crabs

Hi Folks-

So last week I whined a little that I had volunteered to work in the deli last Sunday, the first time in over five years. I have to say that I performed my duties conscientiously if not perfectly. It was blessedly slow, business-wise, so that was good for me as a deli worker, if not as an owner. Sharon had fun with Chelsea and all was well. A few friends threatened to call in orders of ten or fifteen sandwiches and I just sort of shook my head ruefully, expecting just such behavior from my friends.

Fish tomorrow is very exciting. Soft Shell Crabs have shown up finally and many of you have pre-ordered for Friday. There will still be some up for grabs tomorrow and you should be able to order more for next Tuesday. We also have almost sushi grade tuna coming in at a good price and we also have bluefish for the first time in months.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Grade 2+ Tuna
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • Bluefish
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid oysters
  • Soft Shell Crabs

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Soft Shells Friday! Finally!

Hi Folks-

So a big thank you to my husband for covering that deli shift. You Rock! Chelsea hit it out of the park with Mother’s Day. We like to take a trip together every year, sometimes it’s Mother’s Day, sometimes her birthday, sometimes mine, sometimes just because.

We went to Essex NY, which is a ten minute ferry ride from Charlotte, she rented a beautiful house on the water (go airbnb) and we just hung out, ate great food, talked, drank wine and played epic games of backgammon, which we used to do back in the day. Very fun and relaxing. So fun to get away to someplace really different that is less than three hours away! Highly recommend.

It has been so nice to feel the uptick in business at the store, the weather makes all the difference. We have a new artist coming in for the June artwalk, a photographer, who I am very excited about. More on that later. We have duck eggs!! In one of those lovely synergistic VT moments the new delivery person for Magic Spoon Bakery also sells duck eggs, so now we do to. If you haven’t cooked with them much, they are fun. Envied by bakers, so definitely try them there, they are slightly richer then chicken eggs and much bigger, so less needed for the quiche or family breakfast or use them as straight up replacements, 2 eggs will fill a frying pan!

Friday we will have soft shells!!! Finally!! We will be getting 18, if you know you want some please call ahead and let us know so we can order enough!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Halibut

  • Swordfish

  • Fresh market Cod from Iceland

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Grey sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

BBQ braised Beef sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Be Brave

Hi Folks-

As I’m sure you are aware, it is Mother’s Day this Sunday, and even though it’s a holiday created by Hallmark, it’s a day, correctly, that we honor mothers. A day of appreciation for the art of motherhood, and it is an art as much as it’s a labor or a responsibility. Mothers Rock!

And as it happens, this year, that Chelsea’s plan was to take Sharon, a most extraordinary mother, on a short trip to parts unknown for this weekend. Just for fun and a little adventure, she planned to get her mom out of town for a few days. The problem, was that Sharon was scheduled to work in the Deli on Sunday, a full shift, and none of our staff members was able to fill in for her.

We were sitting in Three Penny Wednesday afternoon, with Sharon bemoaning her bum luck and expressing her disappointment, when it occurred to me that I might be able to help out. Literally, I haven’t worked in the Deli for over five years; the last time I worked making sandwiches was long before the invention of the Tom Robbins or the Red Hot Rooster. It occurred to me that I should volunteer to fill in for Sharon and work in the Deli. It was only for a day, but I didn’t think I even remembered how to wrap a sandwich, much less making New Yorker.

Sitting there with Sharon, who truly deserved the break, I was full of the uncomfortable fear of coming off looking like an ass, or worse, a bumbling idiot. The thought of working in the Deli scared the beJesus out of me. And then I thought, “Peter, be brave, take a chance on looking like a dummy. It won’t kill you.” So I volunteered for the job, working from 10 to 3 in the deli. I can’t say I’m looking forward to it but I’m doing it, which is all that matters, I think.

The fish arriving tomorrow is our standard favorites. Plenty of Sea Scallops, Shrimp and Halibut. Our meat case is filled with Ribeyes and lovely thick pork chops and Misty Knoll chicken. Everything you need to make a great Mothers Day Feast.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Lemon Sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Grilling Fish

Hi Folks-

So Peter garnered quite a few interesting responses to the antiques shopping idea. Enough so that I am going to put together a list so when you all have a yen to do a little antiquing you’ll know just where to go and hopefully hear of a few new places!

Please note that even the weather feels like Spring at this point and that there is a new selection of Rosé wines collected for you in the center of the store. A nice variety at a nice variety of prices, also a couple of each tucked in the cooler, if this is a shorter term plan!

So if my grill were out I would be grilling, as it is I can’t remember whether we need a new one or not this year… Was it last year it was shooting flames out the back or was that the year before…

Great fish for grill tomorrow:

  • Remember, fresh oysters are fabulous on the grill, reasonably hot grill covered for a few minutes until they open, hit them with the hot sauce and slurp em down.

  • Grilled Swordfish is immeasurably improved by a light layer of garlic mayo on each side before grilling, leaves a flavorful little brown crunch on the outside.

  • When grilling salmon, first lay it skin side down on a piece of brown paper bag, cut out the exact out of the fish. Grill paper bag side down until done, 4 to 8 minutes depending on thickness of the fillet. The whole thing comes up when down, no fish sticking to the grill and the skin sticking to the bag, win all the way around!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • 2+ Tuna

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Bluepoint Oysters

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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of course I want to go antiquing

Hi Folks-

So I don’t mean to complain, exactly, when we’ve all just experienced the winter that never ends, but I do have a problem that I need to talk about. Sharon and I are blanking sick of it, the lousy weather, and we need to break out of this poor excuse for a Springtime. Sharon has informed me, and rightfully so, that we need to do something this weekend, something fun regardless of the weather conditions. Something that will make her happy, thereby making me happy as well. And she suggested that on Saturday we go to at least one antique store, and that we go out for lunch at a good restaurant.

