We currently get our salmon to you via 2 methods: Door-to-door shipping (currently only in Montana), and local CSF pick-up events in a few select cities listed under our Locations menu. Neither of these methods have additional fees or shipping costs – it is all included in the purchase price. If you live near one of the locations listed on our website, there are details linked to that location that will inform you of the local pick-up event(s) schedule.
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 purchased online in the spring, you’ll pick-up your salmon share(s) in September, at one of our annual pick-up events! 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 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 mid-to-late May 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.
We rarely ship individual orders. Reason? Our salmon is frozen, and overnight delivery of a 20 lb. order is often well over $100 in shipping charges alone. If you think you could gather a group of wild salmon eaters, we’d be glad to look into delivering in bulk to your group.
All our purchases go through our online store, which accepts all major credit cards.