Wednesday, November 17, 2010
FARMER'S MARKET FINDS AND A NEW FISHMONGER
Last Saturday we went to the New Bern Farmer's Market to see what was there. We found beautiful local pecans for $6/lb., blemish-free sweet potatoes for $.75/lb, pesticide-free eggplant ($.99/lb.), sweet bell peppers (4/$5) and red leaf lettuce $1/small head).
We were thrilled with our finds, and were on our way out when we saw a new concession, Captain Tom's Fresh Seafood.
Bay scallops, frozen cooked whole lobsters, yellowfin tuna, black grouper and trout were all offered at very reasonable prices.
lobsters as the waters become colder.
As soon as I got home, I did several hours of research on the internet to corroborate Tom's information. Sadly, I found he was telling us the truth. Even "wild" salmon sold by stores like Harris Teeter is not truly wild. The State of Alaska produces mostly farmed or "ranched" salmon. The ranched salmon is hatched in a controlled environment where the baby fish are vaccinated against diseases and treated with antibiotics when necessary. They are fed artificial foods until they are released to the "wild" where they are caught. Technically, they can be called wild, but they are not 100% wild and therefore do not have the health benefits of wild fish. They may taste good, but the Omega 3 production that you think you are getting is just not there.
While the semi-wild salmon is leaner and better than the farmed, it's still not the quality it should be. So I'll be going back to the Farmer's Market to get some fish from Captain Tom's. He'll be there every Saturday, so here's one concession I am happy to endorse -- no fish from the creeks, no fish from farms or hatcheries, just fresh-caught wild fish. How great is that?