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NHCS Newsletter, Session 1, Week 3 White Hake

Posted 5/16/2016 1:44pm by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

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Welcome to Week 3 of NH Community Seafood's CSF!  I hope you are enjoying your fish.

This week's Catch of the Week is White Hake, Urophycis tenuis, otherwise called "Mud Hake".

Distinguished by the white barbels on the chin and white spots, White Hake are found from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Cape Hatteras, NC and occasionally some schools will stray into deep waters off the coast of Florida. White hake migrate from cooler, deeper waters in the winter to warmer, shallower waters in the spring and summer. Some juveniles can be found in estuaries in the summer. Adult hake can live up to 20 years old and female white hake are among the most fertile of all groundfish (the fish that live on the bottom or "ground" of the ocean), producing up to several million eggs in one spawn!

 

Despite it's name, the hake is not all white, it is a mud-colored (hence the nickname, "Mud Hake"), white spotted fish on the sides, bronze-gold colored on top and white on the underbelly. Hake have a rather large mouth, the cardinal barbel and very long pectoral (the ones on the sides) fins that have ray- like projections spanning off the body.

White hake are delicious because they primarily eat small crustaceans like lobsters and crabs and shrimp! What a bonus for us! Their flesh has a thick, white meaty consistency and cooks up nicely. Here is a link to some great recipes on Pinterest,https://www.pinterest.com/explore/hake-recipes/

Our Fisherman this week for the majority of our shares is NH Sector fisherman, Fanel Dobre, owner of  the F/V Angela Michelle. A guest boat out of Gloucester helped catch the remainder of our hake for this week.

 

Additional Fish Orders and Lobster Ravioli Add-ons:

If you love hake or just need some extra fish this week, we are now offering our Additional Fish Orders to be made until 9pm tonight. The same goes for our Lobster Ravioli Add-Ons. You now have until tonight, Monday at 9pm to order these delicious treats to be included in your share for this week! Additional fish will come in 1lb packages and the Lobster Ravioli will now be labelled with your name on the bag and placed on top of the coolers.

 

Lobster Ravioli Add ons now available to order online until 9pm tonight!

 

HOLDS AND DOUBLES:

We offer a flexible hold system if you are away for a week during our session. To access this feature, use the Member Login on our website. Here you may select the week you want for us to "hold" your share and the week you want us to "double up". When you receive your double share, it will be in the same size bags as your regular share and you will pick up two packages. For example, if you are signed up for a 1lb share, your double share will come in two 1lb packages. The same goes for 1/2 lb and 2lb double shares. 

SELF-SERVE PICK UPS:

We have 17 pick ups throughout the state and one in Dracut, Massachusetts. Due to the number of pick ups we offer, some of them are self-serve. If you are picking up from a self-serve pick up, please remember to check the weight of your share on the bag and check your name off the pick up list. We have had some confusion with members accidentally picking up the wrong share sizes at our self serve pick ups and leaving other members empty handed!

Larger self serve pick ups will have 2 coolers: one with just 1lb shares and the other with 2lb and 1/2lb shares, easily distinguishable from one another.

Each bag is labelled with the size of the share and each share is bagged in a different sized bag, according to weight. 2lb shares are in large gallon sized square bags, 1lb shares are in medium sized square bags and 1/2lb shares are in smaller, rectangular sized bags. Here's what they look like side by side:

 

2lb, 1lb and 1/2 lbs shares-weights of shares are on the label, please check carefully
 
Our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) is growing by the week! We have teamed up with Three Rivers Farmer's Alliance to help market our fish to chefs around the Seacoast and beyond. Please support these fine establishments that are currently serving our fish on a weekly basis:
  • Anneke JansKittery, ME
  • Throwback Brewery, North Hampton, NH
  • Local Eatery,  Laconia, NH
  • The Hancock Inn,  Hancock, NH
  • Moxy, Portsmouth, NH
  • Vida Cantina,  Portsmouth, NH
  • Jumpin' Jays Fish Cafe,  Portsmouth, NH
  • One Hundred Club, Portsmouth, NH
  • 7th Settlement, 47 Washington Street, Dover, NH
  • Monadnock Food Co-op, Keene, NH
  • The Bedford Village Inn, Bedford, NH
  • Franklin Oyster House, Portsmouth, NH
  • Sonny's Tavern, Dover, NH
  • The District, Porstmouth, NH

Brookford Farm Partnership:

Get fresh organic produce, milk products, meats and more along with your fish shares

Brookford Farm, in Canterbury, NH and NH Community Seafood have a long history. Brookford Farm delivers shares for us to some of our pick up locations beyond the Seacoast region. They also help hand out shares for us at some locations. AND, they have a fantastic CSA program with farm fresh organic produce, eggs, milk products, handmade bread and meats! You can get your CSA share from Brookford along with your fish at these pick up locations: Nashua, Manchester, Exeter and Canterbury. Summer Sessions start June 6!

Thank you for supporting NH's only Community Supported Fishery. We have rolling enrollment until August and our 8-week Summer Session starts June 21 if you know anyone who has tried our fish and wants to sign up!

All the best,

Andrea

 

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nhcommunityseafood@gmail.com

www.nhcommunityseafood.com

 

Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood

(603) 767-7209

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