How to Store Your Fish

*Not the fish you will be receiving.

Fish CSA subscribers:

You can pick up your fish share between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. After that, you forfeit your share. So please get to the Farm early. (Best selection of produce, too!)

You will receive a cold pack at your first pick-up. Please bring it back with you to each pick-up to keep your fish cold on its trip to your home. Here’s what you need to know about storing your fish, from Bianca and Mark at Mermaid’s Garden:

For fish fillets: Place your fish in a bag that you can seal closed (like a ziplock.) In a deep-ish bowl, make a slurry that is mostly ice and a little water. Submerge your fish in the slurry. Alternately, place your wrapped fish over ice. If you need to freeze your fish, make sure it is well wrapped in plastic first and foil second.

For whole fish: You can place your whole fish in an ice slurry or over ice as above. It does not need to be wrapped as its skin will protect the fish. Do not freeze a whole fish, fillet it first.

For shellfish: Place a colander over a bowl and fill about halfway with ice. Place your shellfish on top of the ice. Any melt will drip into the bowl below. NEVER submerge your shellfish in water other than to clean it quickly (we like a good scrub with a small brush- a nail brush works pretty well.)

A CSA for Fish Coming to Red Hook!

Update 5/18: Mermaid’s Garden will be offering a fish share to Red Hook CSA members and anyone else interested.

The cost is $99 for a 6-week 1/2 share or $198 for a 6-week full share. 

To sign up or get more details, visit their site.
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Mermaid’s Garden is trying to bring a CSF — community supported fishery — to Brooklyn. What is a CSF? Think a CSA, but with weekly fish shares. Essentially, each week you’d pick up fish (whole…fillets…clams…oysters…shrimps…it’s all tbd) that was caught in local waters (Long Island Sound, not East River).

Details, such as pricing, are still being worked out. But first Mermaid’s Garden is trying to to gauge interest.

Nona Brooklyn (great local food site) has the details and an interview with Mermaid’s Garden about the CSF.

Think you might want to try it? Take the survey here.