I picked up a flyer from Eastman’s on Thursday at the Exeter Farmers’ Market — I’m very excited that we have our very own CSF* style offerings, with pick-ups at the Exeter Farmers’ Market and Emery Farm in Durham.
“Are you looking to provide your family with the freshest local fish possible? If the answer to this question is yes, you may want to consider signing up for Eastman’s Local Catch. By participating, you would receive 12 weeks of wild caught fish harvested by local fishermen. Your weekly fish from our fishermen’s catch could consist of haddock, cod, pollack, flounder, monkfish, or ocean catfish. Your fish are cleaned and packed on ice at our market in Seabrook Beach and then go directly to you! 12 weeks, 2 lbs a week, $190/12 weeks, 4 lb a week, $380”
Here’s the flyer for all the details of the what and where and how: eastmanslocalcatch.pdf
Questions and more information call Carolyn Eastman at 760-7422
*CSF stands for Community Supported Fishery. Like a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, the consumer pays up front for a weekly share of the harvest, in this case, fish! This model shortens the supply chain of fish to consumer, helping fishermen get a more fair price for their catch. Very conveniently, the Portsmouth Herald had an awesome article on CSFs around New England in the Sunday paper:
Alice and Larry Hatch always bring a cooler filled with ice when they shop for seafood each week.
They don’t go to a supermarket or even a seafood shop. This summer they’re getting their fish whole, with eyes staring up directly from the fishermen who caught it.
The seafood comes from the nearby fishing port of Port Clyde and the sale is at what might be the nation’s first “community supported fishery” venture.
A similar agriculture model has been around for decades; farmers sell portions of their harvest directly to people who take it home and prepare it for dinner. Now fishermen are getting in on the act, selling their fresh fish to people who pay in advance for a share of the catch.
As they picked up their weekly 5-pound allotment at the Rockland Farmers Market on a recent day, the Hatches watched closely as fisherman Glen Libby took out a long serrated knife and demonstrated how to fillet a cod.
“This is all very personal, and it’s all very natural. And it all comes from right here,” said Alice Hatch.
The aim is to help fishermen earn a premium on their catch as they struggle with burdensome fishing regulations and declining fish populations. In return, shareholders are guaranteed fresh local fish and a chance to support their local fishermen.
The Port Clyde initiative, branded Port Clyde Fresh Catch, began last year with about 200 people who agreed to buy cod, haddock, pollock, redfish, monkfish and other species from a dozen fishermen. About 250 people are participating this summer, and the numbers are growing.
The idea is spreading. Shrimp fishermen in Stonington and on Mount Desert Island tried it last winter, and a mussel harvester in Brunswick and a lobsterman in Falmouth are now giving it a try. In Massachusetts, 750 shareholders signed up this spring to buy fish in advance from Gloucester fishermen.
The programs go like this: Shareholders pay a set amount in advance for seafood shares that they pick up at designated drop-off points churches, schools, farmer’s markets and the like (CONT)
And don’t forget that if you are a restaurant owner or retailer that uses fish, there is a meeting of the NH Seafood: Fresh & Local group on July 1 at Jumping Jays in Portsmouth. More info at www.nhseafood.com