Our salmon is currently available by one of two methods: Direct Shipping to select states (if we ship to your state it is FREE), or local CSF Pick-Up Events (no shipping charges apply). For more information, please see our Locations and Pick-Up Details menus.
You’re right! The best fish is enjoyed fresh, right out of the water! But, the longer a fish is out of the water and unfrozen before making it to your plate, the lower the quality. We immediately chill our fish when it is caught, and within hours it is fileted and flash-frozen. Deep freezing and commercial vacuum-packing techniques seal in the just-caught freshness and quality. There are no adverse side-effects to freezing if care is taken in the thawing process. In fact, the extreme freezing temperature is one of the things that makes our salmon sushi-grade (for raw consumption) and superior in quality to so-called “fresh” fish that has been refrigerated for days.
In the spring, before a single fish is caught, we pay our professional processor in Alaska so that a portion of our upcoming harvest is reserved for all of you. Your purchase in the spring allows your share of the summer catch to be designated for you as it moves through a careful process to get from the net to your table.
Once you’ve chosen Direct Shipping (if available to your state) or a CSF Pick-Up Location (if available in your area), your spring purchase from our online store will be received in September. In order to offer the very best wild Alaskan sockeye at an improved price point, our community supported fishery (CSF) is modeled on efficiency. Our salmon is caught in June and July, transported in deep freeze by barge and by long-haul freight in August, and distributed in September via Direct Shipping and at annual pick-up events.
Our typical share size is twenty pounds (check your location for share sizes available in your area), and takes up less than half the space in a typical household fridge freezer. Since each piece of salmon is individually vacuum-packaged, it is easier than one might think to fit the filets into available spaces. Since that puts having Alaskan for dinner in arms reach, we don’t get any complaints regarding crowded freezers!
We have a purchasing deadline around May 25th each year, after which availability is not guaranteed. We bring the wild salmon catch to our communities in 1,000 pound containers, so generally the only time we have extra salmon available is when we are selling the remainder of a container. And word to the wise: it typically sells out quickly, so don’t miss out. 🙂
If you are interested in organizing participation in your community, we would love to hear from you! Between neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family, you might be surprised how quickly this delicious salmon will disappear.
All our purchases go through our online store, which accepts all major credit cards.