Fresh Tomales Bay oysters that I got at my local library, of all places, thanks to Real Good Fish.
Just-caught fish, delivered conveniently to pick-up locations in your Bay Area neighborhood each week, with reasonable prices and no long-list of middlemen to tack on more costs.
That’s what Moss Landing’s Real Good Fish is all about.
Established in 2012 by founder Alan Lovewell, who studied international environmental policy, it was one of the first community supported fisheries in Northern California. It operates in much the same way as a CSA. But instead of buying a “share” in a farm that provides you with a box of produce each week, you buy a “share” in the group of local fishermen that Real Good Fish partners with.
Not only are you getting impeccably fresh, local, sustainable, seasonal fish, but helping to support fishermen and their families in your community.
I shucked some to enjoy on the half shell with mignonette sauce.
I was invited to try some sample deliveries, receiving a weekly full share (1 to 2 pounds of seafood), which is normally $22 per week.
California King salmon delivered right to my door from Siren Fish Company that I cooked with mustard and brown sugar.
So many of us want to eat more fresh seafood.
But finding the freshest, local, sustainable seafood is can be a cumbersome task.
Siren Fish Company makes it easy to do so, though.
The community supported fishery works directly with California and Oregon fishermen so that their fresh catch arrives to you 24 to 48 hours out of the water each week.
Siren has pick-up locations throughout the Bay Area, often at retailers, where you just show up to take possession of your order on the day it is delivered. It also offers home delivery on pre-selected days of the week for an additional modest $3 charge.
You can choose to order a share for two or four (corresponding to how many people it will serve); as well as choose between ordering fillets, whole fish, or “variety” (which can include fillets or shellfish, whole little fish, crustaceans or even sea urchins).
Siren invited me to try a couple deliveries for free to test out their seafood by receiving a share for two (averaging about $23 each week).
Because there is no pick-up site in my area, I had to go with home delivery, which in my case, was scheduled for Wednesdays by 7 a.m.