Eating seafood during Lent is hardly a sacrifice in New Orleans - especially when it's locally wild-caught seafood from the fishing families that sell at the Crescent City Farmers Market.
Similar to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), a CSF (Community Supported Fisheries) guarantees shoppers locally caught seafood, and guarantees local fishers shoppers. Shoppers pre-pay for their "share" of a fisher's catch at the start of the season. In our case, the season is Lent.
Four Winds Seafood
(Pick-up available at the Tues. & Sat. CCFM)
Named for Ray Brandhurst's handmade 50-foot trawler, Four Winds Seafood represents a seven-going-on-eight generation family tradition of commercial shrimping. In addition to wild-caught Louisiana shrimp harvested from the Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, Ray's wife Kay Brandhurst also sells bycatch from Ray's trips including drum, flounder and even calamari at the Tuesday and Saturday locations of the Crescent City Farmers Market. The Brandhursts limit trawling time to 30 minutes to reduce the mortality rate of any bycatch, which ensures a top quality product. Fishing time is spent in deep passes harvesting only from the water's surface as not to disturb the ecosystem on the floor below.
Pete & Clara's Seafood
(Pick-up available at the Tues., Thurs or Sat. CCFM)
Pete & Clara's Seafood is a real family affair. In 2011, the Gerica's partnered with marketumbrella.org to offer the Gulf Coast's first Community Supported Fisheries program. This year Pete, his wife Clara, and their daughter Chris, will again offer shares of their catch. An outspoken advocate for the local fisheries, Pete fishes Lakes Ponchartrain (where other times of the year he also catches Louisiana gold shrimp) and Borgne for finfish, and shrimps the waters south of Houma for a premium product. Clara and Chris Gerica pride themselves on providing a wide variety of wild caught local seafood which requires minimal prep time, packed ready to cook or freeze.
$100 for 6 shares (enough for dinner for 2 people)
Subscription includes a CSF insulated bag.
What's the catch? Shares may include black drum, rondeau seabream, flounder, wild caught catfish, speckled trout, crabmeat, soft-shell crab, whole shrimp, or peeled & deveined shrimp.
Please remit to Four Winds Seafood or Pete & Clara's Seafood at one of the CCFM locations where they usually sell (see above). Payments can be made in cash, check or market tokens at the market prior to the beginning of Lent (February 22), or online.
Tuesdays (Four Winds Seafood; Pete & Clara's Seafood)
Crescent City Farmers Market - Uptown
200 Broadway Street, at the River
Thursdays (Pete & Clara's Seafood)
Crescent City Farmers Market - Mid-City
3700 Orleans Avenue (at the Bayou)
Saturdays (Four Winds Seafood; Pete & Clara's Seafood)
Crescent City Farmers Market - Downtown
700 Magazine Street (at Girod Street)
Four Winds Seafood - Tuesdays & Saturdays during Lent
Pete & Clara's Seafod - Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays during Lent
*Lent 2012: February 22-April 7
Orders may be placed in person at the market. Please note that shares can not be shipped.
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.