest of the week, it's hard to say what to expect.  As it gets later into the season, there is a much slimmer variety of fish to work with.  Lately we have had a lot of cod, pollock and white hake being landed regularly, and it is safe to say these are always likely.  We will do our best to throw some other less common species in just to keep you all on your toes. We thank you for your flexibility in advance.  We are doing our best to offer scallops one more week of our CSF season.  We'll email all of you as information becomes available.  




It is currently Week 6 of Season 3, which means after this week, we will have 2 more pick-ups this season.  Looking to the winter months, we have locked down our winter farmers' market spot with the Seacaost markets starting November 23rd at the Wentworth Greenhouse in Rollinsford from 10-2 on Saturday.  You can look for us there.  There will be a market every Saturday during the month of December leading up to Christmans and will rotate between the Greenhouse and Exeter High School.  Hope to see some familiar faces.  


We will be offering gift cards for the holidays, as well as calendars of our fishermen, and sets of notecards, and our NHCS t-shirts.  Why not buy the cooks in your family a summer full of fresh fish?  It's the gift that keeps on giving.  We also will be accepting orders for Thanksgiving and our December Holidays.  Feel free to place orders at pick-up or via email.  

Many of you may have heard our CSF mentioned on NHPR in an article by Michael Samuels titled, "Learning to Love Dogfish."  If you missed it, you can listen to it here.  We also made an appearance on the NH Chronicle recently.  I had shared a faulty link with you all in the last newsletter, so I will repost it here if you are intersted in watching that.  




This friday I will be making a trip up to Port Clyde, Maine to meet with our friends at Port Clyde Fresh Catch, a CSF who was the first established in the country.  I plan on taking lots of pictures and will be sure to share them in a new Fishues post soon.  And since I'll be making my way north, why not make the most of a 3 day weekend and drive on up to Nova Scotia.  I'm hoping to make some great fish related discoveries along the way.  I've never been up that way, but have always dreamed of going.  I'm looking forward to it.  Hope all of you are able to take advantage of the holiday weekend, and if not, I'm sorry to have rubbed it in.  


Take Care! 

& See you soon!


Sarah

 

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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 10/28/2013 4:25pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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WEEK 5, SEASON 3

Good Evening CSF Members.


We have a broad variety of fish to offer this week, and it's hard to say what fish we will have each day, but I will try and send out emails the night before letting people know what to expect.  Possibilities for the week:  Redfish, Cusk, Yellowtail Flounder and Haddock.  As the weather begins to cool, the waters become a bit rowdier than the summer calm, and not as many of our guys go out every day.  This slimming down of our fleet limits what we are able to offer.  We appreciate your flexibility conscientious fish consumers as the days cool down.  


Our fishermen of the week this week is Tommy Lyons of Hampton Harbor and his fishing vessel Marion J.  You can read about him on our Fishues blog here.  



 A lot's happened since my last newsletter.  For those of you with cable, you may have seen me, as well as UNH Slow Fish representative, Spencer Montgomery, and Black Trumpet Chef, Evan Mallet, on the NH Chronicle this past Friday.  The episode featured the Slow Fish Workshop which took place at UNH on September 29th.  If you missed it and would like to see it, you can watch that here.  


We recently finished a series of interviews with Michael Samuels, a freelance writer for NHPR who has been working on an article about our CSF.  He spoke with several of our Durham CSF members as well as with Josh and myself.  That should be broadcasted on the radio sometime soon.  We've had several false alarms with it's airing time, so stay tuned and direct your ears accordingly.  We'll try and let you know when it to expect to hear it.  


There have been some big changes at the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative in Seabrook this past week.  For those of you who aren't familiar with Yankee, it is one of the only large-scale, working fishermen's cooperatives left in the state.  We work with them as well Heidi & Elisabeth at Portsmouth Harbor as our dealers of the fish for all the CSF's shares from our NH boats.  By law, you can only purchase fish once it has been acounted for by a registered dealer.  Both our dealers then deliver the fish to Seaport, where they process it and bag it for us to deliver to each of you at one of our 6 pick-ups.  


Big news at Yankee!  So now that we're all on the same page, fishermen Peter Kendall who recently decided to sell his boat due to all the drastic cuts within the fisheries has become the new operational manager of the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative.  This is great news for Yankee to have someone as passionate and experienced with fisheries as Peter Kendall.  What better than to have an experienced fishermen managing a fish coop.  We are anxious to see the effect this exciting new change has on such a historical coop and greatly look forward to working with him in the future.  There are lots of great ideas being thrown around on how to revitalize our local fishing communitie's infrastructure.  Although it was said to see him sell his boat and turn in his permits, we are more than thrilled to have him continue to contribute to our fishing community.  Congratulations Pete!  You can read an article I wrote about him after fishing with him last summer on our Fishues blog here.  All around, great guy.   


