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NHCS Newsletter: Week 6, Season 1

Posted 7/15/2013 12:45pm by Sarah VanHorn.

 

NH Community Seafood 

Community Supported Fishery

Eat Fresher Fish.  Support Seacoast Fishermen.

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Good afternoon CSF members!  We are entering our 6th week of season 1.  This week groundfish members will be picking up either Pollock or White Hake based on their availability.  Both fish are mild-tasting, white, flaky fish and are easy to work with; any white fish recipe should do.  Our fishermen of the week this week is stern dragger, David Goethel of Hampton Harbor.  You can read a blog I wrote about him last summer here.



In other news, we officially have our refridgerated van which has simplified both our lives greatly.  I'm hoping this will enable us to be more punctual and organized.  That in mind take note we will now be driving a white van rather than Josh's blue Tacoma.  Also, we are having it painted with our logo this coming Saturday which will make it much easier to spot.  We're feeling more official each and every day.  

 
NEW VAN!


Also this week, we will have Damon Frampton's Terra Cotta Pasta Lobster Raviolis available for $14 a bag.  They will be available at pick-up on a first-come first-serve basis.  We can accept cash, credit, or check for those at pick-ups.  There's also a slight possibility that we will be teaming up with a local harvesting company in the area to offer our members little neck clams each week at pick-up.  We will be sure to share more information about that as it becomes available.


Season 2 is fast approaching!  Our next season will run 8 weeks from August 5th to September 27th.  We have opened sign-ups for Season 2 as of this morning.  The deadline to join for the start of Season 2 will be Friday, August 2nd.  We will be accepting both returning members, as well as new.  We'd love for you to share information about our CSF with your friends.  We currently have plenty of room for additional members.  Also, please remember if you are unable to pick-up one week due to a leave of absence from the seacoast or otherwise, that all CSF members have the ability to put their fish on hold for that week, and may later double up their share or extend their season by 1 week.  Rolling enrollment will also be available at a prorated cost for the first 4 weeks of sign ups.  


Sign up here.  


Some changes to note from Season 1 to Season 2.  Our underdog share will no longer be offered as a bi-weekly share, but rather a weekly share with Full (2 lbs.), Half (1 lb.), and Quarter (1/2 lb.) shares as options.  It has been to difficult trying to manage bi-weekly members.  Also, due to a lack of interest, we have removed whole fish shares from our option menu all together.  Sorry for those of you who have been enjoying that option in season 1.  We are also continuing to work on some sort of lobster share.  We will be sure to let you all know more about that as soon as we have some more details worked out.  We are also looking into printing some NH Community Seafood t-shirts and have since added it as a menu option to help us gauge interest so we don't end up printing too many.  We are planning to have them printed locally on a high quality cotton.  Most likely they will be a solid color with the logo on the front.  




On another note, there have been some drastic changes within our local fishing industry the past few weeks regarding the market for dogfish shark and many of our fishermen's livelihoods have been put on the line.  It is likely that we will be losing a good portion of our local fishing fleet in the weeks to come.  It is a scary time for both our guys and our new cooperative.  We hope we are able to sustain our community supported fishery despite the drastic decrease in fishermen expected to be fishing in the weeks to come.  Here at NH Community Seafood, we want our CSF members to be in the know and we want all our NHCS members to  know that things are not looking good for our local fleet, but that we have no intent of giving up, and we are doing our best to sustain our new cooperative.  We each must all step up and take control of our local food system and support our seacoast fishermen at a time when it is needed most. NH Community Seafood needs your support now more than ever.  

 

You can look for a newsletter from my partner Josh, the Sector Manager of the NH fishing fleet, in the next couple of days with more information about the crisis at hand.  Please stay tuned for that.  

 

I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but please let us not lose sight of all the good that is happening within our community.  This week we have 277 members eating locally caught fish! That means we have over 500 pounds of locally caught fish filets staying in state rather than being exported to the global market.  That is a huge feat in it of itself and it is thanks to all of you, our CSF members.  


Thank you for your continued support!


May our NH fishermen rally and their livelihoods be sustained.



See you later this week.


Sarah

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NHCommunitySeafood@gmail.com


Sarah E. VanHorn

Co-Founder/Manager

(207) 899-6042


Josh Wiersma, Ph.D

Co-Founder/Executive Director

(603) 682-6115


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