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CSA(F) stands for community-supported agriculture, or, in our case, community-supported fisheries (CSF).

The Model

Pay for a season’s worth of food to become a member and receive local, quality produce, poultry and/or seafood.

What It Means

  • eating healthful foods and preparing them for your family
  • supporting local farmers/fishermen and women
  • being kind to our planet
  • learning something new
  • being adventurous in the kitchen, like trying underutilized fish in the name of sustainability

Getting food from a CSA(F) is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA(F) member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer/fisherman or woman in your area, and the produce/seafood is either delivered to your door or you pick it up at a local distribution center (We have Pick-Up Locations in NH, MA and ME). CSA(F) members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown/caught and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer/fisherman or woman.

“Community-supported agriculture (fisheries) is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA(F) Day. “CSA(F) farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”

According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. CSA Day serves to promote our local farmers and fishermen/women and support sustainable practices. Our sign-ups are happening now! If you like Seafood and want to support the families of our fishermen and women, check out WHAT WE OFFER this Spring!

Are you supporting local farmers? Take the test to find out.


SIGN UP FOR LOCAL SEAFOOD and use the tag #CSAday to help us spread the word!


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Atlantic Pollock – tender, sweet, sustainable

AP real postAtlantic Pollock is a beautiful, sustainable fish with a firm texture and low oil content. Low in saturated fat, Pollock is a great source of protein and vitamin B12. Because Pollock yields such a high-quality fillet, it is often miss-labeled as Haddock–especially in fish sticks and fish and chips. It is also very popular in the fast food industry. Don’t let that fool you though–when fresh off the boat, its taste and texture rival any fish in the sea. It is exceptionally great for frying because of its firm flaky texture. Try Garlic Butter Poached Pollock!

Chef, Ivan Flowers, makes Pollock with Crabmeat and breadcrumbs:

Or.. learn how to roast your Pollock!

 

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Learn more about Atlantic Pollock

Underutilized Fish – Dogfish Shark

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Sustainable fishing is recognizing the limits of the environment and adhering to the changes and adaptation of an ecosystem. Listening to these changes and maintaining a healthy relationship with the Gulf of Maine includes celebrating different types of underutilized fish. Eating with the Ecosystem is a non-profit that helps us promote healthy habits, flourishing food webs, and adaptive supply chains. Our mission is to uphold this philosophy and reach consumers who are willing to adapt with and for the ecosystem. One of those underutilized being Dogfish.
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Dogfish are a family of shark that is beyond plentiful off our coast. They are most commonly shipped to Europe for England’s infamous fish and chips and therefore vastly unseen in local fish markets.  Dogfish are 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 or throw it on the grill with some marinade.  Dan Hayes, a credited seafood chef in London, campaigns for the unloved fish, hoping to demonstrate how tasty Dogfish truly is. 
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Heather Atwood, a columnist who writes “Food For Thought” for The Gloucester Daily Times and North of Boston Media Group, recognizes Dogfish as being Marine Stewardship Council Certified or having three qualifications: being a part of sustainable fishing stocks, minimizing environmental impact and having effective management. She makes Cornmeal Crusted – Beer Battered Dogfish. Or try grilling Dogfish with caponata!
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How to cook with Dogfish

Why Dogfish? 22 News explains