Looking for an affordable, local option for seafood from a small-scale farm? You've found it.
By being raised in a small and naturally-powered setting, the carbon footprint to produce each fish is notably lower than others in the aquaculture industry. The Preserve has positioned itself to not only offer some of the best farmed rainbow trout available on the market today, but is also a substantial part of a local economy that we’re proud to support, being only a few hours drive from New York City.Our brook trout come from the Limestone Springs Preserve -- a local, high-quality trout farm in Lebenon County Pennsylvania. The trout are raised in long concrete troughs, or “runs,” with pristine spring water that flows through them from the Preserve’s adjacent 19th century limestone quarry. This system is gravity-powered, with minimal electricity required to keep the freshwater flowing for the growing trout. Used water flows out of the runs and into a manmade settling basin where waste and sediment settle. The water is then cleaned and filtered slowly and carefully, then continuing down the Tulpehocken Creek. This flow-through system allows for a natural, clean habitat, and is very different than the general water recycling system primarily used in fish farming. The trout at Limestone Springs Preserve are fed a high-grade, sustainable feed, and mature for 20 months, or until they reach about 12 inches in length. The runs are then thoroughly cleaned and power-washed, and then the process begins again with small trout that have been hatched and raised from fry on the same property.
In addition to the raceways where the trout are raised, the Limestone Springs Preserve also offers a pay-to-fish pond, where at any time of year, anyone can catch as many rainbow trout as they want without needing to have a Pennsylvania fishing license. Whatever you catch you must keep -- fish that are caught are purchased by the pound. This unique opportunity gives anyone the chance to easily catch and taste these delicious fish.
Want to try some at home? Available by the fillet, whole, or butterfly-cut, any of these are easily made into a flavorful, healthy meal. Trout pair well with garlic or citrus, and are very affordable. Be sure to check out this product on our store by clicking here.
While Atlantic swordfish can be caught domestically as far as off the coast of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico, we source most of our swordfish from the mid-Atlantic here on the East Coast. In the late 1990’s, fishery management policies were put in place to rebuild depleted swordfish populations. For a number of years now, the local east coast population has been reliably increasing and in 2013, was declared to be over target levels by 14%. Atlantic swordfish have been an incredible fishery management success story over the last 20 years.
As their name implies, swordfish have a long, flattened bill that looks like a sword, which is used mainly to stun and injure prey in the water while swimming at speeds of up to 50mph. Commercial fishermen set a long line of hooks (about 40 miles) overnight with glowsticks attached, which attract small fish and squid, and in turn, swordfish. The commercial longline fishery has minimal environmental impact, since the line rests only in the water column. It also uses advanced technology like sonar and GPS, as well as specifically developed gear to avoid contact with animals like turtles and dolphins.
Swordfish is just one of those fish that really has no equal. With a dense, steak-like texture that is moist and hearty with a mild savory flavor and a high fat content, it’s nearly impossible to find someone who wouldn’t enjoy eating it. Its dense, steak-like texture is fatty and delicious, perfect for the grill. Try some out this weekend! It's available by the pound here on our website, shipped overnight to you fresh, never frozen.
Of the hundreds of different species of crawfish worldwide, over 300 kinds can be found in North America, primarily in the southeastern United States. What looks like a small lobster in a variety of sizes and colors, crawfish are a delicious food source, and are a staple in southern and Cajun cuisine.
Though there are multiple species of crawfish intended for human consumption, the Red Swamp Crawfish is the most popular. As a species that was once introduced outside of its native habitat for the intention of sport fishing bait, the red swamp crawfish is now considered an invasive species in many areas outside it's original southern grounds. As their name suggests, these crawfish prefer a swamp habitat in freshwater, void of any strong currents, allowing them to burrow for food, shelter, and moisture.
Crawfish are traditionally prepared for a crawfish boil, where they are combined with potatoes, sausage, and corn on the cob, all seasoned heavily with salt, Cayenne pepper, lemon, garlic, and bay leaves. They are boiled and eaten on a large picnic table with friends and family joining in for the feast. Most red swamp crawfish are between 2 and 5 inches in length, with a vibrant, dark red shell, which turns an even brighter red when cooked. Sometimes crawfish are also referred to as Louisiana crayfish, paying tribute to their southern roots, but also playfully called mud bugs. Now coming into their most abundant season, eat as many as you can since there are more than enough to go around! As you can see, we've cooked up a few here at Pierless to try, ready and waiting with drawn butter and our sleeves rolled up.