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Alternative to Market Basket for cheap lobsters

I guess this is a two part question. First, are lobster prices similar to the last couple years or are they higher? And since Market Basket is a no go, where else can one find inexpensive lobsters?

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  1. I was at the former Super88 which is usually pretty competitive this time of year... $9.99 a pound, ouch.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      I haven't noticed prices but would not be surprised if, as long as the MB's are not doing business, other retailers take the opportunity to raise their lobster prices. Supply and demand, after all.

      1. re: greygarious

        Actually, the opposite in my experience. Probably trying to get the MB customers in now while the opportunity is hot and hope they'll become long-term customers.

        Both Stop & Shop and Hannaford in my metro-west area have 6.99/lb chix at the moment.

    2. $5.10 at the pier on Ballad St saugus

      1. A couple of weeks ago I went to MB for some lobster, but I was discouraged by the crowd and went to Alive & Kickin' on Putman Ave. in Cambridge instead, where they were only $1 per pound more than MB (it was either $7 or 8 per pound, I forget). I know that a live lobster is a live lobster, but somehow I think the ones at A&K are superior.
        On an unrelated note, I bought a dozen fresh Maine eggs at A&K, jumbo size for real! Every one had a double yolk. I thought double yolks were a rarity, but I guess not. Or were they from a farm engaging in some weird genetic experiment? (They tasted great).

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        1. re: katzzz

          I asked about that some years back, at the local poultry farm, after getting a dozen double-yolkers. The owner said that happens with young chickens who've just started producing eggs, because their hormone levels are out of whack at that stage; once they have been laying for a while, the doubles stop.

          1. re: katzzz

            I don't think it's true that "a live lobster is a live lobster". They don't thrive in captivity, so it stands to reason that the longer they've been out of the ocean, the less yummy they'll be. I know the best lobster I've ever had was at Captain Cass in Orleans, right on the wharf.

            1. re: LilBrownBat

              Yes, I agree, which I was sort of getting at. For $1 more per pound, I'd rather get a lobster from a lobster pound than a supermarket for the reason you mentioned: less time out of the ocean (presumably).

            2. re: katzzz

              I had 10 double yolk eggs out of a carton earlier this year. I figured they must have sorted and then mistakenly stuffed them in the same box(es). It was weird because I've only had one other in decades.

              1. re: lergnom

                Mayflower Poultry jumbos are always doubleyolk. Great eggs, great chicken.

            3. Lobster right off the boats at the Yankee Fisherman's cooperative in Seabrook NH (by the Hampton Bridge) was running from 5.75/lb for 1.25 lb lobsters up to I think 7.50 for 2+ pounders. Great quality.

              Of course, that's if the drive up north isn't prohibitive.

              1. Marblehead farmers market $5.99 a lb if I recall correctly, and he is usually at Salem as well.

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                1. re: phatchris

                  If that's the same guy who was selling lobsters from his truck by The Landing at Marblehead town dock last year, they are really superb lobsters. Far more flavorful than what are available in Chinatown or any supermarket lobsters I've bought.

                  Interesting guy. He gave me a little background on the local lobster industry. After deducting fuel, lost trap and other costs, there's not a lot of $/ hour being made.

                  1. Stop n Shop and Star/Shaw's have both had them for $6-7/lb in the past week or two.

                    1. I just bought a great 5 pounder at my local Star Market last week, for $6.99/lb. I needed a claw hammer to crack the claws, though :)

                        1. fish ladies at lowell farmers' market had them for $6.99 pp last friday.

                          we were getting them as cheap as $3.99 at mb last couple summers though.

                          1. Definitely more expensive than the past couple of summers. Right now there are plenty of signs up at pounds in S. Maine / NH for around $5/lb, but the past couple of summers at this time they were going for $3-4/lb.

                            I'd assume that the cooler spring and summer are the main reason. The lower prices in summer are directly correlated to how early & high the catch of soft/new shell is, usually the warmer the spring the earlier & higher the catch of new shell lobsters. Soft shell lobsters don't air freight well, so when there is a glut, the price locally drops, as they can't be shipped farther. This year no glut.

                            1. Shaws/Star has chicken lobsters for $5.99lb this week (thur Thursday)