*** We will be open and making deliveries on Monday, 2/15/16. Just a heads up though that many of the trucking companies are not operating Sunday night in observance of President's Day and the Hunts Point Market will be closed as well because of the national holiday. With Valentine's Day and President's Day falling on the same weekend, we expect that product will be very tight going into Monday. We anticipate it will be a very busy weekend and strongly encourage you to order what you need for the weekend to be delivered tomorrow to ensure you get what you need. ***
Direct from the desk of our purchasers, here's the latest news in the seafood market to get you ready for the holiday weekend:
Lobster production has slowed down over the past several weeks as many fishing areas have closed until the Spring and supply has tightened up significantly. Lobster prices are up again for the coming week because of Valentine's Day but we expect costs will start to level off in the next couple weeks. All the same, we're in good shape across all sizes of lobster, with plenty of product arriving at our warehouse for the weekend.
We're in good shape on North Atlantic Groundfish with the following varieties arriving at our warehouse for the weekend: Hake and Pollock landed in Chatham, MA on F/V Carol Marie, Monkfish and Skate Wing landed in Chatham, MA on F/V Pilgrim, Norwegian Cod (Skrei), Wild Halibut, and Sterling Farmed Halibut.
Jumbo Black Bass has tightened up over the past few days and we were NOT able to track any down for tomorrow. We're going to try our luck at the market tonight but if we're not able to find any, best subs will be 3-4 LB Black Bass Bleederz ($8.95/LB), 1-2 LB Black Bass, 2-4 LB American Red Snapper, or 2-4 LB Farmed Striped Bass.
Apart from the Jumbo Black Bass, we're looking good on the Mid-Atlantic Fish options for the weekend, with a solid amount of Wild Striped Bass, 1-2 LB Black Bass, 3-4 LB Black Bass Bleederz, Golden Tilefish, Jumbo Fluke, Bluefish, and Porgies arriving at our warehouse tonight.
Over the past few weeks we've started to bring in Black Bass Bleederz from some artisan fisherman that use traditional fishing techniques to deliver fish that are above and beyond what you'll find in the market. These beauties are all rod & reel caught fish that were landed in Point Pleasant, NJ on F/V Shear Water. They're bled-out fish and are absolutely pristine. $8.95/LB Gross Weight.
We're in good shape on Southern Fish for the weekend, with plenty of American Red Snapper, Red Grouper, Fresh Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, Catfish, Mako Shark, and Open Blue Farmed Cobia coming in tonight and available for delivery tomorrow.
Salmon prices are still high as farms in Canada and Europe are between harvest cycles and supply has tightened up significantly. We expect prices will remain strong for the next few weeks until the next generation of fish reach market size.
Our Organic King Salmon supplier was a bit ambitious and sent us too much fish this morning so we're running a special through the weekend to move out the product. $7.95/LB
We're looking good on Salmon and Trout options for the weekend, with fresh shipments of Aurora Salmon, Organic King Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Scottish Salmon, Brook Trout, Red Meat Irish Trout, and Arctic Char coming in tonight and available for delivery tomorrow.
Let's talk about Oysters... If you need oysters for the weekend, we strongly encourage you to order what you need for the weekend to be delivered tomorrow. The oysters we have coming in tonight are all we'll have for the weekend and as soon as they're gone, that's all she wrote. Plan ahead and get your oyster orders in ASAP!!
We're looking good on Fresh Crabmeat options for the weekend, with a solid amount of Fresh Maine All Leg (Peekytoe), Fresh Jonah Combo, Fresh Jonah Cocktail Claws, Fresh Blue Lump, and Fresh Blue Jumbo Lump arriving at our warehouse tonight.
Production on Blue Crabs in Indonesia has improved over the past few months and we've started receiving shipments of Pasteurized Blue Lump and Pasteurized Blue Jumbo Lump Crabmeat over the past several weeks. It's a fantastic product and a good option for anyone looking for something that's not quite as expensive as the Fresh Blue Crabmeat coming out of Louisiana.
In case you missed the newsletter we sent out last week, we're running a contest for a chance to win a trip to Panama. The Top (2) Customers to buy the most Open Blue Farmed Cobia between 2/8/16-4/30/16 will win an all expenses paid trip to Panama to visit the fish!! If you have any questions about the contest please let us know. If you'd like more info about the fish please click on this link: Open Blue Cobia.
We're getting a small shot of Fresh Spanish Dover Sole 400-600g and Fresh Spanish Turbot 400-600g for anyone looking for something special for their V-day menu. But get your orders in early because these are sure to move quickly!!
We're also getting some Live Diver Scallops and Razor Clams in tonight from Wellfleet, MA.
Also, we'll have a decent amount of California Uni and Maine Uni coming in tonight and available for delivery tomorrow.
Specialty Items that we'll have on hand for the weekend include Live Diver Scallops, Razor Clams, Maine Uni, Vana (Frozen Maine Uni Tongues), California Uni, Fresh Spanish Dover Sole, Fresh Spanish Turbot, Fresh Marinated Escargot (Snail Meat), and Tuna Bottarga.
