Monday, January 4, 2010

Wild Edibles Sales Update

Happy New Year Chefs and Buyers,
Hope you had a good finish to 2009. It certainly has been cold the past few days and this has had some ill effects on some fisheries.
Extreme cold weather has caused some difficulties for shellfish growers. Freezing temperatures foul gear and make working extremely difficult. Some growers have decided to wait until tomorrow to harvest, so we will be out of the following until midweek: Pemaquid Mussels, Mystic oysters, Sweetneck oysters, Maine Belons, and Steamer clams. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Arctic char out of Iceland has been experiencing some production issues, so we only have a limited amount for Tuesday. First come first served.
Groundfish update: Pollack catches have been slim to none and prices are up on the fish that is around. Fluke is back, very good quality but no reduction in prices as of yet. Monk are big and beautiful with most over 5lbs. Skate is a solid bet for the week, they looked so good they are on my dinner menu tonight. Cod catches should be up, and we may see a price drop by Wednesday.
If you are looking for something special one of the following is sure to fit your needs; Black sea bass from Rhode Island are available in a range of sizes from 1lb to 4lb and all are in rigor and day boat quality. Spanish mackerel is sushi quality and running around a 2 pound average. Locavores will appreciate Long Island "snapper" bluefish (1-3lbs) and the price is certainly right.
Also available: Australian Hiramasa, Nantucket bay scallops, wild sturgeon, Chilean turbot, and live Taylor bay scallops in the shell.
Todays oyster selection is: UMAMI OYSTERS™ – East Passage, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, USA  Salt Water Farms is a carefully sighted shellfish farm, producing a sustainable crop in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay, where strong tides wash billions of microscopic plankton over long-line suspended cages and ropes. Umami literally means "taste sensation" and though the term umami is used frequently in East Asia, the Western World usually refers to this sensation as either "savory" or "meaty." This 2 ½ inch cocktail oyster certainly creates a lovely sensation for your taste buds as the initial salty flavor and sweet finish slides over your tongue.
Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
--Benjamin Franklin,
politician, inventor and author
To a brighter future (or at least a warmer one),
Matthew Hovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"

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