Dungeness Crab & Marin Miyagi Oysters
We think everyone deserves to be a little 'shellfish' this Valentine's Day!
Our perfect Valentine's Day looks like a simple meal at home or if the weather is nice at our favorite cove along the coast with Dungeness Crab, lots of freshly shucked oysters with our favorite homemade mignonette, hot sauce, and a little lemon from the garden - plus sourdough to soak it all up!
Don't forget champagne!
Now for the exciting part, this weeks' Fishing Update!
What is our fishing update? It's a way for us to educate our members and keep our online market page more simple. If you ever want to learn more about your catch, then refer to these informative e-mails or see the "Fishing Update" blog on our website!
Common Name: Dungeness Crab
Species Name: Metacarcinus magister
Catch Method: Pots
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Half Moon Bay up to Bodega
Species Catch Range: Santa Barbara to Alaska
Seafood Watch Rating: "Good Alternative"
Full Share ($22) - 1 - 1.25 Cooked, cleaned and quartered Dungeness Crab
Half Share ($13) - 1 Half Cooked, cleaned, and quartered Dungeness Crab
There are few things we love and celebrate more than our Dungeness crab season here in the Bay Area! We pick up our Dungeness from small boats out of Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay. Our fishermen hand sort the crab and set aside the largest ones (2-3lbs+) just for us! The crabs will then be iced on the dock and whisked off to our warehouse where they will be cooked, cooled, and packed that morning to be delivered to homes across the Bay Area!
Dungeness gets its common name from the port in Dungeness, Washington where the Dungeness crab fishery began in 1848 and is said to be the oldest known shellfish fishery of the North Pacific coast. However no one really appreciates Dungeness crab like we do here in the Bay Area - where we celebrate the start of the season with family and friends every November. Our nearly century long tradition of steaming the crab with a secret mix of salt and water within minutes of landing it on the docks giving it its famous sweet, briny, and from meat has made San Francisco Dungeness Crab a highly sought after product around the world. Our local Dungeness fishery brings in millions of tourist and locals together to feast on this delicacy each year!
Our partners at Seafood Watch consider Dungeness Crab caught in California in net pots a "Good Alternative", while the stocks are in good health there is concern about the large fishing pressure put on them each year. Additionally there is concern about whale ensnarement in the ropes of the pots - although this is rare. Our fishermen operate on small boats and participate in fishing gear recovery programs and undergo training to help mitigate these risks to other species.
Common Name: Pacific Oyster - Marin Miyagi
Species Name: Crassostrea gigas
Catch Method: Farmed on ropes or in cages
Our Partner Catch Locations(s): Tomales Bay
Species Catch Range: Native to Pacific Coast of Asia - now farmed in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe
Seafood Watch Rating: "Best Choice"
Full Share ($22) - 16 oysters (not shucked)
Half Share ($13) - 8 oysters (not shucked)
Forget that old rule about only eating oysters in months with an ‘R’, this no longer applies, thanks to developments in food safety!
Pacific oysters are some of the most popular oysters to farm today due to their superior shape and flavor - their scientific name Crassostrea gigas translates into "giant deep cup". Although the oysters we get are harvested before they ever become "giant" (we get the extra small harvest size because we like the flavor on them best) they do have deep cups full of fresh briny sweet melon flavor that will win over any oyster critic.
These oysters are grown just a mile away from the open Pacific on the north end of Tomales Bay, California. Cold oceanic waters flood through the farm nourishing the oysters as they mature in "floating bags" (cages). The tumbling action of choppy water polishes the oysters and induces the development of extraordinary deep-cupped shells. The meats are full and plump, firm (non-spawning tripload seed stock), sweet with complex flavors, melons, fruits, as well as the fresh sea breeze. We get our oysters fresh from the farm - meaning they never sit in a tank, we love them raw or on the grill with some butter and herbs.
Why eat oysters?
No only are they a clean and healthy protein for you - oysters are low in cholesterol and high in zinc, which is good for your immune system, and also provide calcium, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, iron, and protein.
They also give back to the health of our oceans and estuaries by filtering up to 50 gallons a day PER OYSTER! Which is really incredible to think about!
Oysters are great to eat year round and they are a highly sustainable and delicious option. Monterey Seafood Watch considers them a "Best Choice" and so do we!
Orders will be delivered WEDNESDAY (2/13)
We have worked very hard over the past year to streamline our online ordering process so it is just as easy as opting in through our emails!
Please click one of the buttons to go to our market and order your share this week!
We appreciate all your support as we continue to improve and develop our program!