Sharon and Peter’s Great Aquatic Adventure

Hi Folks-

Well I saw a heron today, standing right beneath our porch on the shore of the river. He was there for half an hour or so and it was cool to see her. It reminded me of the time Sharon and I were camping on the Gulf Island National Seashore, in Pensacola Florida. It was the first phase of a trip we took across the country, driving one of our standard old Volvo 240s, having the time of our lives. We stayed there for ten days and in the mornings, early like 6am, we would go sit on the beach with some coffee and maybe a roll or something for breakfast, and watch the daily maneuvers of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s fighter plane demonstration team. They were incredible, flying in impossibly close formation, doing what seemed to be death defying feats of flight. I’ll never forget that.

And at least as memorable, we used to sit on the same beach at dusk, this time with some wine and maybe some form of appetizer in hand, we ate very well on this trip, and we watched this rich variety of wildlife that abounded everywhere. There were dive bombing pelicans aplenty, and plovers and sand pipers, many blue herons, standing with their austere elegance, and many other aquatic birds. There was one type that would be flying along and then stop suddenly and drop butt first onto its prey. We also saw dolphins swimming on the surface and that was a thrill. One time I was able to get really close, maybe about fifteen feet away from a large male blue heron and was able to get a good photo, and it was that that reminded me of our trip to Pensacola this morning when I saw the heron.

We have several great new lines of chocolate bars in the store and that’s been cool, and we have a new shipment of sauces and confections from Butterfly Bakery.

We also have Alaskan King Salmon, Grade 2+ Yellowfin Tuna, Halibut, large dry Scallops and wild Gulf shrimp from the other side of the gulf from Pensacola. Lots more also, of course. It should be a great weekend for grilling so don’t give it up eating just okay food. Grill some fish, and we hope to see you at the Market.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

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

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Sunny for a week and my dad

Hi Folks-

Sunny for a week, that’s what my dad told me today, here’s hoping he’s right! Sometimes we sit around as a family and marvel at how weather based our business is :-).

My dad is super cool. He works at the Market three days a week and physically does things I couldn’t possibly do. We often refer to him as someone who should be paid to go to parties; he is genuinely interested in everybody, he can speak intelligently on a bewildering array of topics, he has a great sense of humor, he likes great wine and he’s a good cook. Seriously. Also he is a man of conviction, social justice wasn’t a phrase I was familiar with but I completely grew up with the ethic. He still works consistently (a little less often, thank heavens) for people who don’t have what he has, for climate change, for basic needs, for the greater good. Thanks Pop.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Lemon 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

Pulled BBQ 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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The Incredible Concert

Hi Folks-

I told you last week that I was going to Saratoga Performing Arts Center to hear Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and Allison Krauss and I did go, with Katy and Sophia, and I’ve never felt so grateful for attending any event, whether it be music or even sports related. All three performers were so much themselves, and played the right amount of their old familiar favorites, as well as each covering songs by other artists and each playing their own more recently recorded songs. One of the highlights was Allison joining Bonnie to sing Angel from Montgomery, written by John Prine, a great favorite of mine. To hear them harmonize together had me in a state of wonder, and had tears flowing down the faces of both Katy and Sophia, very good singers themselves.

And of course there was Willie, the last to go on, and certainly the star of the show. He played the songs we know as Willie’s best and he paid homage to his old buddies Waylon and Merle, and to Hank Williams. He played his entire set with the same voice we all love and played his old guitar with passion and strength. He was awesome.

We have great fish coming in tomorrow, with another appearance of King Salmon, and Lemon Sole, Haddock, Dry Scallops, Halibut, Swordfish and Pemaquid oysters. We got a fresh shipment of Carrier coffee in yesterday, and I brought some of their instant coffee home because I am well and truly hooked on it. Oh well. It’s expensive, but I get a discount so Sharon better not say anything.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • East Coast Halibut
  • Wild Alaskan King Salmon
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Lemon Sole
  • Rainbow trout
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Bluepoint oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

A simple white fish recipe

Hi Folks-

Happy Monday! We always have this weird little slow down when school starts until the tourists get here in earnest. Breakfast holds its own but lunch and dinner sales meander a little. So maybe start this school year with some fish!

Here’s a crowd pleasing white fish recipe, use cod or haddock, that the fussiest will like and brain food to boot!

A very simple very delicious white fish recipe.

1/3 to ½ pound cod or haddock per person

2 TB butter per person, divided

1 to two sleeves of ritz crackers

2-3 tsp dry mustard

Juice of one lemon

Lightly butter a baking dish with some of the butter. Preheat oven to 350. Layer the cod or haddock in pan making it as even a thickness as possible. Using your hands squeeze the ritz crackers in the package until they are crumbs, coast the fish with an even layer of crumbs. Melt whatever butter you have left, mix with lemon juice and dry mustard (more or less to taste). Drizzle this mixture over the crumbs. Place in oven and cook until it barely flakes, 15 to 20 minutes depending on thickness.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Trout

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Lemon 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

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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Willy Nelson

Hi Folks-

This is an early post tonight because I’m going to Sophia’s soccer game at 6p.m. She’s playing goal tender and I’m very excited to see her play.

