The concept of opening a seafood market has been in the back of my mind for many years now. Only in the last year have all the pieces finally fallen together to make FARM FRESH SEAFOOD a reality. As are most things in life, timing is everything, and we think this is the right time for a seafood market in Okemos.
Our goal is to bring you the best quality seafood available.
We all know our world is changing. This applies to our oceans, lakes and rivers as well. With populations growing at the rate they are, estimates predict that by 2050 we will have to grow more food annually than the sum total of all the food grown by man to date! That is a big task. The biggest changes are coming from a rapidly growing Asia. With the rise in their economic power, much of Asia’s population is demanding more and more protein. One example: in 2012 China became a net seafood importer instead of being the world’s largest exporter. This has put a huge demand on the rest of the world’s seafood supply.
It is well known that the world’s ocean fisheries are at maximum yield or are being overfished. It is not going to be possible to get meaningful increased catch from the oceans to feed the world’s increasing demand for seafood. In fact, just last year (2013), aquaculture supplied more than 50% of the world’s supply of seafood for the first time!
For the last 25 years or so there has been a concerted effort in the environmental community to discredit aquaculture, mostly in the shrimp and salmon industries. It is significant to me that, for the first time I know of, a major international magazine has done a piece on aquaculture that is very well done and is supportive of the aquaculture industry. National Geographic is doing a series on food and this month’s subject is aquaculture. I’m not saying that there haven’t been problems with some facets of the industry, but much has changed in the last 25 years. There are many, many well-run, environmentally friendly farms and industries around the world today.
Leading the way in doing it right are farms here in the USA.
Here at Farm Fresh Seafood, we aim to educate our customers about good farm raised seafood, mainly from the USA, but from other well-managed operations around the world. I have worked in the industry now for almost 40 years and personally know and have visited many of these farms. They are producing some really great product that is good for you. We want you to try it out.
We are slowly growing our market variety and inventory. We will focus first off on fresh fish we can get here in Michigan. I have, for years now, been carrying fresh and smoked whitefish from Jill Bentgen’s Mackinac Straits Fish Company in St. Ignace. We’re expanding on that to carry all her products, including lake trout, salmon, walleye, and yellow perch. I’ve also made contact with the Indian Brook Trout Farm in Jackson, MI, whose fresh rainbow trout has been quite a “hit” in the market. As traffic increases, we will bring in more fresh product from other farms across the USA.
In the coming weeks we hope to have a monthly special (eventually weekly), featuring a US farm raised product. It could be yellow perch from Indiana, it could be redfish from Texas, it could be hybrid striped bass from Florida, it could be oysters from Maryland, it could be clams from South Carolina, or it could be crayfish from Louisiana. There’s lots of good seafood being grown out there.
We will make the monthly special offerings available to you a week or two ahead of time, you then place your orders, we place a consolidated order, and we fly in just what we need directly to the market. Can’t get any fresher than that!
As the weeks go on, I’ll try to address many of the issues affecting our industry, both here in Michigan, across the United States, and around the world.
Thanks for tuning in. As always, we welcome your requests and ideas.
We look forward to seeing you in the market!