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Northshore November 2019

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I N - D E P T H CONTACT customers and food producers closer together, says Jeremy Blaustein, general manager of the Kendall Square location. The diversity of fish offered by Cape Ann Fresh Catch supports that goal, he points out, by reinforcing for customers the connection between their food and natural cycles. "It's good for all of us and customers to be reminded of the reality of working this way," Blaustein contends. "I find it very grounding for people to see that." For the first few years, the Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association ran the program as part of its operation; six years ago, Cape Ann Fresh Catch spun off as its own organization. In the 10 years since its founding, Cape Ann Fresh Catch has grown into one of the largest community-supported fishing operations in the country. Today hundreds of people subscribe at any given time and the program has a database of 3,500 customers. The support of everyday consumers is essential if the program is to have a long- reaching impact, Dorry says. Subscribers become educated about and engaged with the issues facing the fishing industry, she says, and eager to advocate for improvements. "This model can build a power base to change the system," she says. And change is needed if Gloucester's fish- ing industry is to survive, Dorry says. The city's processing facilities are all set up to handle just a few species of fish: mostly cod and haddock. To reap the benefits of a more diverse catch, Gloucester needs to update its infrastructure, she says. Marshall, for her part, is determined to do what she can to preserve the fishing tradition in Gloucester. "It's such a part of the culture here," she says. "I hope there's always fishing here." "e fishing industry in Gloucester has been challenging for the fishermen for many years now. ey are underpaid and overworked and it's still a dangerous job with lots of rules and regulations." — Donna Marshall, executive director of Cape Ann Fresh Catch 156 S. Main Street, Middleton, MA | 978.774.5450 Richardson's Farm is where happy cows make our milk and we craft our high-quality ice cream. Visit the farm and see for yourself. w w w. r i c h a r d s o n s i c e c r e a m . c o m 166 North Main Street, Andover, MA 01810 978-749-9464 | | Best of the North Shore 2007 · 2008 · 2012 · 2014 · 2015 · 2016 · 2017 · 2018 · 2019 This me of year, delicious meals and gatherings are on everyone's mind. Make your event special with the best in organic and natural wines from small, dedicated vineyards. Our food and wine exper se, combined with our trademark a en on to service and budget, is what makes us stand out. Join one of our exclusive wine clubs or stop by for a free tas ng every Thursday night. Sarah Jordan Photography

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