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NHCS Newsletter: FINAL WEEK 16: HADDOCK/JONAH CRABS

Posted 12/28/2020 11:09am by Andrea Tomlinson.

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Our Local Fishing Industry.


 

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It is our final week of our 2020 CSF Season! If you celebrate Christmas, we hope you had a great one! We also hope all our self serve pick ups last week were easy to use and functional!

With your support, we have had our best Season to date in 2020, and this has been the trend for most of our local farmers and fish dealers and we are grateful.

This is Week 16 and our Catch of the Week is local Haddock and our Shellfish Share is Jonah Crabs.

Sorry, we will not have enough crabs to offer as Add ons this week, just enough for our Shellfish Members! 

ORDER EXTRA HADDOCK FOR THE WINTER: We have extended our deadline to order Haddock to tonight at midnight! Stock up for the winter, Haddock will freeze for up to one year!

Important things to know:

  • Due to limited product availability and endless Nor'Easter storms in our New Hampshire winters, our CSF takes a break during Jan-March
  • Our 2021 sign ups will start in early February, look for your email invite! Season will start mid April 2021!
  • Your purchase of seafood from NHCS helps support our NH and regional fishermen, scallopers, lobstermen and oyster farmers!
  • We are a cooperative, owned by both fishermen and consumer Shareholders! Thanks to our over 405 Consumer Shareholders who have supported us over the last 8 years! The beloved Annual Shareholder's Party will happen in 2021, stay tuned....

 CATCH OF THE WEEK-HADDOCK

 

ATLANTIC HADDOCK 

A cousin to the cod, the popular Haddock spans both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. In our western Atlantic, Haddock can be found from Newfoundland to Cape May, New Jersey. A cold water species, the Haddock is most abundant in the Gulf of Maine and especially offshore on Georges Bank.

Haddock prefer a gravel or rocky bottom and can live up to 10 years old. Grayish-silver in color, with a distinctive black lateral line and black 'thumbprint" along the side, haddock are also easily recognized by their pointed, shark-like, front dorsal fin. This species feeds primarily on mollusks, crustaceans and herring.

KNOW YOUR FISHERMEN

Our Fishermen this week will be our Guestboat fishermen, Captain Brian Pearce, from Portland, ME and his crew on the F/V Gracelyn Jane. Thanks to these guys for braving the windy weather for our Haddock this week!

  

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

                                              Baked haddock (Photo courtesy recipetineats)

Haddock is incredibly versatile. You can substitute it in almost any fish recipe and it's a staple in New England fish chowder! Baked, grilled, broiled or pan sauteed, you can't lose with Haddock.

Here are some great recipe ideas for Haddock on our Pinterest Page.

Haddock fillets are firm and tender. They are denser than a cod fillet and have a sweet, mild flavor. Most fried fish sandwiches and fish and chips meals you will find in New England are haddock. This is a well managed and abundant New England species and is plentiful in our Gulf of Maine.

Remember the Cardinal Cooking Rule for Fish: Cook fish 10 minutes per inch of fillet thickness! If you use this method, you can never go wrong with any of our fish!

SHELLFISH ADD ONS and BIWEEKLY SHARES

 


Local Jonah Crabs from our New England wide crab broker, Jillian Robillard, fisherman's (and Board member) daughter, young entrepreneur and recent UNE graduate AND founder of Greenbait, a  Maine Greenlight Collegiate Scholar winning,  student-started business. Needless to say, Jillian is a real superstar and one of the few women owned and run seafood operations in our area. 

Very impressive. Jillian went all the way to Brunswick, ME this week because we are seeing less of our Jonah crabs here in NH this month, and more of southern species of crabs, not native to our Gulf of Maine, like Blue Claw crabs, show up! This is a result of global warming and the Gulf of Maine warming faster than any of our worldwide waters. 

Due to our shortage, we will unfortunately not have Jonah crabs available as Add ons for Members this week.

Shellfish Share members, your share will be 12 live crabs.

 

RESTAURANT SUPPORTED FISHERY

Thanks to all these RSF Supporters this year!
 
             
 
      
  
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To find our more about our thriving RSF program contact Enrica Jossi at enrica@nhcommunityseafood.com
 

 

ADDITIONAL FISH WEEKLY-LAST WEEK TO STOCK UP!

STOCK UP FOR THE WINTER, 5 lb BAGS AVAILABLE!!

Since Haddock is the Catch of the week, all fish will be labelled FRESH FISH

  • Weekly Members order here
  • Flexible Fish Members order here

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY,  MIDNIGHT!

PAYMENTS $$$

If you haven't already done so, please send us a check for your balance (if over $50) 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 SO MUCH

Thanks so very much to each and everyone of you for your support, understanding when things went wrong and your patronage for our local fishermen and their families and our NH working waterfronts!

We appreciate all your support this year, in making this our most successful year to date! 

See you in April! 

Happy New Year,

Andrea Tomlinson
General Manager
Seafood Enthusiast


                    

1 Peirce Island Rd-Portsmouth-NH-03801

 

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