In other news, many of our CSF members were able to enjoy some wonderful dayboat scallops from 2 different boats the past 2 weeks.  Since then, we've had many of you asking for more, and ways to place an order.  To answer your question we're not sure when we will be able to offer them again seeing as they are not landed every day, but we are definitely anticipating offering them one more week this season.  I will do my best to send out an email to everyone once I know when they will be landing more.  The last time they came in we were able to purchase a $1,000, 50 pound sack of scallops.  It was quite the site.  Not sure why I didn't get a picture of that.  Yum!  Scallops.  


Entering our 5th week of our 3rd season, we have since closed registration for this season, and have begun making plans for the winter.  Due to our tight staff of 2 soon to go down to 1 for the winter months while I take some time off, we will be limited to participating in 1 market and that will be the Seacoast markets which rotate between Rollinsford and Exeter, New Hampshire every 2 weeks.  I believe those begin the end of November.  I'll be sure to share that schedule once I have solidified it.  We will not be offering shares throughout the Winter, however we will be selling fillets of fish at market in pound quantities.  We are anticipating bringing 50 pounds to each market to sell, as long as there's fish available.  It's a great market, and we hope to see some familiar faces there.  


Looking to the next CSF season, that will be beginning next June with the start of the new fishing season.  We will most likely begin accepting registration for that sometime in May.  Hopefully those 6 months without fish will leave you hungry for more.  I'm really looking forward to going into our second year stronger than ever before.  It's great to finally have our feet on the ground.  Hopefully we can take our game to the next level for Summer 2014.  We hope you continue to be a part of it.  We couldn't do it without all of you.  


The holiday season is fast approaching, sorry to be the one to remind you, but we are hoping to be taking special orders for the holidays season.  We're thinking we'll set up a couple of different pick-up days, so our members our able to order some fresh seafood for your holiday gatherings.  We're still working out the logistics of that.  Would people want seafood for Thanksgiving?  Or are we crazy?  Not sure.  Let us know how you'd like NH Community Seafood be a part of your holdiays.  


I think that may be all for now.  I hope this newsletter finds you well, and that everyone has been enjoying their fresh catch.  


Cheers!


Sarah

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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 10/12/2013 8:36pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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WEEK 3, SEASON 3


Happy Saturday CSF Members.  


We are entering our third week of our final 8-week season of the year.  If you are new to our community, thank you for joining; we are happy to have you.  Returning members, thank you for your continued support; it's been wonderful to see how you've all grown as conscientious fish consumers.    


This week CSF members will be receiving dayboat dogfish and scallops for those of you who have ordered them.  There has been some questionable weather predicted for the next few days, so there is a slight chance that scallops may be postponed until the following week.  Thank your for your understanding in advance.  We will be sure to have them as soon as they are available.  We will do our best to give everyone as much notice as we can as to when to expect them.


This week's fish will be supplied by several of our boats, one of them being Tommy Lyons fishing vessel, Marion J of Hampton Harbor.  You can read about our fishermen of the week here, on our Fishues blog.  




Dayboat dogfish.  Have you had it before?  


Dogfish are a family of shark that are beyond plentiful off our coast and offer a great variety to our CSF offerings.  They are most commonly shipped to Europe for England's infamous fish and chips and therefore vastly unseen in local fish markets.  Because they are a shark, dogfish have a meatier, white fillet and hold up great when fried, baked, or in a chowder.  Restaurants that serve it around town, suggest soaking it in milk for a minimum of 15 minutes before preparing it to help tenderize the meat.  Dogfish also holds up really well on the grill and takes a marinade nicely.  The possibilities are endless with this ocean floor predator.  Our fishermen take great care in harvesting our dogfish by immediately cutting, bleeding and brining them at sea.  We hope you enjoy it.  



In a response to a recent letter to the editor following Fishtival at Prescott Park this past year, there was a heated dialogue in regards the consumption of this overly abundant shark.  You can read CSF Co-Founder, Dr. Joshua Wiersma's response to the letter to the editor published in the local paper here.  For Ocean's Sake, Try Dayboat Dogfish.  


