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NHCS Newsletter, Week 3, Session 4, Atlantic Pollock

Posted 10/27/2015 11:44am by Andrea Tomlinson.

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Your Fishing Community.


Hello Session 4 CSF Members,

It's National Seafood Month! Time to celebrate and eat more Seafood! Especially with the latest news about processed and red meat! Isn't it great, fish is really good for you, is a healthier alternative to meat and is low in fat, high in nutrients and a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for good health!

Session 4 is 6 weeks long and goes until November 22. To remind our veteran customers and to inform you new members: we run four, 6-week Sessions (this is our fourth this year) with a one week break in between Sessions. We will be running a 4-week Holiday Session in December as well!  This Holiday Seafood Medley Session will be four weeks long, from Dec. 1 - Dec 24. We will be offering an array of fresh and local seafood in this session for you to dazzle your family and house guests! The offerings will likely include scallops, oysters, lobsters and a premier fish! Stay tuned for details!

Some weeks, I simply do not know what the guys are catching until Tuesday morning. This is one of those weeks. We continue to support our Day Boat Fishermen again this week, as they wind down their season. Atlantic Pollock is on the menu. A delicious alternative to cod or haddock, cooks and looks the same!

The Atlantic Pollock, scientific name, Pollachius virens, is in the same family as cod and haddock and sometimes referred to as "Green cod".  Atlantic 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 the 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. 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!


Pollock is great in fish chowder, broiled, baked for grilled. It is also fabulous for fish tacos and works well with any blackened recipe. Substitute it in any recipe that calls for cod or haddock. Here is are some great recipe ideas on our Pinterest Page:https://www.pinterest.com/nhcsf/pollock/.


Our Fishermen this week are Jayson Driscoll of the F/V Sweet Misery out of Rye and Ricky Anderson of the F/V of the Bridget Leigh also out of Rye.


                                Captain Jayson Driscoll (left) and crew


                                           Captain Ricky Anderson


Payments: If you had signed up for Session 3, we trialled our new Auto Renewal Feature this Session 4 and an email was sent out on 10/2/15 regarding how this works. LOTS of folks missed that email and were not aware of this new convenient feature. Please reference that email for the full explanation of this feature if you are still unclear. If you are not yet paid, you will still receive your share this week. We operate on the honor system and rely on you sending your payment as soon as possible, once the Session begins. You have two options to pay: simply see your "payment request" email sent out this week and click on the link to our website where you can pay with a credit card or debit card OR mail us a check at the address provided in the email.

We are pleased to be co-hosting a special event at the Portsmouth Music Hall Loft next Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm. Please join us for one of Greenfire Productions great films! Tickets are available at: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/event/ocean_frontiers_ii_a_new_england_story_for_sustaining_the_sea. $11 general admission, $8 for students, military and seniors.




Holiday Share Session:  We will be needing volunteers to orchestrate the first ever Holdiay Seafood Medley Session. Because we will be handling both scallops and oysters and live lobsters, there will be more logistics involved. If you can help with any aspect, labelling bags, handing out lobsters at your pick up or just promoting this session in your community, please contact me via text, phone call or email! More details next week on specific jobs!  

 Social Media: Like us on Facebook, WE LIKE TO BE LIKED! We are approaching almost 2000 likes, which I am told is a big deal in Social Media land! So PLEASE, if you love Facebook, invite your friends to view our page and please post your pictures and recipe ideas! We are on Twitter and Instagram too! Retweet our tweets and spread the word!

And don't forget all our wonderful Restaurants that support our Restaurant Supported Fishery (RSF) program! From Laconia to Hancock to Portsmouth, our fish is everywhere! You can visit one of the following establishments next time you decide to dine out and tell them you are a CSF Member and support what they are doing! Thanks! We are proud to boast that we are NH's only RSF!


  •  Black Trumpet, 29 Ceres Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Local Eatery, 21 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH
  • Hayseed Restaurant, Smuttynose Brewing Co., Hampton, NH
  • The Hancock Inn, 33 Main Street, Hancock, NH
  • Moxy, 106 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Vida Cantina, 2456 Lafayette Rd, Portsmouth, NH
  • Jumpin' Jays Fish Cafe, 150 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH
  • Blue Moon Evolution, 8 Clifford Street, Exeter,NH
  • One Hundred Club, 100 Market Street, #500, Portsmouth, NH

And new this Session, Welcome to our New RSF Members:



And just back with us from last year: 7th SETTLEMENT, Dover, NH

Thank you all for your continued patronage and support for our NH Fishing Community! The last of our NH Day Boat Fishermen are still out to sea daily, bringing us the freshest fish ever! 

And as always, thank you for continuing to support the Eat Local movement and our local economy! We appreciate it and so do your Fishermen!

Bon appetite!!






Andrea Tomlinson

Manager, New Hampshire Community Seafood  (603) 767-7209


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