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Posted 5/22/2020 3:48pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Dear %%user-name%%,

Welcome to Week 2 of our Community Supported Fishery (CSF). Some important things to know:

Flexible Fish Members, please read the email with instructions that I sent this week as to how your Membership works, we have had several inquiries! If you are at a self serve pick up, please do not take Haddock if you ordered Catch of the Week, we had that happen several times this week. Our system does not allow you to exchange items when you pick up. 

The Catch of the Week is Acadian Redfish, our New England Grouper species that looks and tastes like a southern fish! 

Our Biweekly Shellfish share is NH grown Oysters from our favorite oyster farmer, Brian Gennaco at Virgin Oyster Company, out of Dover, NH.

CATCH OF THE WEEK-ACADIAN REDFISH

Our fish this week is the Acadian Redfish, otherwise called "Red Perch" or as seen in many local Market Basket chains, "Ocean Perch". Often times, this fish is substituted for the tropical fish, Red Snapper. This is our northern Atlantic Grouper species! This big eyed fish looks like a tropical fish from the islands. A member of the Rockfish (Grouper) family, the Redfish is a deep water, goggle eyed, slow-growing fish that spans from Norway to Georges Bank in our Atlantic Ocean.

Not to be confused with Red Snapper, a southern species down south, the Redfish births live young (very rare with fish) and can live to be up to 50 years old! This species, once thought of as by-catch or lobster bait, is quickly becoming one of the more popular fish in the US, especially here in New England!

 

 

KNOW YOUR FISHERMEN

Your Fisherman this week is Captain Brian Durant, of the F/V Freebird out of Portland, Maine. Our NH fishermen will be back on the water June 1st! The F/V Freebird is a former lobster boat turned fish boat and one of a handful of boats landing in Portland, Maine.

The Portland Fish Exchange, Portland

 
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) Sustainable Seafood Division has an influential seafood branding and marketing division called "Gulf of Maine Responsibly Harvested" brand. In 2015, they declared Redfish among one of the five best fish to eat out of the Gulf of Maine, the waterbody that encompasses our NH shoreline.
 

Five Gulf of Maine Fish You Can Feel Good About Eating

Here are five Gulf of Maine fish that provide an opportunity to support local fishermen, promote a healthy ecosystem, and eat a delicious meal: 

 
 
Atlantic Mackerel-Cape (Dogfish Shark)-Whiting-Redfish-Atlantic Pollock

Whether cooking at home or ordering out, conscientious shoppers often face difficult choices. But when it comes to seafood, there are plenty of fish you can feel good about eating.

 

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Breeda Lagan Royer

Redfish cooked over local vegetables (Courtesy CSF Member Breeda Lagan Royer)

Redfish fillets are thin and come with the skin on. All the good Omega-3's are in the skin! Cook these fillets for just a few minutes, on each side if frying, grilling or sauteing! Season overnight for full flavor.

Click here for our recipes for Redfish our Pinterest Page. A common way to serve up this delectable fish is in tacos and it is often a favorite with children!

SHELLFISH ADD ONS and BIWEEKLY SHARES

Our long awaited Oyster week is next week, fresh out of Little Bay, from Virgin Oyster Company. Oysters come live, in  bags of 1 dozen

  • Weekly Members order here
  • Flexible Fish Members order here
  • Deadline to order is SUNDAY NIGHT at midnight!

RESTAURANT SUPPORTED FISHERY

We have a growing Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF), where Chefs and Retailers order fish through us, directly from our Fishermen. They are able to give customers local Catch of the Week Fish, the Captain and Boat name and the day the fish was landed! Check it out here on our website and visit one of our many Restaurants and Retailers that support serving locally sourced Fish!
 
 
To find our more about our thriving RSF program contact Enrica Jossi at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com
 

We work with Three River Farmers Alliance to reach a wide variety of Restaurants, Retailers and Institutions for our RSF program.

 

ADDITIONAL FISH WEEKLY

Each week, we offer the opportunity for Members to order extra Catch of the Week  and/or extra Haddock. 

Get your Additional Haddock or Redfish.

  • Weekly Members order here
  • Flexible Fish Members order here

Deadline to order is SUNDAY NIGHT at midnight!

PAYMENTS $$$

If you haven't already done so, please send us a check for your balance to: NHCS, 1 Peirce Island Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801. If you send a check, it saves us the 3% charge from Paypal! If you choose to pay online with a credit or debit card, do it here.

MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS: Please email our Assistant Manager, Enrica at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com with any questions.

THANK YOU

Thank you for supporting our local NH and regional Fisheries! Your Membership directly benefits our local Fishermen in a time of struggle!
 
Enjoy your Redfish and Oysters next week!
 