You may also enjoy the short video, Bycatch, made last summer by a UNH student, Brittany Debelis featuring my own work to promote Dayboat Dogfish in local restaraunts.  You can watch that here!




Did your friends miss the boat on signing up for their share of fresh fish?  It's not too late!  We will continue to accept new members for another 2 weeks so send them our way.  Thanks to all of you we have surpassed our goal of 200 members for our last season of the year.  Couldn't have done it without all of you.  


In other news, Summer market season has nearly come to a close, and each of our pick-ups have begun to move indoors in one form or another: breweries, barns, 
taquerias, community centers, food pantries.  Just goes to show you, communities come in all shapes and sizes.  Our Portsmouth pick-up is the largest it has ever been; happy to have so many of Heron Pond Farm's CSA members join our community.  Our pick-up in Peterborough has continued and motivate us to expand on our model of a Community Drop; their organization never fails to impress.  Dover CSF members continue to wow me with their puntuality and ability to remember their fish shares week after week, no offense to other pick-ups, but Dover's got it down.  Manchester continues to be the friendliest of places and Durham is more excited about fresh fish than ever before.  We look forward to finishing out our last season of the year with such a great group of people.  


Looking to the future, we will not be offering a 4th season this year afterall, due to the fact that there just won't be enough fish daily to supply our growing community.  We will however be attending the Seacoast Farmers' Markets every other Saturday in Rollinsford and Exeter where you will be able to stock up on fresh fish and stop by and say hello to Me and Josh!  You may also see our new intern, Jessie, a sophomore at UNH.  Many of you have had the opportunity to meet her already.  She's been a quick learner and we are happy to have her as part of our team.


We are planning to begin accepting membership for next Summer starting early May for the first season to begin the first week of June.  Be sure to check back in with us about that next Spring. 


Hate to break it to you, but the holiday season is fast approaching.  Looking to mix up your holiday feasts?  We are planning on offering several pre-order pick-up days throughout December and prior to Thanksgiving for any of you who like to include some fresh seafood in your holiday celebrations.  We'll be sure to offer more information about that as it becomes available.  We also will be offering gift certificates for the holidays for the loved one that seem to got it all.  Why not give them the gift that keeps on giving?  Boatloads of fresh fish throughout the Summer season.




We have contributed to several community events recently, and have donated fish to the Harvest Raiser at Old Fields Farm in South Berwick, Maine, to a farm to table dinner in Salem, as well as the Slow Fish Kick-Off campaign at UNH's new business school.  All great events, and we were happy to be a part of them.  The Slow Fish Kick-Off was indeed a great success, and will be televised on NH Chronicle in the near future.  We will be sure to share that once it is released.  We donated several, whole, underloved species to be broken down in a demonstration with a group of food-loving UNH students led by Black Trumpet Chef, Evan Mallet.  Once each of the fish were filleted, the students prepared different dishes featuring each of the species: Redfish, White Hake, Dayboat Dogfish, King Whiting, and Monkfish.  We are hoping to share film from the breaking down of the whole fish on our website soon for our Whole Fish members to utilize.  


We also were followed around by a NHPR reporter this past Tuesday.  A special on our CSF should be broadcasted in the near future.  We were expecting it to air last Thursday evening, but I think we got the time wrong.  We will be sure to post that as soon as it becomes available.  Thanks to those of you who took the time to interview with them and share your excitement in supporting our seacoast fishermen.  It's a tremendous help in promoting our community.  


For those of you wondering.  No I do not have a twin or a doppler, and yes, I may have been in a UNH commercial that has been airing recently on local television.  The things I am suckered into.  THIS IS MY CLASSROOM!  And you're all part of it.  This community supported fishery was just an inkling of an idea a year ago now, and here we are today, thriving as a community of Seafood Lovers.  Thanks for helping make my dream a reality.


   


I think that may be all for now.  


Hope you all have a most beautiful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all later this week.

 

CHEERS!


Sarah


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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 9/28/2013 6:11pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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WHERE DOES YOUR FISH COME FROM?



It's that time again!


Time to sign-up for Season 3 of New Hampshire Community Seafood's Community Supported Fishery.  The new season will begin, Monday, September 30th, and run through November 22nd.  This season will be the last full 8 week season until next June when the new fishing season starts.

Click here to begin your renewal process. Or just copy and paste the link below into your browser:

http://nhcommunityseafood.com/members/types


Pick-up locations being offered this season are:

 

  • Dover
  • South Berwick
  • Durham
  • Portsmouth
  • Salem
  • Manchester
  • Wilton
  • Peterborough


We look forward to having you back this season.

