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NHCS Newsletter: Happy Holidays

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

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.


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.



Sarah E. VanHorn




Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/General Manager

(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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