An uneven start to Sharon’s day

Hi Folks-

So today didn’t begin well for Sharon. She was scheduled to open the front of the house while our new employee, Maddie, was scheduled to open the deli. Maddie was to arrive at 5:30, Sharon at 6:00, and we open at 6:30. A straight forward system that has served us well for the nine years we’ve been open.

Well, Maddie got there at 5:30 and at 7am I hear Sharon gasping, “Oh my god it’s 7 o’clock, how the hell is it 7 o’clock?” She heaved herself out of bed in total disbelief. It was Maddie’s first day opening – she’d just been given a pass code for the alarm system the night before- and
Sharon was horrified to think she was letting her down on her first day. And she was totally not believing that she’d overslept by an hour and a half. “Call Maddie. Tell her I’m on the way! The poor kid’s probably not even there,” she said intensely to me as she scrambled into the clothes she had laid out the night before. She didn’t yell but she was awfully intense. Unlike the Sharon we all know and love, who had never been more than five minutes late, she was totally flustered. Totally.

When she arrived at the market she found that Maddie had opened the doors to the public and was working along in the deli. She had no experience with the cash register, which was empty, yet when Sharon arrived there were a few customers in the store and people had helped themselves to coffee, breakfast sandwiches and newspapers and had left money on the counter. The store had survived the unthinkable. When I got there Sharon was looking very sexy in her new dress, (short with a daring neckline), and was laughing about her start to the day. Maddie was unfazed, (a great quality in an employee), and all was well. The Uncommon Market at its best.

Tomorrow we have great fish coming in, some of it very inexpensive. We have Pollock, caught off the MA coast, selling for $5.99/lb. Pollock is a ground fish, like haddock and cod, meaning that they feed off the ocean’s floor. It is really very good baked, and perfect for any dish that calls for a white fish like a stew or a soup or chowder. We also have Striped Bass, caught off the coast of Maryland, and Coho Salmon, caught in Alaska. Those of you who love wild salmon and have been enjoying the King salmon we’ve offered over the past three months should definitely try the Coho, similar to the King but with its own distinctive flavor and texture. We also have Grade 2+ Yellowfin Tuna, just one grade under Sushi grade, perfect for grilling or pan frying, just sear each side for several minutes and leave the inside a rosy pink.

Fish arriving tomorrow:

  • Alaskan Cod, flash frozen at sea
  • Alaskan Coho Salmon
  • Striped Bass, MD
  • Grade 2+ Yellowfin Tuna
  • Dayboat yellow tail sole
  • Sustainable Shetland Salmon
  • Dayboat Haddock
  • Swordfish
  • Icelandic Arctic Char
  • 16/20 Wild Gulf Shrimp
  • 10/20 Dry Scallops
  • Pemaquid oysters

See you at the Store!

The Uncommon Market

The store worth walking to.”


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