One of the goals on Lowcountry Local First’s Eat Local Challenge is “buy a share in a community supported fishery or a beef share.” This is an easy one. I’ve subscribed to Abundant Seafood’s CSF, the only one I’m aware of in the area, for several seasons. I let my membership lapse in the fall and winter because my kitchen was being renovated, so I was very happy to re-up this Spring.
On Friday afternoon, I took my father, who was interested in signing up for a share, out to the Geechie Dock on Shem Creek to pick up some fresh fish. Mark Marhefka had recently returned from sea on the Amy Marie with a haul of triggerfish. The shares are $105 for 15 pounds or $210 for 30. At pickup, you can get as much as you want. We picked up six pounds, which worked out to about two fish each, and he filleted them right on the spot.
I cooked mine up on Saturday night, and they were incredible. First off, they smelled fresh and clean, not a whiff of fishiness. I cooked them simply, dusting them lightly in flour seasoned with salt and pepper, searing them in a hot cast iron pan, and basting them in melted butter until cooked just through.
I served it with a ridiculous amount of local veggies. My CSA share of vegetables from Ambrose farm had sat uneaten in the fridge for a few days, and we were going to be out at the beach for spring break, so I figured I needed to cook up everything so it wouldn’t go bad. I also had a bag of Carolina Gold Rice leftover from the Dirt feast we had prepared a while back.
We feasted on triggerfish, Carolina Gold Rice pilaf, roasted asparagus, wilted greens (kale, spinach, and beet tops) with a caramelized sweet onion, and roasted beets and cauliflower. Eating local doesn’t get much better than that.