Mussels, Clams and more!


 In addition to Mediterranean Mussels and Manila Clams we have fresh Market Squid from Monterey and Cooked Rock Crab Claws from Santa Cruz for our "Seasonal Selection!"

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This week we are delivering fresh Mediterranean Mussels (grown in Washington) and Manila Clams (grown in Washington) to our customers! These shellfish are being harvested and flown in tomorrow from their respective ocean grown facilities - meaning we aren't dredging our oceans and destroying habitats to get them but rather plucking them from ropes or other structures that we place them on to grown in a sheltered inlet. 

 Not only are they sustainable but they are also delicious, nutritious, and easy to cook!  
(Yes that delicious looking photo is from one of our wonderful members @nerb from http://www.bitesandbourbon.com from the last time we delivered this option!)

We love these tastey morsels in soups and chowders, on french fries, pastas, smothered in butter on the BBQ, or served on top of pizza (that's right - pizza actually can get more delicious!)
 
These guys are the perfect way get warmed up and well-fed while we wait for another round bad fishing weather to pass. 

Why Washington this week?

Fish are scarce locally (many fishermen have transitioned over to Dungeness) and the Dungeness season is very limited right now with so many areas being closed which puts a lot of pressure on our local fishery. Washington grown shellfish are sustainable, clean, and contain the unique flavor of the waters they are grown in - we love to give our members specialty fresh options like this that can't be found locally when fishing is slow. 

I know many of you eat fish for it's health benefits - shellfish can also offer many of the same benefits in addition to others!  

Mussels and Clams are teeming with vitamin B12, selenium, and manganese (offering over 100% of the RDA for each of them!) are they are particularly high in vitamin B12, selenium, iron, and manganese. That makes them excellent for nerve and blood cell health, treating or preventing iron-deficiency anemia, protecting against cellular damage, forming connective tissue, supporting cellular health, DNA synthesis, fat and carbohydrate metabolism, connective tissue and bone health, and blood sugar regulation (just to name a few!) 

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider these farmed shellfish a "Best Choice" because they actually help filter our ocean water and keep it healthy for all of its inhabitants. 

Single Orders will include 3 - 3.5lbs of BOTH Mediterranean Mussels and Manila Clams

*if you want only clams OR mussels please make a clear note in your opt-in email*

Regular orders too much seafood for you?  Try a half share!

Half Orders will include 1.5 - 1.75lbs of BOTH Mediterranean Mussels and Manila Clams
 

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New Seasonal Selections! 

Now that we have built a stronger relationship with our fishermen and women we are happy to announce that we will be offering a seasonal selection of seafood which will be offered consistently each Wednesday in addition to our rotating catch. 

This month we have several squid boats going out multiple times a week as well as our rock crab boat in Santa Cruz going out twice a week. This allows us to always pick up our catch on a Monday or Tuesday to be delivered Wednesday, guaranteeing a fresh selection every week for our members!

 Fresh Market Squid
 

Have you ever driven down Highway 1 at night and noticed a fleet of boats shining bright spotlights onto the ocean? This is part of our local squid fleet using their spotlights to attract squids into their nets! Our squid boats go out several times a week and land their catch in Monterey making them a consistent seasonal and sustainable selection that we are happy to offer every week to our customers while our boats are able to go out to sea.They are perfect for calamari or to spice up a delicious pasta dish! Squid will come whole so you will have the opportunity to learn a little squid anatomy and save the ink to use in your pasta or an inky Halloween-inspired dish that both kids and adults will love!

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider Market Squid caught with purse seine in California a "Good Alternative" as squid are an important part of the ocean food chain acting as both predator and prey for many different species and there is little assessment or regulations that limit the squid fishery at this time - but we hope there will be more soon! 

Single orders will include 3 lbs Fresh Whole Local Squid

Regular orders too much seafood for you?  Try a half share!

Half orders will include 1.5 lbs Fresh Whole Local Squid


 Check out our squid page here to learn more!

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Cooked Rock Crab Claws with Arms

Fresh Rock Crabs from Santa Cruz are a Seasonal Selection available to members each week! Captain Jason goes out twice a week to catch them and hand picks out the best and biggest of the bunch for us to cook up for our members early Wednesday morning. Rock crabs are a delicious and sustainable local alternative to the infamous Dungeness crab. Many restaurants like to use them as a substitute for Dungeness, but here at FreshCatch we like to think of them a little bit more like a Western cousin of the famous Florida Stone Crabs! They have big meaty claws and a rock-hard exteriors to protect their sweet centers. Most of their meat is in their claws and the arm attached to that claw so that is what we will be delivering with shares, the body meat is minimal making it perfect for stocks! There are only a couple boats catching these guys so you won't be finding them at your local grocery store! 

Our partners at Seafood Watch consider Rock Crab caught in California in net pots a "Good Alternative" because the stocks are due for an assessment and there is concern for pots damaging seafloor. Jason avoids sensitive habitat zones and returns all small crabs back to the ocean making his catch more sustainable than others. 

Crabs will come already cooked (morning of delivery) and cleaned! 

Single Orders of crab will include 1 lb of Cooked Rock Crab Claws (between 10 -12 pieces)

Regular orders too much seafood for you?  Try a half share!

Half Orders of crab will include 1/2 lb of Cooked Rock Crab Claws  (between 5 - 6 pieces)


Check out our Rock crab page here, to learn more!

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Looking for something beautiful and unique to give this season? Check out our NEW gift market that features artisan products for your pantry, sustainable seafood reads, gift certificates, and fresh seafood gift boxes! Click here for more!

 What's on the hook for next week?

Seasonal:
(available every Wednesday while in season)
Fresh Market Squid & Cooked Rock Crab Claws

What we are hoping for next week:
(changes each Wednesday based on what our fishermen are catching)

Dungeness Crab, Abalone, Black Cod, maybe Rockfish
 

Buy a Share!

Hub Points are an easy way to pick up your fish without the delivery fee!

 

Available Hub Points include:

 

San Francisco

Oakland

Moraga

Montclair

Learn more about our hub points here!

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