Word came that Northern shrimp was available, but that this year’s catch was limited due to a considerably shortened season. We immediately reserved a bucket and set off as the light was fading, straight into a coming snowstorm.
With a winter storm alert posted, we normally wouldn’t be traveling in such bad weather. The thing of it was, being out gave us a different view of the landscape, including this one from the bridge as we headed south.
The snow began accumulating quickly, a thick layer of it obscuring the road. We questioned the wisdom of venturing out on a night like this, but were too far along to turn back. Cautiously picking our way down the coast, we were relieved to see the lights of Rye Harbor finally appear in the distance.
By the time we arrived at the dock, the catch was already being unloaded, the storm lending a frenzied air to the activity around us.
We tried to stay out of the way and avoid falling off the dock while Captain Mike filled our bucket. With shrimp in hand, we headed back into the night, the latest news leaving us wondering if the fishermen will be back again next year.
The F/V Rimrack has Northern shrimp available at the dock on Mondays and Wednesdays, weather permitting, for as long as the season holds out. Sold by the 5 gallon bucket (about 28 pounds), reservations taken ahead of time.
Recipes from the archives:
~ A trio of Salads: Potato, Shrimp, and Spring Lettuces
~ Northern Shrimp with Bok Choy
~ Farfalle with Northern Shrimp and Pistachio Pesto
~ Northern Shrimp with Tomatoes and Yellow Eye Beans