Sign up for our community seafood buyers club and get fresh local fish at great prices!
HOW DOES THE COMMUNITY SEAFOOD PROGRAM WORK?
You sign up and pay in advance for a season of deliveries. The fall 2019 season will be 7 deliveries. We buy fresh fish and shellfish directly from fishermen, docks, and farmers in NJ. We bring the fish to Philly - once every other week - and you pick it up.
WHEN and where DOES THIS HAPPEN?
Our fall 2019 season will run 9/26-12/20. We have two pickup locations/times: (1) Mastery Charter Thomas Campus (927 Johnston Street, 19148, one block south of Oregon), every other Thursday 4-6:30 pm (pick up dates: Thu 9/26, Thu 10/10, Thu 10/24, Thu 11/7, Thu 11/21, Thu 12/5, Thu 12/19), and (2) Simon Gratz High School (1798 West Hunting Park Avenue, 19140), every other Friday 4-6 pm (2019 pick up dates: Fri 9/27, Fri 10/11, Fri 10/25, Fri 11/8, Fri 11/22, Fri 12/6, Fri 12/20). This season we are piloting a porch pickup in Kensington (pick up from an unstaffed cooler on a porch after 8 pm on Thursdays). We also have a group of customers in West Philly who coordinate and share pickup responsibilities so not everyone has to come to pickup every week, and are happy to connect new customers to this group.
WHAT KINDS OF FISH WILL I GET?
Our goal is to provide you with the best, freshest fish at the lowest price. And your fish hasn’t been caught yet! So we can guess what species we think we will get, but we can’t say for sure until the week it’s caught! In the fall, we expect that we might get any of the following species: scup (porgy), dogfish, skate, flounder, black sea bass, monkfish, whiting, bluefish, mackerel, squid, clams, oysters, and whelks. In the spring, we might get any of those species, plus scallops and blue crabs. We will send you an email a few days before you pick up telling you what kind of fish you will be getting. The amount of fish you get depends on the cost of the fish: some weeks you may get less than a pound, but other weeks you may get up to 5 pounds of fish!
ARE THE FISH CLEANED? And how much do I get?
You can choose:
Blue Club (whole fish): In most cases, you will receive whole fish that are not scaled or gutted, or whole shellfish in the shell (like clams or oysters). If the fish are very large, you will receive fillets. The amount of fish depends on the cost of the fish; you will get 1-3 lbs of fish each week.
Orange Club (fillets only): You will receive at least 1 lb of fillets or whole shellfish in the shell (like clams or oysters).
Purple Club (finfish fillets only - new this year!): We are piloting a new package this season of finfish fillets only. We expect that there will be at least 2 deliveries of finfish (e.g., not shellfish) during the season. These finfish deliveries will be species that are considered kosher, but they will be processed (filleted) in a non-kosher facility. We cannot predict exactly when those deliveries will come in; if you subscribe for Purple club, you will receive an email early in the week telling you that you will have fish this week. This package is an experiment, so if you sign up for it, please be willing to be patient and bear with us while we work out the details.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The full 7-shipment season costs $140 ($20/week) for Blue Club (whole fish) and $154 ($22/week) for Orange Club (fillets). If you have a student enrolled at Mastery Thomas or Simon Gratz, are eligible for SNAP or Medicaid, or are referred to us by another community discount customer, you qualify for our community discount (Blue Club: $10/week or $70 for the whole season in advance; Orange Club: $12/week or $79 for the whole season in advance).
WHY SHOULD I BUY FISH FROM YOU INSTEAD OF WHEREVER I’M BUYING IT FROM RIGHT NOW?
Our fish is as fresh as it gets; it will probably be harvested the day before you pick it up. You can’t get it fresher than that! We can also tell you who harvested, sorted, processed, and delivered your fish.
WHY DON’T YOU HAVE ANY SALMON OR SHRIMP?
We sell fish and shellfish that are caught or grown on the NJ shore. Salmon need cooler water than we have here in the Mid-Atlantic, and we don’t have any commercially fished species of shrimp in the area. We think NJ is home to a diverse array of delicious fish and shellfish species, and we hope you agree!
CAN I GET JUST FISH AND NO SHELLFISH?
See our new Purple Club above!