Thursday, September 6, 2012

The South Shore Seafood Exchange

Looking for fish fresh off the boat, but don't plan on catching it yourself? If you live near the South Shore of Massachusetts, you have a different option.

The South Shore Seafood Exchange is a nonprofit community-supported fishery in Scituate offering fresh fish from local fishermen, where the catch comes from local waters. Their goals are to forge links between local fishermen and surrounding communities and to allow greater access to a most precious local resource.

Fresh fish and seafood in general is definitely a benefit of East Coast living. From my research into lobster prices, where you live impacts how and what you eat. We probably eat a lot more seafood here than people living in the middle of the country.

So how does it work? From what I saw on the website, the new season is approximately nine weeks starting on September 14th. You can buy a whole share of fish, which is two pounds ($225.00) or a half share, which is one pound ($112.50).

Purchase your share online or mail in a check. When you pick up your fish each week, make sure to bring a cooler or insulated bag. It was also nice to see that any unclaimed shares will be donated to local food pantries.

This sounds like a really good program and a way to make sure that your fish is really fresh. Have any of you tried it?

*Updated 9/7/12* Just read this article and there is also a Cape Cod Fish Share.

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Kristin Leamy said...

That's very cool! There's a fish market up north of me, in Seattle, where you can buy fish straight from the guys and gals who caught them. No idea about local charity donations, but being both Portland and Seattle are fairly community-minded, I'm guessing that happens as well. There sure is nothing like freshly caught or harvested food!

Lisa Johnson said...

kristin - Welcome! I've heard about that fish market in Seattle. I have to make it up and over there one day. See if I can taste the difference between east coast and west coast seafood. : )

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