Thank you for choosing to support our NH fishing Community.  


Your friends at New Hampshire Community Seafood


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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 9/25/2013 1:40pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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Greetings New Hampshire Commmunity Seafood (NHCS) members and friends!


Its hard to believe that we are about to start our third 8 week season!  But believe it or not, the start of third season is just around the corner, scheduled to start Setember 30. 

When we embarked on this journey, we started out with a simple idea---to somehow get fresh fish from our local New Hampshire boats directly to your plate.  In doing so, we hoped that we would change the way consumers view their seafood. 

We have tried to highlight, and to provide you with a wide variety of abundant and sustainable fish stocks that our small fleet of "day boat" fishermen catch.   Most importantly, we have tried to make your experience as a member of NHCS rewarding, educational, and most importantly--delicious. 

We are not a seafood store.  Rather, we are a community of grass roots NH citizens, of seafood lovers, of slow food advocates, of food connisseurs, of socially responsible buisiness organizations, and collectively, we all serve as stewards of our precious marine resources.    

This is because NHCS is a different type of cooperative.  We are a multi-stakeholder cooperative, owned by both fishermen and consumers.  Which means we are owned by you! As such, we are solely dependent upon you and your continued patronage to promote and sustain this wonderful business for years to come.

We now have 47 consumer stock holders and 14 producer stock holders (fishermen), which is tremendous, but our goal is for every CSF member to also own a share of stock.  Why not?  Not only will this entitle you to a share of a dividend return at the end of the year, but it entitles you to directly influence and voice how our organization evolves over time, and hence how we go about managing our marine resources.

All stockholders will be receiving a packet of information in the mail this week that explains your rights and rolls as a stockholder, and maybe most importantly, provides you an invitation to our annual stockholder meeting (fish grill) this June 14th, which will be held at Four Tree Island right next to our office on Pierce Island, Portsmouth NH.




Four Tree Island, shown above, contains covered picnic tables, cooking facilities and public restrooms.   I'm already looking forward to it, and so are our fishermen.  

This annual stockholder party is intended for stockholders to mingle with one another, meet our fishermen, vote for a consumer representative on our board of directrors, and to generally have a good time and learn more about fish issues "Fishues" (a phrase coined by our own Sarah VanHorn to describe her blog--which is now linked to our CSF's home page).

If you are not a stockholder, you may purchase stock at anytime as long as you have also signed up for one of our first 3 seasons for the CSF.  There is really no risk in doing so, as you can redeem your $100 share at any time, you will gain much more insight and input into how our organization evolves, and you will be entitled to a dividend return based on your total patronage.  The more stockholders we have, the stronger our organizatoin becomes, and the greater chance that we will have excess revenue at years end to pay back to you! Its a win-win-win!  

But even if you are just interested in signing up for our third season, your support means everyting to us.  And based on your input to the latest survey that we sent to our members, we have made changes to Season 3 that are meant to make your membership in our organization more rich and rewarding.

Many of you said that you would like more information about your fish and about different ways to go about cooking it.  You also said that you'd like more insight into the entire supply chain from boat to plate, and that you might like to see some other species of seafood offered as choices throughout the season.


In regards to more information about your fish, we are working to develop beautiful fact sheet cards that will have details about the biology and habitiat of your fish, and also about popular recipes to try.  Although we have many recipes posted on our website, we thought it might be nice to give out take-home wallet size cards with each drop off to make our information dissemination more convenient for you.


In regards to having more insight into the supply chain and the process of procuring fish for you, I have recently joined the social media circus and will now be posting daily tweets and photos in an effort to show you how your fish gets to your plate from our boats.

I also wanted to highlight some of my other duties of managing our sectors--including updates about new federal fisheries rules and regulations, and information about policy advocacy and lobby work that I do. I will try to explain what it all means to you, what it means to our New Hampshire fishermen, and what you can do to help!

Finally, we are excited to be able to offer you a wide variety of fresh fish that we will conitinue to land throughout season 3.  In addition to some of the stocks that you are familiar with by now, we also plan to offer our locally grown Steelhead Trout.  This is a beautiful fish that is being farm raised in pens up here in Portsmouth by a group of our New Hampshire fishermen. 

Because this project was intiated by our local fishermen, all of the revenue goes back to the boats.  These efforts to diversify fishermen's efforts will probably be an important part of mainting an active fishing fleet in New Hampshire.  And I've been told that these Steelhead Trout are unbelievably delicious, and we are excited to offer them to you.

