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Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Sardines in the Hatch but not at the Farmers Market
Sardines in the Hold: Captain Steve and crew have been catching sardines every day for over a week. The Northwest wind and swell make for difficult fishing conditions but they have succeeded nevertheless. Our packer however has added another boat to the mix and thinks it can handle 100 tons a day. So far we haven't seen them pack more than 40 tons in a 24 hr. period. Fur might fly. It is imperative for the boats to fish every day in order to meet expenses like fuel and spotter plane costs. The run between the sardine schools and the packer in Astoria, OR., can be as long as eight hours.
Sardines at the Markets: I have petitioned the King County Health Dept. to bring fresh sardines to the Farmers Market but was turned down. The reason given was the fear of scombroid poisoning. Have you heard of anyone having scombroid poisoning lately? Even the FDA has not printed the acceptable levels of histimine in sardines for consumption.
Mothers & Mercury: In the UK, a study among pregnant women and their infants examines the risk/benefit relationship in a population with fish consumption habits and mercury levels which are nearly the same as the US. This study was published in the July edition of the Journal of Epidemiology, July 2004 issue.  " Using standard tests of language, comprehension, motor & social skills to assess childhood development at 15 and 18 months, the study found a subtle but consistent link between eating fish during pregnancy and a child's early cognitive development, even after adjusting for factors such as the age and education of the mother, whether she breastfed, and the quality of the home environment." I will print out copies of this report for distribution at the Farmers Markets.
Lox:  A new addition to the market mix this coming weekend will be Albacore Lox in a Net Wt. 4 oz. package. It will be priced in the 6-8$ range.
See you there!

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