All the best,
 
Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

Posted 5/15/2020 1:17pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.



Hello %%user-firstname%%,

Welcome to our Community Supported Fishery Spring Session 2020! We welcome all our Shareholders, returning members and new members alike! Our long awaited kick off of the season starts next week. This informative first newsletter will hopefully answer all of your questions and concerns. If not, we have developed our FAQ section here, so please refer back to this once you have read the newsletter and may have other questions!

Our fishing industry in New England and nationwide has suffered tremendously from the Coronavirus pandemic. Our supply chains, typically taking 90% of our NH local catch immediately out of state, overseas and to restaurants, casinos and cruise ships, has come to a halt. Your membership is literally helping some of our fishermen stay afloat, thank you!

The Catch of the Week this week is Atlantic Pollock. This will be announced each week, in our Friday newsletter (formerly Mondays) for the upcoming week. You signed up for %%member-types-text%%, to be picked up %%pickup-time%% at %%pickup-location%%.

You can access your Member Login here for all information regarding your membership and orders.

ADD ONS AND FLEXIBLE FISH MEMBERS

Flexible Fish Members can access our online store here. This option is also available on our website under the SIGN UP tab, listed as Flexible Fish Order Sheet. Flexible Fish members can order alla carte, any week you choose the Catch of the Week, biweekly shellfish and/or haddock.

ALL other Members can access "add ons" through our online store here. This option is also available on our website under the SIGN UP tab, listed as Weekly Add ons. Weekly share members can order "add ons' of extra fish or shellfish each week. You do not have to be a Shellfish Member to order shellfish, that membership is for shellfish lovers who want all our offerings, biweekly. 

***ALL ADD ONS AND FLEXIBLE FISH ORDERS ARE DUE BY SUNDAY, MIDNIGHT THE WEEK BEFORE YOUR DELIVERY***

 CATCH OF THE WEEK-ATLANTIC POLLOCK

Atlantic Pollock is quickly becoming the new signature New England fish, tasting much like cod and haddock and very abundant. 

Atlantic Pollock is related to cod and haddock and sometimes referred to as "Green cod".  Our Pollock are found in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and are most common on the western Scotian Shelf and in the Gulf of Maine. A different species of Atlantic Pollock, commonly known as saithe, is found in the Eastern Atlantic.

Atlantic Pollock differs from Cod in that they have a greenish hue and slightly darker flesh. Not to be confused with Alaskan Pollock, found in the Pacific Ocean and one of the most harvested fish in the world. Alaskan Pollock is often times found in frozen fish sticks and fish fillets and a main ingredient in seafood salad and many processed seafood products.

And according to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), Atlantic Pollock is also one of the five Gulf of Maine fish, that you really can feel good about eating!

Five Gulf of Maine Fish You Can Feel Good About Eating

Here are five Gulf of Maine fish that provide an opportunity to support local fishermen, promote a healthy ecosystem, and eat a delicious meal!

 
Atlantic Mackerel-Cape (Dogfish Shark)-Whiting-Redfish-Atlantic Pollock

Whether cooking at home or ordering out, conscientious shoppers often face difficult choices. But when it comes to seafood, there are plenty of fish you can feel good about eating. 

Source: Jul 23, 2015 GMRI Supporting Sustainable Seafood Blog

KNOW YOUR FISHERMEN

We value our 100% transparency with the origin of all our seafood. In a world where both labeling and origin of seafood is often misleading and difficult to decipher, we are proudly able to trace ALL our seafood back to the source.
 
Our Fishermen this week are from our Guestboat out of New Bedford, Mass. We have just one fisherman from NH currently fishing and in times like this, rely on our friends in Massachusetts or Portland, Maine to supply fish. Typically, we are able to give members the boat name and Captain name, but when we rely on Guestboats, that information will be available on our Facebook page at the beginning of the week. 

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

Our Atlantic Pollock has a white, firm flesh with a sweet and delicate flavor. It is low in saturated fat and a great source of B 12 vitamins! 

All fish should be cooked according to this rule of thumb: 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Our pollock fillets are about a half to three quarters of an inch, so should be cooked for 5-8 minutes total.

Pollock is great in fish  any blackened recipe (like above on the grill).Substitute it in any recipe that calls for cod or haddock. Click here for some great recipe ideas on our Pinterest Page.
 
SHELLFISH ADD ONS and BIWEEKLY SHARES
 
Shellfish is offered every other week, starting Week 2 of our Spring Session. See our upcoming Shellfish Schedule here. Shellfish share Members will receive shellfish every other week. All other members can order alla carte on shellfish weeks.
While you can order your oysters for our first shellfish week as of now, once into our session, we will be taking shellfish orders the week before delivery, from Wednesdays-Fridays. Look for an email each Wednesday for a link to our order page for your Membership!
Oysters for our first shellfish week, available now on our Flexible Fish Order Form and Weekly Add on order form.