In addition, we will also be able to offer Jonah crab as an add on from week to week to your traditional groundfish share.  These crab are big, ridiculously delicious, and are landed up here in Portsmouth by one of our CSF member fishermen.  We can't wait to offer them to you and show you how to best prepare them.

So, as you see, there's a lot going on.  And we really want you to be a part of our third and possibly best season so far.  When we started this organization, now five months ago, we didn't know what to expect.  We knew we would have the freshest, largest variety of local fish available.  We knew that we would have great information and stories to share with you about our fishermen, and we knew that we truly believe in our mission and story. 

What we didn't know was how much we would rely on you to direct us, how engaged you would all be with our organization, and how much you all believed in our cause and shared our common vision!  You have all exceeded our expectations, and many of you have volunteered your time, energy and creativity to make our orgaization successful.  You are truly the engine that makes this ship sail, and we are asking for your help once again to sign up for Season 3 and to take ownership of this organization with us.  Together, the ocean's the limit!


Thank you,



Joshua         





        


   


   

  




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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

Posted 9/25/2013 10:43am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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WEEK 8, SEASON 2


It's o-Fish-ial!  Season 2 is coming to a close.  For the remainder of the week, we plan on having pollock and monkfish, as well as lobster for those of you who have ordered them.  We tried for herring, but there have been some crazy winds this week, so a lot of our boats have stayed at the docks.  We also tried for more flounder for those who weren't able to get them last week, but our 2 draggers, F/V Sandi Lynn and F/V Ellen Diane, that catch the majority of our flounder have switched to bait fishing for the next couple of days since the increase in demand now that the tuna have been biting.  That being said we've been left to rely on our 7 + offshore gillnetters who have been catching plenty of monkfish and pollock to go around.  


Our fisherman of the week is Jamie Hayward, Fishing Vessel (F/V) Heidi Elisabeth of Portsmouth Harbor.  He's also a member of our board of directors and supplied today's fish for our CSF.  If you'd like to read more about him, check out his biography posted on my Fishues blog here.  




For those of you unfamiliar with monkfish, it is a thicker meatier fillet, since it is actually the tail end of the fish, and therefore typically needs to be cooked longer than our other white flakey fish.  When cooked properly, it is comparable to the consistancy of a scallop and is commonly named the poor man's lobster. The thick meaty fillet holds up great on the grill as well as in the frying pan, or feel free to bake it or broil it.  I often like to start it on the stove top, and finish it in the oven.  A classic favorite is to wrap the fillet in bacon and bake it, but then again, what isn't good wrapped in bacon?  Butter is always a tasty option as well, but not always the healthiest.  Oh well.  Not the most attractive fish, but boy are they delicious.  Let me know how you end up preparing your fish.



For those of you who would like to continue picking up NH fresh catch please be sure to re-enroll for Season 3 if you haven't done so already.  You can either sign-up in person at pick-up, or on our website's sign-up page.  And tell your friends!  Now's there chance to join our wonderful community.  This next season will run from September 30th-November 22nd.  This will be our last weekly, 8 week season of the year, until next June when the new the fishing year begins, so stock up while you still can.  After this next season we will be accepting orders for the holidays (fish for Thanksgiving maybe...), and will be at Saturday Farmers' Markets throughout the state from December to March.  We will keep you informed about that.  

    
There are a few changes to our next season's offering and pick-ups, but nothing too drastic.  For season 3 the pick-ups are as stands:

 