I mostly avoid, I don’t really know why, discussing things I might have on a “bucket list.” The thought of such things is subtly depressing and I just mostly avoid it altogether. However, on Saturday I’m going to a performance by Willie Nelson at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss are also performing, and I love their music, but seeing Willie really does it for me. That’s on my bucket list, for sure. I’m going with Katy, Sophia and maybe Alec, and I can’t wait.

We have plenty of fish for the grill coming in tomorrow, including Alaskan King Salmon, Yellowfin Tuna steaks, halibut, swordfish and arctic char.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • 2+ Yellowfin Tuna
  • Alaskan King Salmon
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Beausoleil oysters, PEI

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”

802.223.7051

www.uncommonmarket.net

Special ordering fish and jigsaw meditation

Hi Folks-

What a nice weekend! Some how I really resonate with Labor Day. I wish we observed the German tradition of the entire country, or in this case state, taking a week off every summer. I am sure some service industry still works but I think it would be super cool.

I mostly did jigsaw puzzles over the weekend. Peter and I hung out, didn’t really see our kids which was unusual, made great food, which is pretty usual and just relaxed. I bought a 1000 piece puzzle on Friday after work and I am happy to say I finished it today. I am a big reader but somehow my mind can still wander to my “to do” list or various stressors when I am reading. Not so with a jigsaw puzzle, the challenge of color and size and overall spatial relations just keeps my mind engaged, hours can pass, very meditative. So yay, I feel rested after a couple days off.

We will have fish tomorrow and again on Friday. This is the beautiful shoulder season in Vermont. Not Summer, not quite fall, a little bit of both so get some fish and grill, times a wasting.

So it’s a short fish week for us getting it in on Wednesday and highlights the benefits of special ordering. We don’t carry all the things all the time but you can order almost all the thing any time by simply calling the day before you’d like them and ordering it!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Halibut

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • 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

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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King Salmon

Hi Folks-

We have King Salmon coming in tomorrow. That’s actually the latest and greatest news I can think of tonight. Call in the morning to reserve some. We also have Grade 2+ Yellowfin Tuna, Halibut and we always have good swordfish.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Alaskan Wild King Salmon
  • east coast halibut
  • 2+ Yellowfin Tuna
  • 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

Bounty

Hi Folks-

Beautiful days of summer and some how my heart is looking forward to fall. End of summer/fall is absolutely the most bountiful food season and here it has the added thrill of being close to the last of the local food. It makes me want to store nuts, can fruits, salt meat, burying carrots in sand in my cold room in the basement, put a crate of apples in the attic and of course throw a huge dinner party enjoying all of the current plenty.

Honestly I own a store so very little of that will be happening, even if I didn’t there are other stores, I suppose ;-). That’s what I want to do though.

There is some serious bounty of fish this time of year as well. We’ll have King Salmon tomorrow straight from our lovely west coast, mussels from Prince Edward Island, Bluefish from the northeast coast (that’s where they are running now) and all of the regulars!

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Blue Fish

  • Halibut

  • King Salmon

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Shetland Salmon

  • PEI Mussels

  • 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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The way we Roll

Hi Folks-

I haven’t talked to you since the staff party and it was a big league event, by our normal standards. First, everyone brought something delightful to eat, there may have been a few slackers but only a few and the rest made up for the shortage. Unsurprisingly, our staff can really cook! Sharon and I supplied, as we do every year, all the lobsters anyone could eat and all the medium rare ribeye steak. We, as is our goal, were able to send people home with whole cooked lobsters, and we compared notes this week on ways in which we used those.

Most importantly, it was a time to relax and communicate between me and Sharon, our staff members and their partners, in a way that just doesn’t happen at the store during working hours. Friendships that were always there were solidified, new friendships were forged and secrets were divulged. We all are really very close and we all enjoyed ourselves immeasurably.

In vino veritas is how I think it goes, and that certainly was a factor in breaking down those barriers we as humans always carry with us. Certainly our inhibitions took a backseat to expressing how we really felt about each other. The recently legalized use of marijuana probably didn’t hurt either. We all had a very good time, just like you’re supposed to.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • east coast halibut
  • Sustainable Scottish Salmon
  • 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

Fish and yeah we had fun

Hi Folks-

Oh hey we had a staff party! Love the staff, really truly, deeply. We ate like kings, drank like lords and lit fires like druids. Also scored breakfast scones, win. Fun party. Short post.

Fish tomorrow:

  • Haddock

  • Icelandic Arctic Char

  • Swordfish

  • Blue fish

  • Alaskan Cod. Frozen at sea

  • Scottish Salmon

  • Lemon sole

  • 10/20 Dry Scallops

  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp

  • Beausoleil 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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