PAYMENTS $$$

If you still owe us money, please send us a check for your balance to: NHCS, 1 Peirce Island Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801. If you send a check, it saves us the 3% charge from Paypal! If you choose to pay online with a credit or debit card, do it here.

HOLDING YOUR SHARE FOR THE WEEK

We have a convenient hold system for weeks that you will be away or unable to pick up your share. Each member can hold up to 10 times per season and full instructions can be found here, in the Member Login section.

THANK YOU

If you've made it to this section, thank you for reading this entire newsletter and thank you for your support for our local fishing industry!

Stay healthy, 

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast
 


                     

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

Posted 5/12/2020 1:11pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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There is no better time than the present to sign up for a Membership with NH Community Seafood! Sign up here today, our Spring Session starts next week!

In case you haven't heard, the normal supply chain for our NH seafood has been completely disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Fishermen nationwide have little demand from overseas buyers, restaurants and wholesalers. That's why we need to buy seafood locally, now more than ever.

Support our local fishing industry with an 8, 16 or 32 week Fish or Shellfish membership here

Not up for seafood every single week? We have a new Flexible Fish membership, no weekly commitment required, just order as you like each week, after receiving our weekly newsletter and link to the order page!

We have 20 Pick up locations to choose from, hope to see you at one of them next week!

Thanks for supporting our local fishing industry in these trying times!

All the best,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager


                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

 







                    

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Posted 4/19/2020 10:56am by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Some lobstermen have gone to direct sales in the midst of limited demand for fresh seafood. If you are looking for lobsters straight off the boat, you have to contact the individual boats via their Facebook page and follow directions for ordering.

Check these:

Southern Maine Crabs 

Fresh Lobster Portsmouth

F/V Last Penny off the boat

Yankee Fishermen's Coop, on Route 1A, just over the bridge after Hampton Beach, in Seabrook collectively buys from several lobstermen daily. 

Please remember to wear a mask, bring your own container (if buying directly off the boat) and practice the 6 foot social distancing protocol when picking up your lobsters from our lobstermen.

Now, more than ever, we need to support our local fishermen by purchasing local seafood! Give the canned tuna fish, imported salmon and shrimp a rest and eat fresher seafood! Support our local fishing industry!

Sign up for a share with us here today, and get local seafood all season long, starting May 18!







                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

Posted 4/17/2020 4:46pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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We are so excited to announce we have just created a new way for our supporters to buy local seafood, without committing to a weekly Membership! Introducing the Flexible Fish Membership!

Many of our former and potential new members have said in the past that weekly fish and shellfish is too much for them. We have come up with a new Membership called Flexible Fish

Here's how it works:

  • Order any week you like, no weekly Membership commitment!
  • Select your pick up location when you sign up, you can change your location weekly if needed
  • Selections will include Catch of the Week Fish, Weekly Haddock and  biweekly Shellfish, it looks like this
  • Pay as you go, one time sign up fee of $10

Sign up here for Returning Members

Sign up here for New Members

Select the Flexible Fish Membership and you will receive a weekly ordering sheet every Monday morning with our fresh and local seafood options that week!

Simple as that. We want to make our seafood accessible to everyone and provide a flexible and convenient ordering system that fits everyone's needs!

We sure hope to see all of our former Members who have been waiting patiently for this option to come along!

Thanks for supporting local fishermen, in this crisis, when they need it the most!

All the best,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Flexibility Supporter
 





                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

Posted 4/16/2020 3:59pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


 

 

If you haven't seen us in the news yet,  click here for a link to the state of our local fishing industry, since the Coronovirus pandemic, on WBZN news last week, Channel 4 in Boston. 

Local fishermen currently have very little demand for their product. Almost 90 % of our seafood in NH is shipped out of state or exported within 24 hours of landing! These markets are typically wholesale brokers or restaurants and they are not available to our fishermen right now.

We are a cooperative and buy directly from local fishermen, lobstermen and oyster farmers and sell directly to you, the consumer. We pay all our fishermen a fair market price plus an incentive, on every pound of seafood we buy! Our Spring Session starts the week of May 18!

 

EAT LOCAL: We have multiple Pick up locations for you to pick up your shares, many at local farm stores, retail or natural food stores! All are open and deemed essential as food providers!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

You can support our local fishing industry by signing up for a Fish Share for 8, 16 or 32 weeks. Sign up here today!

