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Mar 21, 2009 09:27 AM

Community sustainable seafood

Is there anything like a CSA for seafood in the Boston area? I think I read something in a local paper just recently about one in Maine and talk of establishing something similar in Gloucester. I'd be very interested in being part of a csf. Thanks.

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  1. I was very interested in this after reading the article as well (


    I hope the idea catches on. Perhaps all it would take is some interest. I know that the farmer I currently get my meat share from was a bit skeptical that there would be enough interest for such a CSA, but he's been pleasantly surprised at the level of interest and has said the CSA is a major part of his financial stability in these uncertain economic times. Fishing is a tough life, and I'd gladly pay even retail prices direct to the fishermen for fresh product procured by local fishermen through sustainable fishing practices.

    1. I just got an email about an area CSF - Cape Ann Fresh Catch.

      They will be having a Cambridge pickup site if they get enough interest. I'm not sure if they offered the CSF last year or if this is their first year, but I'd be interested to know if anyone has any experience with them.

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      1. re: e.lizzy

        I'm very interested in the cambridge drop-off. Do you happen to know which Cambridge Farmer's market they would be using as a drop?

        1. re: Snowflake

          We have signed up and are waiting to hear about which market will be the drop off location. Stay tuned!

          1. re: Small Plates

            I received the email from the Harvard University farmer's market (takes place Tuesday afternoons on Harvard's Cambridge campus). The email states: "It is possible that the Farmers’ Market at Harvard may be named a drop-off location for CAFC Cambridge customers."

      2. I would be very interested in a half share from the Cape Ann CSF if they deliver to Cambridge. I looked at the website and a half share is $90 for 12 weeks, sign up by May 9. I will most probably join but have some questions.

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        1. re: cassis

          isn't the half share $180? or do you mean half of a half share--do they do that?

          1. re: autopi

            According to the website:

            Cape Ann Fresh Catch will deliver a variety of the freshest haddock, cod, flounder, hake, dabs, grey sole, monkfish, pollock, and redfish - and possibly other seafood such as clams, lobsters and scallops.

            The fish will be dressed (cleaned and gutted, NOT filleted) and packed on ice. A 12 week subscription to our summer CSF will start in early June:

            Half share of whole fish: 4-6 lbs per week (1-2 pounds of fish after filleting) $180
            Full share of whole fish:8-12 lbs per week (3-4 pounds of fish after filleting) $360

          2. re: cassis

            Am I missing says the 1/2 share is $180.

            1. re: cassis

              I'm sorry, I must have been calculating what it would cost to split a half share with a friend.

            2. They are also considering a Boston drop-off (according to their latest email) depending upon the amount of interest, so for those of you in Boston who are interested, let them know! At $3 per pound, this deal can't be beat to get your hands on local, fresh seafood!


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              1. re: kristinayee

                We received an email today identifying the Boston area drop-offs. They include:

                Cambridge - Mondays, 4- 6:30 p.m. at Morse School, 40 Granite Street
                Jamaica Plain - Tuesdays 1- 4 p.m. at Jamaica Plains Farmers' Market in the Bank of America parking lot on Centre Street
                Harvard - Tuesdays 4 - 6 p.m. at the Harvard Farmers' Market on Oxford & Kirkland Streets (near Sanders Theater)
                Acton - Wednesdays 1 - 3 p.m. at Butter Brook Farm, 982 Main Street
                Lincoln - Wednesdays 4 - 6 p.m. at Codman Community Farm, 58 Codman Road
                Marblehead - Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m. in Stramski Park on Stramski Way
                Gloucester - Thursdays 4 - 6 p.m. @ Fishermen's Wharf on Rogers Street June 18th & 25thand then at the Cape Ann Farmers' Market, on Harbor Loop from July 2nd through the rest of the season
                Ipswich - Saturdays 10 - 12 p.m. at Appleton Farm, 219 County Road

                Cannot wait for the first pick-up. Will report then.

