The Season for Maine Shrimp is Extended
Tiny, sweet Maine shrimp have a short season, a mere six weeks in winter. But the current harvest is so robust, the state Department of Marine Resources has extended it to May 1.
That’s good news for connoisseurs of this treat, especially since a fleet of Maine fishermen, the Port Clyde Fresh Catch, has organized a Community Supported Fisheries program, similar to those in which consumers receive regular deliveries of fresh produce directly from farmers. Program members will receive frozen hand-peeled shrimp in five one-pound bags once a month for five months. Fresh or thawed, the shrimp take less than a minute to cook in boiling, well-salted water.
Subscriptions to Community Supported Fisheries are $180 from (207) 975-2191 or on the Web at PortClydeFreshCatch.com. Deliveries can be picked up at Marlow & Daughters, 95 Broadway (Berry Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Feb. 14, March 14, April 11 and May 2 and 30.
Without a subscription, the shrimp can be bought fresh and in the shell for about $9 a pound at Wild Edibles at Grand Central Market, and frozen and in the shell for $6 a pound at Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt Street (Visitation Street), Red Hook, Brooklyn, which in the winter is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
My very own shrimp connoisseur!