We also offer a Shellfish Share, biweekly with a 16 and 32 week option. Sign up here. These include straight-off-the-boat lobsters, crabs, scallops, oysters and mussels!

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Please be assured our fishermen and processors are using all necessary precautions to keep our fish and shellfish safe! And even better, local seafood passes through minimal hands before it gets to you!

PICK UPS: For pick up locations with staffed volunteers, we will have every  precaution in place to assure your safety. Other pick ups will be self serve with no contact pick up.

There has never been a more crucial time to support our local fishing industry! Please take a few minutes to sign up for a share of fish and shellfish here!

All the best, 

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager

 



                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

 

Posted 4/1/2020 1:27pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Dear %%user-name%%,

The Coronovirus COVID19 pandemic has greatly affected our local fishing industry and fishermen throughout the World. In NH, many fishermen are seeing brokers and auctions where they typically sell fish and lobster, having little demand for their product.

This is because 90% of our seafood in the US continues to be imported and the majority of the seafood caught in NH goes to  out of state wholesalers and restaurants. And 80% of the US seafood that is consumed in the US, is in restaurants!

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Please be assured our fishermen and processors are using all necessary precautions to keep our fish and shellfish safe! And even better, local seafood passes through minimal hands before it gets to you!

You can support our local fishing industry by signing up for a Fish Share for 8, 16 or 32 weeks. Sign up here today! We have multiple Pick up locations for you to pick up your shares.

We also offer a Shellfish Share, biweekly with a 16 and 32 week option. Sign up here.

Our Spring Session starts May 18. If necessary at that time, Pick up locations will be modified for outside pick up with no interaction with the pick up venue.

We hope you can support our local fishing industry in this critical time! Thank you!

All the best, 

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager

 



                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

 







                    

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Posted 3/19/2020 2:30pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

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Dear %%user-name%%,

Our Spring Session sign ups will start May 18! Local seafood is safe seafood and has traveled the least distance and through the least amount of hands as any other seafood!

Many people in New England are realizing it's easy to rely on your local food system in times like this where supermarkets are experiencing an overwhelming amount of demand.

8, 16 and 32 week Memberships for Fish and Shellfish are available here for Returning Members like you! 

Now is an important time to support our local food producers, especially fishermen, whose catch is mostly exported or sold to restaurants! 90% of our US seafood is exported in normal functioning times, so please support our local industry today! 

Sign up today and help keep our working waterfront in NH afloat for another year!

Thank you and stay safe and healthy,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Local Seafood Enthusiast

 



                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

 







                    

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Posted 3/19/2020 12:51pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


Dear %%user-name%%,

Due to the growing concerns of the novel coronavirus, COV-19, we are postponing the start date of our Spring Session to May 18. This will simply run the session 4 weeks longer than originally projected.

      8 WEEK SESSION   May 18-July 11
16 WEEK SESSION    May 18-Sept
ANNUAL SESSION    May 18-Jan 2

This is not because local seafood is not safe to eat, it involves all our public venues that host our Pick up locations. Many will be closed and the CDC has advised us to not gather in large groups and practice social distancing.

Thank you for your patronage. Please email me if you have any concerns, questions or existing holds you will need to be adjusted due to our date changes

In the meantime, if you want to support local fishermen, go to Yankee Fishermen's Coop, just over the Hampton Beach, NH bridge on Ocean Boulevard in Seabrook, NH. Tell them we sent you!

Yankee has local fish and shellfish, lobster sales and crabs, and salmon and swordfish! They will cook up lobster and crab for you ahead of time. Retail hours are here.

Thanks for supporting our local fishing industry,  when they rely on it most!

Stay well and eat local,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Local Seafood Enthusiast






                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

Posted 2/13/2020 9:42pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


 

We are happy to announce we have enabled our 2020 Season sign ups for our Community Supported Fishery (CSF) with NH Community Seafood! Our Season starts April 20 this year.

In the US, 90% of our seafood is imported! By purchasing fresh, local, wild caught seafood from our NH and regional fishermen and shellfish harvesters, you are supporting our local economy, our working waterfront and our environment!

We are in our eight year and will be offering the following share options this year, at one of our 20 Pick up Locations

  • 8, 16 and 32 week (Annual) Fish shares with options of 2lb, 1lb and 1/2 lb share per week
  • Shellfish shares for both 16 and 32 weeks, including Lobsters, Crabs, Scallops, Oysters and Mussels
  • Weekly Add ons of Catch of the Week and alla carte Shellfish options biweekly 

You will be delighted to know we have simplified the "Hold system" for weeks you are away or don't care for the Catch of the Week!

Sign up here today to get your Membership renewed! We hope to see you back again this season!

Thanks for your continued support,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager


                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

 

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