Also looking good for the weekend are Dry Sea Scallops, Peruvian Bay Scallops, Fresh Rock Shrimp, Fresh North Carolina 16/20 Head-off Shrimp, Tuna, Swordfish, Fresh Squid, Branzino, Dorade, and Live Oysters
Here's the latest news from our seafood purchasers to get you ready for the weekend:
Lobster production remains consistent and prices are DOWN for the coming week. Although prices are relatively low for the moment, they'll start creeping up over the next few weeks as demand will continue to increase as we get closer to the holidays. In the meantime, we're looking good on all sizes of lobster with plenty of product arriving at our warehouse for the weekend.
Availability on Wild Halibut has been spotty lately as the season is coming to a close and we will NOT have any available for the weekend. Not to worry though, we have plenty of Sterling Farmed Halibut coming in and available as a substitute. If you're not familiar with Sterling Halibut, here's a brief rundown abut the product... The fish are grown in the cold, clear, deep fjords of Ryfylke in the southwestern part of Norway. The ideal environmental conditions in this area produce an excellent quality Halibut that is high in Omega 3 fatty acids and rich in vitamins and proteins. It's a versatile fish that is perfect for grilling, frying, poaching, or baking.
With the exception of Wild Halibut, we're in good shape on North Atlantic Groundfish with the following varieties arriving for the weekend... Pollock and Hake landed in Chatham, MA on F/V Constance Sea, Monkfish and Skate Wing landed in Chatham, MA on F/V Pilgrim, Day-boat Icelandic Cod, and Sterling Farmed Halibut.
We're looking good across the board on Mid-Atlantic Fish with a solid amount of Wild Striped Bass, Black Bass, Blackfish, Golden Tilefish, Jumbo Fluke, Bluefish, and Porgies coming in tonight and available for delivery this weekend.
We're also in good shape on Southern Fish with plenty of American Red Snapper, Red Grouper, Fresh Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, and Catfish coming in tonight and available for delivery tomorrow.
We also got in some beautiful Mako Shark this morning that was landed off the coast of Florida. $5.90/LB NET Weight.
We're in good shape on Salmon and Trout for the weekend with fresh shipments of Organic King Salmon, Aurora Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Scottish Salmon, Organic Fjord Steelhead, Red Meat Irish Trout, Brook Trout, and Arctic Char coming in tonight and available for delivery tomorrow.
We're also looking good on Fresh Crabmeat with a solid amount of Fresh Maine All Leg (Peekytoe), Fresh Jonah Combo, Fresh Jonah Cocktail Claws, Fresh Blue Lump, and Fresh Blue Jumbo Lump arriving at our warehouse tonight.
We received an update from our friends at Hollander & DeKoning earlier this week regarding repairs to their facility following the unfortunate fire that destroyed their operations about two weeks ago. They expect to be back online and harvesting mussels again early next week and hope to have a fresh shipment to us by next weekend. In the meantime, we'll have plenty of PEI and Chatham Blue Mussels available as substitutes for the weekend.
Just a heads up that we won't be receiving our shipment of Fresh Hamachi until late tomorrow morning after the AM trucks have left, so if you need some for tomorrow it will be going out on the afternoon truck.
We've had a heavy run on California Uni the past couple of days and product is petty limited and probably will NOT be available for weekend. Not to worry though, we have plenty of Maine Uni coming in and available as a substitute.
Also, our caviar supplier sent us a bit too much Trout Roe today so we're running a special this weekend to move out the product. $14/PC (100g/Jar). Take advantage of this great price while you can!!
Specialty Items that we'll have on hand for the weekend include Razor Clams, Live Diver Scallops, Maine Uni, Vana (frozen Maine Uni tongues), Fresh Spanish Dover Sole, Fresh Spanish Turbot, Fresh Portuguese Sardines, and Tuna Bottarga.
Also looking good for the weekend are Dry Sea Scallops, Steamer Clams, Red Mullet, Fresh Rock Shrimp, Fresh Georgia 16/20 Head-off Shrimp, Tuna, Swordfish, Fresh Squid, Branzino, Dorade, and Live Oysters (see lineup above).
2lb and larger hard shell lobsters extremely hard to come by right now. We have 1.75 pounders available for those of you looking for a larger lobster. The prices of the limited amounts of 2's and 3's we are seeing continue to climb.
Jumbo Black Sea Bass landings are few and quantities are extremely low, driving prices through the roof. There are 1-2lb fish available. A more reasonable option is Wild Striped Bass. New York boats are finally landing stripers and the price is good, these are a great value right now! Other items that are down in price are Fresh Mahi Mahi and Jumbo Fluke.
Red Snapper is very tight right now, we are only seeing a few landings per day.
With respect to Ground Fish, looks like we're in another week of limited Pollock. We are seeing fish but quantities are down compared to usual availability. Prices are way up, rendering Hake the better option.