Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wild Edibles Seafood Update

Good day Chefs and Buyers,
 
Wild Striped Bass are plentiful today as we see additional inland water openings in North Carolina and alternating days out of Maryland. Fish are available in a wide range of sizes from 5-20 lbs. Black sea bass prices have come down just a bit and the fish are screaming fresh.
 
Our favorite short trip Jersey boat came in late last night and served us up a load of swordfish, and mako shark. these fish are practically pulsing with freshness.
 
You can have your choice of dory today: Imported John Dory from New Zealand (4# average) or local silver dory (2# average).
 
A note about Wild Salmon: Some of you have been asking us about availability, the answer is there is a very small amount of troll Kings coming out of Sitka, Alaska at very high prices we have decided not to bring in, and artisanal caught Wild Steelhead salmon that is not only much more affordable but fish of the highest order. These big 7-11 lb wild fish are cutting out deep red and firm.
 
It wasn't easy but we managed to steal away a few big sacks of Louisiana Crayfish. Most of this weeks harvests have stayed in the Big Easy or been sent down to Miami for Super Bowl festivities.
 
Also featuring:
Maine shrimp (head on and off available), medium stone crab, grouper, pompano, snapper, and dayboat halibut.
 
We just brought in some good wild oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Once upon a time this area was considered inexhaustible but the harvests have diminished to very low levels. Only after years of seeding and strict regulations has this wild oyster started to make a come back. Not quite as briny as their Northern cousins, they do however have a nice earthiness, and a clean finish. The season for these hand harvested oysters extends through the end of March, and supply should be fair. These are an inexpensive option if you need something for happy hour and they are a great oyster for cooked applications.
 
 
"In short, in life, as in a foot-ball game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard; don't foul and don't shirk, but hit the line hard!"
~Theodore Roosevelt
 

Matthew Hovey http://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewhovey
718-433-4321 ext.121 / fax 718-433-4616 cell 718-679-0641
"Hand picked specialties from the Seas"
www.wildedibles.com 
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