I've mentioned before that I've been working with Locals Seafood for the last few months, but do you know what Locals Seafood is? Do you know why I love them? Probs not. Let's go.
(Drum roll!). Locals Seafood is a Raleigh-based seafood company that buys fresh seafood directly from the North Carolina coast and then processes and distributes it all over the Triangle area. Surprisingly, they're one of the only companies in North Carolina helping consumers get direct access to fresh seafood. Weird/confusing/delicious.
I've been working with Locals on several projects, but I'm most excited about the recipes I've been developing for them, using some of their lesser known breeds and cuts of fish. I've been pleasantly surprised by how simple and fast it is to cook seafood well in your own home.
I've written before about my concerns about meat and how I try to balance cost and the larger impact of my eating habits, but I had never really thought much about adding seafood to the mix. I always thought that seafood was too expensive to make a part of my regular eating habits, UNTIL I got to know the folks at Locals. Sure, some of the fish is expensive, but because they're a small business that depends entirely on the seasons and what fishermen bring in each week, they sell fish at a wide variety of price points. As a result it is accessible AF. Plus, you know how I feel about a small, local business. (Good. I feel very good about it.)
Another part of my work with Locals was a 4 day road-trip I took in early July, driving North to South down the Outer Banks, talking to some of the fishermen (and ladies) who work with Locals. I learned a ton about the fishing industry in North Carolina, as well as about what it means to be a fisherman and about our coastal communities. Over the next few months, Locals will be rolling out the profiles that I wrote of each fisherman I met and I'll share those here as well - you can read the first of profile here, about an oysterman who fed me tons of oysters. What could be better?
I didn't know how little I knew about coastal communities until I got out there and met all these fascinating, passionate people. They were incredibly welcoming to me and made time to talk even in the middle of their busy summer season.
You can purchase Locals Seafood at the Raleigh State Farmer's Market, the Western Wake Farmer's Market and at the Chapel Hill Farmer's market. Their products are also sold in both locations of Weaver Street Market and the Chapel Hill Whole Foods. Sign up for their weekly newsletter here to get availability updates - preorder is available every week if you know exactly what you want. You can also follow along on social media - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.