A study by Oceana indicates a substantial portion of fish is mislabeled. Their suggestion: establish relationships with your fish vendor. At C’ville CSF, we support local fish farmers in southern Virginia, who come to the Farmers’ Market to meet you directly and guarantee the quality – and labeling – of our fish.
Please join us for the screening of Leviathan at the Virginia Film Festival this Sunday, November 4, at 5:00. Jack and Doug will be on the panel following the film with Steve Macko and Michael Pace from the University of Virginia, where we will discuss the film, the current fishing industry, and solutions for sustainable seafood and oceans. Please find more information here.
We are hosting a fall mini-season beginning October 27 that will run for three consecutive weeks! Please place your orders by October 22. As always, we have trout, catfish, and prawns available, and in any combination you would like! We are also making single purchases available, as well. Please click on the image above or follow the tab at top to our shares!
We would like to announce for the summer of 2012, there will be two ways to order shares of fish from Cville CSF! In addition to being at the Charlottesville City Market where we have been for the past two years, we are partnering with Bellair Farm this summer, as well! We now provide the option for Bellair members to pick up fish in conjunction with their CSA shares starting June 2. Our summer season at the City Market will begin June 30. We are very excited about the opportunity to join Bellair Farm and hope that you’ll consider having local fish and greens together!
See the links above to order according to your preferred pickup location and please let us know if you have any questions!
Our catfish was featured at the Local on April 7 and will be available again this weekend! Please look for a delicious recipe prepared by chef Matthew Hart!
Registration for our Spring 2012 season is now open! The season will begin at the opening of the Charlottesville City Market on April 7 and will last for 12 weeks (6 biweekly pickups). Please see our brochure below or our “Shares and Delivery” page for more information.
Kate Cowell of U.Va. Today has written an article on the U.Va. Food Collaborative Film Panel we joined Wednesday, February 22, 2012. We were joined by Environmental Sciences professor Steve Macko and moderator Carla Jones for a discussion on the film “The End of the Line.” We thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the students and public who joined us, who were very informed and invested in finding sustainable solutions to decreasing global fisheries. Thanks to everyone who came! You can find the article on U.Va. Today’s website here.
The organizers of Cville CSF, Jack Cochran and Doug Dickerson, will be panelists for the U.Va. Food Collaborative Film Screening of “End of the Line.” Please join us Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 7:00 for an excellent film on the state of the world’s fisheries, as well as commentary by Professors Paul Freedman and Steve Macko. In addition to Whole Foods and the Great Harvest Bread Company, the CSF will be providing samples for the event – our trout that will be prepared by the Local! Please contact us with any questions about the event.
Erika Howsare, author of the Green Scene and Green Living for Cville Weekly, has featured us in her latest post (October 17). Titled “Fish and Meat: New Takes on the CSA,” Howsare comments on Cville CSF, as well as The Rock Barn (pork shares) and the Firsthand Farmers Cooperative (a cooperative CSA). Please click on the image below to go to the article.
Cville CSF was highlighted in a segment of NBC 29 News on Saturday. Our thanks to Ed Sykes for coming by to chat with us and see our booth in action! You can find a link to the article below, with video to come soon!
Cville CSF Returns to Farmers’ Market on October 15 – Prorated Shares Available for Remainder of Season
We would like to announce that we will be returning to the Charlottesville City Market tomorrow, October 15. Shares for the fall season are still available. Please see the brochure below for our prorated prices, which account for the four share pickups still remaining in the fall season. Please feel free to order online at our Share/Delivery tab above, or come by the market tomorrow between 7:00 and 12:00 if you would like to order shares in person. Either way, we will be able to give you your first share at the market tomorrow! If you plan to order in person, please send Jack an email (jec7df(at)virginia(dot)edu) so that we can have your order reserved – or be sure to come by early tomorrow to avoid the possibility of us selling out of fish. Thanks, and we hope to see you tomorrow!
Due to a unexpected sickness, we are unable to bring up enough fish from Farmville today. Our sincere apologies to anyone who missed our email yesterday regarding this! Please check your email account for more information regarding what happened. We will return to the market on October 15 as scheduled, and everyone will receive a double share to make up for the pickup missed this week.