                1. re: Small Plates

                  I so wanted to sign up for this but my husband thought it would be too much fish for us per week. Do you think you'll consume all of it within the week or are you going to freeze some too? The Ipswich drop-off pont would be good for us.....

                  1. re: Gio

                    We are splitting a full share with another couple - will probably end up freezing some of it. A full share is 8-12 pounds (fish will be dressed. i.e., cleaned and gutted, not filleted). So that means 4-6 lbs per couple for a week. We usually have cookouts on the weekend, so I imagine we will be OK - but freezing is definitely an option with a big vat of fish chowder likely in the future! :-)

                    1. re: Gio

                      I am getting a half share and hoping that we can keep up! If not, the freezer will be full of fish and fish stock. We have been "shopping the freezer" for a month now [to use LindaWhit's expression] clearing it out for the bounty of summer.

                      I hope that I can cook more from Fish Without a Doubt and plan to investigate some Asian whole fish dishes. Pickup is wildly convenient and I love the idea of buying almost directly from the fisherpeople. I haven't check David's fish recipes, but certainly the Mediterranean cooking must include lots of fish.

                      1. re: smtucker

                        Thanks SM! I just noticed there's now a final contract with payment info at the CAFC site with a deadline of 10 June that guarantees a place on the list.
                        I'm going to go for it. I'd rather eat seafood than anything else. And with the Ipswich pick up point on Saturdays that will give us time to sort out and plan our meals.

                        They said that the response has been overwhelming. They expected 100 respondees and got 900.... 901, including me.....LOL

                    2. re: Small Plates

                      I signed up for a half-share, too...Can't wait! I was a little disappointed they didn't keep the Memorial Drive drop-off on Saturdays, tho...Oh well...

                    3. re: kristinayee

                      Anyone interested in spliting a half share (1/4 share)? I'd prefer a Boston drop-off but am willing to go to Harvard or JP.

                      1. re: alwayscooking

                        Don't want to be a buzz kill, but we were interested in splitting a share with some friends till we realized that the fish would not be basically someone would have to take the fish home, fillet it, then split it up. Kind of a pain, IMO.

                        1. re: twentyoystahs

                          Couldn't you split the whole fish, and each family filleted their own? This would allow you to do whole fish preps too.

                          1. re: twentyoystahs

                            Or you could just alternate pick-up weeks.

                            1. re: PorkTerrine

                              That's exactly how a friend and I will be sharing our half-share; we have also done that with a meat CSA. In that case I got one delivery out of three.

                              What I am really looking forward to about this CSF arrangement is that the fish are whole (and so fresh). My freezer will have a bag for fish frames. Plus, I will be steaming flat fish in my wok. Yum yum, nothing is as simple or good as Chinese steamed fish preparatons (think scallion, ginger, maybe some whole brown bean sauce in the finishing sauce). You just can't do that with fillets.

                            2. re: twentyoystahs

                              I want the whole fish and have no problem filleting them. Frames are hard to come by in the city (except for the Asian markets) and whole fish are welcome.

                              Again, happy to split the weekly haul or alternate weeks.

                                1. re: alwayscooking

                                  Did you get my email about upcoming trip?

                          2. Cambridge - Mondays, 4- 6:30 p.m. at Morse School, 40 Granite Street

                            This will be my pickup spot for the Fish CSS. Would love to have a short list of others who will be part of this pickup. Just having a small list of backup folks could be useful for times you can't get out of the office or when you have popped out of town for a three day weekend. If you are interested in being on a private, non-commercial list, email offline at smtucker at

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                            1. re: smtucker

                              Duh...just looked at it, and didn't google to see it was the same place...thanks!

                              1. re: smtucker

                                I had the same question for the organizers of the CSF and was informed that once all the forms are received, they will set up a listserv for the locations. I feel your pain though - I'll either need to find someone willing to alternate pickups or risk forfeiting half of my shares to the food bank, since work prevents me from stopping by the farmer's market every week.

                                1. re: chevrelove

                                  Be in touch if you are a Morse School folk. I won't be missing any pickups with one exception.