Blue Heron Local Cuisine

Cooking, Eating, and Drinking on the North Shore (and beyond)

Community Supported Fisheries in Gloucester!! May 5, 2009

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Exciting news! This is a little lukewarm off the presses, as I’ve been distracted by other things, but sign up here for Cape Ann Fresh Catch. A twelve-week assortment of fish is available in whole shares (6-8 lbs. a week for $360) and half shares (3-4 lbs. a week for $180). Pickup may be available in Ipswich, Gloucester, Marblehead, and Cambridge, depending on interest.

 

Support your local fisherman and learn how to cook new kinds of fish!

-goldlentil

 

More Exposure for Community Supported Fisheries January 26, 2009

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(photo from freefoto.com)

(photo from freefoto.com)

The Washington Post is the most recent proponent of Community Supported Fisheries. Check out their shrimp recipes too. I’m still keeping an eye out for any CSF activity in Gloucester, but have nothing yet. If any of you out there in the Blue Heron readership (if, in fact, there is such a thing) have any additional info about possible community supported fisheries in the North Shore, please pass it along!

-goldlentil

 

Drinking Locally November 10, 2008

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(photo from capeannbrewing.com by captjoe06)

(photo from capeannbrewing.com by captjoe06)

Maybe the Eat Local Challenge has given you new resources for eating locally whenever possible. Maybe, like me, you did not participate in the Eat Local Challenge, but were inspired by other people’s hard work to find new ways to eat locally. We’re fortunate to live in Massachusetts, and not just because gay people can get married here.

 

It’s easy to sneer at the Alice Waters crowd: “Sure, eating locally all year round is a piece of cake when you live in Northern California; but what about March in New England when you haven’t seen a green vegetable in months and are beginning to worry about scurvy?!?” Although we can’t find local avocadoes sold for 10 for a dollar along the roadside, we can at least drink away the winter months in local style! (And gay people can’t get married anymore in California. Don’t get me started.). Last night, inspired by a challenge by No Egrets to find him a local milk stout, I did some research:

 

Beer is probably one of Massachusetts’ better local products. My favorite is the Berkshire Brewing Company’s line of delicious fresh beers. They are in South Deerfield, Mass., just down the road from Yankee Candles. They have 8 year-round ales ranging from Steel Rail IPA to Drayman’s Porter and 7 seasonal ales, such as Cabin Fever Ale, Raspberry Barley Wine, and Hefeweizen. The Coffeehouse Porter, my favorite beer ever as it combines dark beer with real coffee, is made with Dean’s Beans, a fair trade coffee roaster in Orange, Mass.

 

There are two breweries on the North Shore: Cape Ann Brewing Company and Mercury Brewing. Cape Ann Brewing Company based in downtown Gloucester. They make four beers: Fisherman’s Brew, Fisherman’s IPA, Fisherman’s Ale, and Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout. There are a few other beers that are forthcoming or available at the tasting room only. Fisherman’s Brew is a great medium ale and the Pumpkin Stout is subtle and tasty. Their brew pub should be open very soon (check them out at 27 Commercial St.). Also available is Fisherman’s Brew bread at Virgilio’s on Main St.

 

I drank Mercury Brewing Company’s Ipswich Ale in Cambridge when I first moved to New England and didn’t even know the North Shore existed (sorry, but it’s true!). You can find Ipswich Ale all around the Boston area. Their best product, in my mind, is their winter ale, which is light (but not too light!) and spicy, sure to keep you warm. Mercury Brewing Company also makes an impressive array of sodas in amazing flavors.

 

No local milk stout yet, but stay tuned for local spirits, and I don’t mean of the Salem variety.

-goldlentil

 

Community Supported Fisheries October 9, 2008

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(photo by Mike Martin)

(photo by Mike Martin)

I can see fishing boats chugging out to sea practically from my window, but in the grocery stores and fish markets, the seafood often is farm-raised or foreign. The question of why we don’t have more local seafood has plagued me, and others I’m sure, as long as I’ve lived on the North Shore. Cathy Huyghe discusses this lack in an article in the Gloucester Times. She also offers an answer: Community Supported Fisheries.

 

Any localvore worth her salt (to mix metaphors) is familiar with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where the consumer plunks down a small wad of bills in the spring and in return gets weekly boxes of fresh, beautiful produce all summer and into the fall. What if you could plunk down a small wad of bills and receive fresh fish all summer? The fishermen would receive reliable capital and fair-trade prices for their catch and the localvore would eat well and support the local economy.

 

Community 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 Gloucester Times is also keeping an eye on them. There’s a CSF in the midcoast of Maine and one in North Carolina. Maine also has a lobster CSF (of course!). The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance is actively pursuing the establishment of more CSFs. There has been talk of setting up a CSF in Gloucester. I’m looking forward to it.

 

 

-goldlentil

 

Fried Clam Epicenter of Massachusetts August 27, 2008

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thanks, roadfood.com, for the photo!

thanks, roadfood.com, for the photo!

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.
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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.
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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.

-goldlentil