Thanks for your understanding, and we’ll see you next time. Please contact Jack Cochran with any questions or concerns: jec7df(at)virginia(dot)edu.
David McCandless has created an information graphic concerning which fish are safe to eat, compiling information from the Marine Conservation Society, Greenpeace, and Seafood Watch. As you’ll see, catfish, rainbow trout, and striped bass (which we will have available next year) are credited as being safe options; our variety of prawns is not shown here (not to be confused with tiger prawns!), but are raised just as carefully. If you would like more information, please follow this link to the original Guardian article, which has additional links to McCandless’s sources.
I hope this can help us all navigate the confusing and changing situation regarding sustainable fish!
Summer shares for Cville CSF are now available! As with our inaugural season, we are offering shares of channel catfish, rainbow trout, and freshwater prawns (shrimp), as well as a package that features all three kinds and one that alternates between catfish and trout. Please see our brochure below for more information. Our pickup dates are June 25, July 9 and 23, August 6 and 20, and September 3.
Please refer to our Shares and Delivery page here to order online. If you would like to order by check, please print off our order form here and bring it to the Charlottesville City Market on June 11 or 25 – or mail it to Jack Cochran, 1300 Wertland St., No. 5, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
Shareholder Ken Nagakui has shared pictures of his small pottery kiln, which he has also used to smoke rainbow trout! Ken, originally from Japan and now residing near downtown Charlottesville, has been making pottery for about ten years and teaches in Charlottesville.
He sent us this: “In regular pottery firing, the kiln can go up to 2,300 F or greater, but in trout smoking it is sufficient to fire around 160 F. I smoked the trout for about 1-1/2 hours to stay around this temperature, and at 220 F for about 15 min. at the end. The fuel woods I used were hickory, dried branches with bark. Some suggest that using bark gives better flavor, but I haven’t tried that yet. Because I fire pottery, I have temperature monitoring equipment (pyrometer) that gives good control for maintaining the necessary temperature. You may notice my hand-built bamboo racks, too.” You can find images of the kiln and smoked trout below.
He has also provided a link to the recipe he used, which can be found here. He has also mentioned that he would be happy to meet with anyone who is interested in learning how to smoke trout – or even how to build a kiln of their own!
We’d love to hear how everyone else has been preparing their fish, as well! Please contact Jack at jec7df(at)virginia.edu.
Sara Teaster has written an article about the Cville CSF for the U. Va. Food Collaborative, which can be found here. Our thanks to Sara!
We just took down our tent from the Charlottesville City Market, which is closing early due to severe weather warnings. I hope this catches anyone intending to come to the market before they leave! We will transfer all deliveries to our next date, April 30. Please email Jack (jec7df(at)virginia(dot)edu) with any questions.
The Cville CSF opened at the Charlottesville City Market on April 2! We enjoyed meeting everyone who came by to pick up their first share of fish!
We were also featured in the Daily Progress on the same day, in an article that highlighted some of the new vendors to the Farmers’ Market, which can be found online here.
Cville Weekly has featured a short article on Cville CSF in “Small Bites” (March 22, 2011). Please find the online version here and the print version below.
Shares are now available for the inaugural spring season of the Cville CSF! Please follow the link here to our brochure and registration form for details on share options and how to sign up!
Beth Duffy and CBS19 News featured a story on the CSF on February 10, 2011, as a segment for “Beth on the Bright Side.” The clip can be found at the Newsplex website here.
Ted Strong’s article on the Charlottesville CSF (January 9, 2011) has been picked up by the Associated Press, and was featured Wednesday in several newspapers: the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant (Connecticut), the Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton Roads), the Los Angeles Times, and various outlets of USA Today. Our express thanks to Mr. Strong for his excellent article!
Ted Strong has written an article featuring the Charlottesville CSF for The Daily Progress, included in this past Sunday’s edition (January 9, 2011). It features input from Professor Timothy Beatley, our teacher for the class from which the project emerged, who helps situate the CSF in the context of the local food movement. The online version of the article can be found here, posted a day earlier, and a PDF of the print version here.
The Charlottesville Community-Supported Fishery was featured in the December 9, 2010, edition of the Hook! The story, written by Dave McNair, can be found online here.