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 8 deliveries. We buy fresh fish and shellfish directly from fishermen, docks, and farmers in NJ. We bring the fish to South Philly - once every other week - and you pick it up.
WHERE AND WHEN DOES THIS HAPPEN?
You pick up the fish at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus (927 Johnston Street, 19148, one block south of Oregon), every other Thursday 4-6:30 pm. Our spring 2019 pickup dates are 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/17 (on a Wed to avoid spring break), 5/2, 5/16, and 5/30. We also have groups of customers in West Philly and Mt. Airy who coordinate and share pickup responsibilities so not everyone has to come to South Philly every week, and are happy to connect new customers to these groups.
WHAT KINDS OF AND HOW MUCH 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, 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 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?
You can choose between two packages:
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.
Orange Club (fillets only): You will receive either fillets or whole shellfish in the shell (like clams or oysters).
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The full 8-shipment season costs $160 in advance (which works out to $20/week). If you have a student enrolled at Mastery Charter Thomas, are eligible for SNAP or Medicaid, or are referred to us by another community discount customer, you qualify for our community discount ($10 / week or $70 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, and shrimp need warmer water than we have here in the Mid-Atlantic. 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?
We are not currently able to offer a fish-only club; with our current suppliers, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reliably provide a variety of finfish every other week at a reasonable price.
Do you do any other events?
Save the date for our 2019 cook-off: Sat 3/30/19! And we are planning another dock trip for later in the spring - sign up for our mailing list to keep up-to-date on what’s going on! In the meantime, check out the video of our last dock trip!
SOUNDS GREAT! HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can sign up here on our web site, email us at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call us at (267) 666-0924.