by: Kristin Evenrud, Meat Buyer
Northeast Iowa is lovely, but it is logistically difficult to find reasonably priced shippers for quality fresh fish. Recently, I found a sustainable option for fresh fish, and it comes on a truck that already makes deliveries to the Co-op!.
I feel it is important to know where the fish my family eats has been raised and processed. There are so many varieties of fish that have been severely over-fished, and there are types of wild caught fish that can store unsafe amounts of mercury in their flesh. Fish that are farmed are often given large amounts of antibiotics and swim in mucky unsafe ponds. For the past few years, I have been concerned about the real cost of “cheap” fish including tenderness and taste. China has a mixed record on seafood safety. While the country exports more than a billion pounds of seafood a year, it also had more seafood imports rejected by the FDA than any other country in 2006. China has had more trouble with carcinogenic contaminants, like antimicrobials nitrofuran, malachite green, gentian violet and fluoroquinolones. Other countries on the watch lists are Mexico, Vietnam, Philippines and Indonesia.
Every other Friday, the Co-op will have fresh, all-natural fish that are processed in the U.S.A. I have brought in Atlantic Cod with the last few deliveries. It is a wonderfully flaky, moist and tender whitefish. Cod is great for fish tacos, baking, soups or pan frying. I am looking forward to trying Walleye and other Great Lakes fish in the next few weeks and exploring other options as the seasons change. Watch for the signs that will be posted the week before the ‘Fresh Fish Friday’ and more information in the weekly COMM POST!