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Otolith seafood shares?

Hansel Dec 6, 2009 08:56 AM

Has anyone had any experience with the Otolith CSS (community sponsored seafood) shares, or with their seafood (store in Fishtown)? (www.otolithonline.com)

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    Bigley9 RE: Hansel Dec 7, 2009 06:10 AM

    I have not done the CSS but I do get seafood from them regularly, usually salmon (both regular and smoked) and Sable/Black cod. I have also had razor clams. They were on Girard Ave but have moved to Huntingdon St, and if you didn't know it was there you wouldn't think it was a store - they still have lots of renovating to do on the property - but that doesn't effect the quality of the fish, which has always been delightful. I think their prices are competitive with similar retailers - I'm am not comparing them to Costco's frozen salmon bricks. Also, one of the partners is/was an Alaskan fisherman so they know many of the sources of their seafood first hand. I highly recommend giving them a try!

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      isadorasmama RE: Bigley9 Dec 7, 2009 08:52 AM

      it's a husband and wife team - he's the fisherman and she's the scientist/activist. they are committed to sustainable seafood - and because you are buying in bulk with a css you are getting more value for your dollar.
      i'm working on a story on them....

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        Bigley9 RE: isadorasmama Dec 7, 2009 09:16 AM

        Wonderful! We are very lucky to have them and they need to increase their visability! I thought it was great that they started going to the Headhouse Farmer's Market

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          isadorasmama RE: Bigley9 Dec 7, 2009 09:34 AM

          just as an fyi -- they're trying to fill up their rockfish css and after that comes the halibut...

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            phillyjules RE: isadorasmama Dec 8, 2009 09:30 AM

            Otolith is great! I was part of the salmon CSS and just signed up for the Winter CSS which includs shrimp and Alaskan king crab legs. A lot of the fish is considered sushi grade so you can even eat it raw. The husband and wife are passionate about seafood and both give great cooking tips. I live close to the new location in Fishtown so the CSS pick ups are easy for me.

            I highly recommend the CSS since you are getting incredible seafood for a reasonable price. It's frozen so you don't have to eat it immediately. Much, much fresher than Wholefoods or Reading Terminal.

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      twotodine RE: Hansel Jan 6, 2010 08:22 AM

      Otolith is a great source for local seafood. I just heard that the owner, Amanda Boussard, is going to be a panelist after a showing of The End of the Line at the Ambler Theater on January 12. The movie starts at 7:30 and then after the movie Amanda will be part of a panel that will be taking questions about sustainable fishing from the audience.

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        urbanfabric RE: Hansel Jan 6, 2010 08:32 AM

        Thanks to this thread, we stopped by their "store" last month and signed up for the Rockfish CSS. While there we picked up some amazing spot prawns and a huge package of octopus. I'm really excited to support sustainable sourced seafood, and get really excellent product in the process.

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          Bigley9 RE: urbanfabric Jan 7, 2010 06:41 AM


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            barryg RE: urbanfabric Jan 7, 2010 06:48 AM

            What are the walk-in prices like?

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              urbanfabric RE: barryg Jan 7, 2010 10:48 AM

              I was tempted to "let me google that for you" but I'll just give you the link:

              The octopus is not on there, but I want to say it was much cheaper than anything else they had, for a lb of spot prawns and 3+lbs of octopus, I think we paid $30.

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                barryg RE: urbanfabric Jan 7, 2010 01:17 PM

                Haha, I would have deserved that, thanks.

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                  phillyjules RE: barryg Jan 8, 2010 05:57 AM

                  I signed up for the Winter CSS and this weekend I'm picking up my freshly caught Alaskan prawns. I cannot wait to cook them up on the stove. You cannot get prawns this fresh and delicious any where else in the city!

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            Hansel RE: Hansel Jan 8, 2010 06:25 PM

            I took the plunge, and am looking forward to picking up my prawn share tomorrow, too.

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