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Fried Clam Epicenter of Massachusetts August 27, 2008

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According to the Boston Globe, Route 133 is the local clam center of goodness. Of the four clam shacks reviewed, only The Clam Box and the all-famous Woodman’s use local clams exclusively. JT Farnham’s and our favorite, Essex Seafood, use local clams for the most part, but will go farther afield if they can’t get local.
Interested in more local seafood adventures? At the Gloucester farmers’ market, you can see, and possibly take gustatory part in, a seafood throwdown, where local chefs are given $25 to spend at the farmers’ market and fifteen minutes to pick out produce and fish. Then they have an hour to cook a meal at the farmers’ market. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of the people chosen at random to eat blue fish with braised mustard greens, red-skinned potatoes, sweet corn, caramelized leeks, and tomatoes. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.
The article also mentions the possiblity of Community Supported Fisheries in Gloucester. Anyone interested in picking up a weekly share of fresh North Atlantic fish? Be still my beating localvore heart.



2 Responses to “Fried Clam Epicenter of Massachusetts”

  1. Cara Connors Says:

    As an Ipswich resident, I give my vote to the Choate Bridge Pub in downtown Ipswich for best fried food and best value. The lobster roll is filled to overflowing and costs about $13.95. I ask for the onion rings, which are to die for, instead of the fries. (I must confess, however, I don’t know for sure that they use Ipswich clams, but why wouldn’t they?) You can’t go wrong. No tourist trap, no outrageous tourist prices. Great local pub atomosphere.

  2. […] Supported Fisheries have received a bit more press since I first mentioned them. A recent issue of Orion discusses them and their benefits and barriers to success and the […]

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