  • Mondays in Dover at 7th Settlement from 3:30-5:30 until October 14th. October 22nd they will switch to Tuesdays, same time frame.  Once the brewery is open, if you are unable to pick-up your fish on time, we will be able to leave it for you in the brewery's refridgerator labeled with your name.  So don't stress; your fish will be waiting.  
  • Tuesdays in Durham from 3-5 at the Waysmeet Center Food Pantry at 15 Mill Road.  Your fish will be wrapped and labeled with your name on it. Whatever fish doesn't get picked up each week, will be donated to the food pantry.  Jessie our new UNH intern will be there to help you.  Please welcome her into our community.  We will also be dropping any additional fish we have leftover each week frozen, to be donated to the food pantry.  We're looking forward to being able to help support such a great organization.  
  • Wednesday's in Portsmouth and Salem (starting on October 9th).  Portsmouth will be at the harbor from 3:30-6:00 until we move indoors somewhere in town with ample parking; we'll be sure to share more information about that as it becomes available.  We're hoping to pair our pick-up with Heron Pond Farm's Portsmouth CSA.  And Salem's pick-up will be at the Wednesday Farmers' Market at the Tuscan Market from 4:30-6:00 until the close of market at which point it will switch to Jane's Kitchen in Salem.  We will be in touch about those details as well.  Salem's first Wednesday pick-up will be October 9th.  
  • Thursdays in Manchester and Peterborough.  We will be in Manchester from 3:00-6:30 at the Farmers' Market until it closes in mid-October, at which point we will move indoors to Consuelo's Taqueria at 36 Amherst Street, just a short distance from the market (I have high hopes of improving my Spanish; I have my motives).  I'm under the impression there is free 15 minute parking available out front.  Thank you to the Delgadillo family, a CSF member, for allowing us to join them at their wonderful establishment.  Peterborough pick-up will continue as is at 4 Laurel Street and we will be in touch about coordinating drivers.  I believe we may have a daily Manchester commuter willing to drive each week.  
  • And Fridays off for Sarah (that's me)!  I'm not gonna lie this may have been intentional.  But have no fear, my time will not be wasted.  I will be taking this time to coordinate our winter schedule, as well improve upon our awesome CSF model we have established this Summer, and hopefully I will be back out fishing again on our boats; I've been missing the water. Our hope is to supply some bigger organizations throughout the winter to help cover our monthly costs while in-between seasons, i.e. hospitals, schools, and so on.  Suggestions and connections greatly appreciated.  Our goal is to come back next June full force, bigger and better than ever, and we hope to see you all again for another great Summer!  Oh, how I hate to see Summer go.  Thanks to all of you for making it a great one.
Wooohooo!  Now that I've laid all that out for you: Go sign-up for our last CSF season of the year.  Do it!  NOW.  Support Our Seacaost Fishermen & Eat Fresher Fish.  It's a no-brainer. And tell your friends to do the same. After all this is as much as your community, as it is ours.   

In other news.  Beware.  Josh has finally joined the cyberworld in full force and has learned the inner-workings of twitter as well as instagram.  Look for his posts on our Facebook page; they should be interesting.  Haha, in all seriousness, this is a great thing, because now we will more readily be able to share any changes in policy as well as the avialability of fish each week based on what boats are fishing.  Check out Josh's latest about our Porpoise deterrent pingers post here.  

This weekend there will be some great events going on at UNH for the kick-off of the new organization, UNH Slow Fish, a branch off of Slow Food.  The whole fish break down demo should be entertaining. A quick blurb about that event here:  

Slow Fish workshop at UNH
  • When: 10am to 2pm. Sunday, September 29th 
  • Where: Room G93, Peter T Paul college at UNH (10 Garrison Ave, Durham, NH 03824)
  • Why: The purpose of this workshop is to increase awareness of NH's 'underloved' species of fish amongst youth. This inspired-learning experience will give 16 students the opportunity to identify and showcase various species of fish that are being caught by NH fishermen. Starting from whole fish, students will learn how to filet and cook 'underloved' species of fish. This workshop also presents an opportunity for us to build resources for CSF members; filleting video footage will be captured to provide guidance for members with whole-fish shares and unique recipes will be gathered for each fish.

 

Also this Sunday, September 29th, which happens to be my mother's birthday (Happy Birthday Mum!) you can look for me at the Durham Community Church's Eco-Resource Fair, where I will be sharing information about our CSF from 11:00-1:30.  If you're in the neighboorhood, please feel free to stop by and say "Hello."


Last Wednesday we got to meet with members from a wonderful CSF down in the Carolina's, Walking Fish.  It was great to share ideas and hear about all the great things they are accomplishing down south.  We are hoping to adopt some of their wonderful ideas in the future.  We also got some great insight on how to offer some hard-shell crabs in a later season.  Be sure to look for those.   


As a reminder this is technically week 7 for Manchester folk, so you have 2 more pick-ups, this week and next's to make up for that missed week.  Don't worry, we have not forgotten.  We can help you get signed up for next season at your last pick-up if that makes it easier. 

I think that may be all for now, however I am sure I am forgetting something.  Thanks again to all of you for making this another great season.  It really was a pleasure having all of you as part of our fishing community.  And thanks for making my job so enjoyable each week; it was a pleasure getting to know all of you.  I hope to continue to see each and every one of you in the future.  And most importantly, thanks for coming out to show some support for our Seacoast Fishermen; now is more important than ever, and I know they really appreciated your support.  


Thank you!  


And we hope to see you again for another great season!  

Don't forget to sign-up!


Be Well.


Sarah

 

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Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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