This is a fine and fun pursuit I’m sure, and I mean to make it happen. The problem is I don’t know of any antique stores and wouldn’t know a good one from some hole in the wall. So I have to ask, do any of you know of a good antique store within an hour’s driving distance? Please, hook me up with a good antique store and I can make this good for Sharon. If you have any ideas just reply to this email and give me the scoop. I thank you in advance.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • grey sole
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Wellfleet oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Quick healthy recipes

Hi Folks-

Once again somebody complimented me today on what an amazing staff we have, how nice they are and you know, I couldn’t agree more! Thanks all of you!

2 quick parts of dinner tonight that were healthy and delicious. Blanched broccoli (4 minutes, drain) sauteed in olive oil with a minced clove of garlic, a ¼ tsp red pepper flakes, 3 anchovy fillets minced and then smooshed and a shot of soy sauce. Very flavorful!

Mock mashed potatoes; Steamed cauliflower head (the whole thing, chopped up) in a food processor with salt, pepper and 4 oz neufchatel (low fat cream cheese, frankly I can hardly tell the difference) and a little garlic powder. I could eat that every day.

Still no soft shells, sorry :-(. But Dover sole tomorrow vs gray or lemon so that’s fun.

Come eat on the porch, it gets direct sunlight at lunch. On a day like today, when it was sunny but not that warm, it was surprisingly nice out there.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Dover sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Pemaquid oysters, ME

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Pulled pork sandwich, come early, it sells out!

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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Buy Fresh Pasta

Hi Folks-

I’m on the run because I’m having dinner at Kismet with Alec tonight, something we try to do every few months whether we’re hungry or not. Business has been picking up the last week or so after a long slow winter, and by all means come in when you can. We appreciate seeing you.

I have two product lines I want to mention. First, we’ve just started carrying Per’s Smoked Fish, along with his seafood based dips and these are terrific. He’s based in either Hardwick or Greensboro Vermont, I can’t remember which, and his smoked salmon is vastly superior to what you commonly find in stores.

I also want to make a plug for Vermont Fresh Pasta, which we’ve sold for some time. Frankly, it doesn’t seem to sell well in our store, it’s like people never notice it, but the ravioli and the other pastas they make are excellent. Their pesto, too, is incomparable. Find it in the door to the right of the prepared food section, and give it a try.

Still no sign of soft shelled crabs, but I keep checking.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Gray Sole
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

I feel good

Hi Folks-

So I’m a pretty happy guy, save for the Red Sox’ performance so far this season. Sharon did a big shopping at Hannaford’s today and I love that feeling of being completely stocked up with groceries, including a ham for Easter. Spring is here, sort of, and I like that. Sharon and I are doing the Vegan Before Six diet and I feel better for that. Sophia is in Manhattan for her school vacation, and having a great time, so that makes me happy. I’m all in all pretty content, and apparently want you all to know it.

Excellent fish coming in tomorrow.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • East coast halibut
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Haddock
  • Grey Sole
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp, fresh
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Killer Spaghetti Sauce and what’s cooking this week

Hi Folks-

So the Vegan Before 6 diet is proceeding apace. It’s actually not too bad, I find that I forget I can have animal products at night. I do usually remember but have several times just decided to work with what ever veggies I have and throw in a little cheese. It is hard to have left overs that you can’t have for lunch so that’s tricky. Also, some days, like today, you get busy, I didn’t have breakfast or lunch and now at four I really don’t want to snack on vegetables.

Oh well I’ll figure it out. I did make a fabulous spaghetti sauce this weekend, starting with carrots, celery, onion, garlic, red bell peppers and mushrooms sauteed in olive oil, added a little oregano and salt and pepper. Meanwhile, I had a bunch of cherry tomatoes and a couple of large ones getting wonky so I roasted them for about a half hour and added them along with a can of diced tomatoes. Let everything simmer for an hour, stirred in a half cup of freshly chopped basil, served over whole wheat pasta and was very happy. (It was after six so I did add a little Parmesan :-).

Still no soft shells, they are saying around Mother’s Day. We will keep trying to get them until we do.

I’ve had a request for a rolled stuffed pork loin that I usually make just at Christmas but I’m happy to for Easter as well, anytime really with some notice. Basically the pork loin is butterflied and stuffed with a mixture of dried apricots, Gruyere and pine nuts and then rolled back together and tied. If you’d like one, let me know by Wednesday for Saturday and I’ll make you one, $11.99 a pound.

Halibut again tomorrow yay! And I think that will be my non vegan treat this week!!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Halibut

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Pemaquid Oysters

Day of the Week

Lunch Special

Soup Special

Dinner Special

Monday

Hot spice rubbed Salmon sandwich on a soft roll.

Clam Chowder

Italian meatloaf

Tuesday

meatball sub

Broccoli Cheddar Ale

Shrimp Scampi

Wednesday

Grilled Ahi tuna steak sandwich

Lobster Bisque

Salmon Cakes with Caper mayo

Thursday

Bahn Mi, Vietnamese chicken sandwich

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

Shrimp Quesadilla

Friday

Braised BBQ Beef with apple and Onion slaw

Fish Chowder

Chef’s choice!

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The Store Worth Walking To

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

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