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CSFs: East Coast vs. West Coast

Posted by Devra First  March 25, 2009 10:36 AM

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On the East Coast, "CSF" means community-supported fisheries. These work like CSAs, but for seafood rather than produce. You buy a share from the fishermen; they provide a few pounds each week of whatever they catch. I wrote about CSFs last week, as it looks as though one will get off the ground in Gloucester this summer; I'm really excited about the prospect of getting the freshest local fish and supporting the Cape Ann fishing community. Here's a link to the story.

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New England-style: Local fishermen like Dustin Ketchopulos may participate in a shrimp CSF. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

Meanwhile, on the Left Coast, it seems "CSF" means community-supported forage. Also last week, SF Weekly ran a story about Iso Rabins, an urban forager who is starting his version of a CSF. A biweekly box of stinging nettles and wild radish, anyone? (Actually, there's a lot more to it: "not just salad, but mushrooms, seafood, and fruit, as well as 'wild-crafted' or processed goods such as acorn flour," according to the story.)

Health inspectors: not totally psyched. Chefs: very totally psyched.

It's a cool story, and it points out how complicated it is to forage for food in the modern world.

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San Francisco-style: Rabins forages greens in the Presidio. (Jake Poehls/SF Weekly)

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