Cape Cod Fish Share aims to provide fresh seafood, support fisheries
BOSTON -- September 6, 2012 -- The Copley Square Farmers Market was bustling last week as shoppers picked through locally grown fruits and vegetables and admired breads and sweets baked not too far from home.
But what caught the eye of many market-goers was the market's latest addition: fish and seafood freshly caught from the waters off Cape Cod and brought directly to Boston customers.
"The fishermen love having the fish stay local. They really do. It's important to them," said Dave Henchy, co-founder of Cape Cod Fish Share, as he sat near a large blue cooler filled with fish and scallops.
The fish share, which joined the the Copley Square Farmers Market as part of the city's pilot program to bring local, day-boat fish to farmers markets across the city, is modeled after community supported agriculture and offers an array of sustainably caught fish.
Through the program, members pre-pay six weeks at a time to receive weekly servings of line-caught fish purchased directly from the fishermen who caught it. Each week, share members pick up their filleted and packaged fish from one of the share's pick-up locations.
They also learn about that week's species, what boat caught their fish, where their fish was caught, and receive recipes.
The business started last October with 56 customers and has since grown to more than 600 customers as the program adds more and more locations on Cape Cod, western Massachusetts, and the Boston area.
Read the full story at the Boston Globe.