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NHCS Newsletter: Week 3, Season 3

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

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.



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.






Sarah E. VanHorn


(207) 899-6042

Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115

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