Summerfield Farms and The Shrimp Connection!
A Great Partnership!
Clockwise from top left: Gail-Our first customer at the Farm,a real sweetheart and nutritionally conscientious! ; the Farm calkboard; Randy the produce guy and local conversationalist; a banded jack for the smoker; TSC being setup; and finally the old chimney smoker in action (thanks Scott!!)
Farms is locally owned and family operated and is located just north of
Greensboro, North Carolina.They started the Farm in an effort to bring
health, responsibility and ethics back to farming and land management. They believe this is an important move as people take a greater interest
in knowing what goes into our environment and into the production of our
food. Many farms today are driven
by high volume, production and profit. At Summerfield Farms, they care
about the animals they raise and the land they grow on. Happier animals
are in turn healthier animals from birth to harvest. They believe this
model produces healthier beef and poultry that is flavorful. This is the
food that we put on our families' tables and they are excited to offer
our products to you! At The Shrimp Connection we also believe that knowing the origin of your food is of vital importance.In addition we try our best to support our local NC fishing industry as much as possible. Sustainability and quality of product are not mere buzz phrases but are the foundation of our business. We look forward to our affiliation with Summerfield Farms in bringing "all things good" to our customers.
The Summerfield Shrimp Connection is open at Summerfield Farms
(we have moved from the Old Summerfield Shopping Center a mere 1 mile away-see our Google Map on the Locations page)
On another note:
NC GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Keep Local Seafood on NC Dinner Plates: Oppose NC House Bill 983 Update
Game Fish Bill Dead
A spokesman for House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, confirmed
Monday that the so-called game fish bill is dead for this year. "It's
not going to move," Jordan Shaw said. The House Republican Caucus made
the decision last week and Tillis -- who hasn't taken a public position
on the measure -- is respecting that position, Shaw said.
Rep. Tom Murry, R-Wake, one of the bill's primary sponsors, said the
caucus deferred to coastal legislators who opposed the measure because
of opposition from commercial fishermen in their districts. "It puts
them in a more difficult spot than anyone else," Murry said of the
coastal lawmakers. Murry added that he believed House Bill 983 could
have passed the House this year, but that its reception in the Senate
might not have been as warm. He said he believed the bill came "closer"
to passage this year but that many more negotiations between
recreational and commercial fishing interests are needed.
Meanwhile, recreational fishing groups that support game fish status for
red drum, spotted sea trout and estuarine striped bass are urging their
members to call or email the speaker's office or their individual
legislators to express their displeasure and urge them to bring House
Bill 983 back for a vote of the House Commerce and Job Development
Committee, where the measure rests. "We want to see the votes. We think
we deserve that," said Dick Hamilton of the Coastal Fisheries Reform
Group, a loose association of recreational fishermen.
As it has in previous years, the bill set off intense lobbying efforts
from commercial fishermen who oppose it and recreational fishermen who
support it. Dozens of commercial fishermen from the coast came to
Raleigh for a well-attended public hearing on the issue last month. The
Coastal Conservation Association and other recreational fishing groups
have pursued game fish status on the species for several years, arguing
that the fish are more valuable recreationally than commercially. Game
fish status would allow those fish to be caught only by hook and line
and prevent their commercial sale or purchase in North Carolina. The
legislation also would set aside up to $1 million to compensate
commercial fishermen for three years in lieu of the catch. The bill
would also provide money for an observer program critical to commercial
fishermen as they comply with federal regulations regarding sea turtles
and the endangered Atlantic sturgeon. And it would raise fees on coastal
fishing licenses and take a small percentage of state gas-tax revenues
for a fund to dredge inlets.(Patrick Gannon, THE INSIDER, 6/04/13).
"Rather than letting things happen to you, let them happen because of you."
I can hear summer coming in the buzzing of the bees (or are those mosquitos?)-Eat Mo' Fish! It's heart healthy! Good for the mind, good for the body, good for our local fisherpeople and everything in between!
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Fresh North Carolina Fishery & East Coast Seafood
We provide Local Food/Whole Food/Sustainable Food from our golden supply chain (hey, it took us years to find the right brokers with seafood that met our high standards and it wasn't easy getting in their good graces. But we managed...mostly through bribes and the sale of our first born chirren!). By the way we have some not so local food also like Scottish salmon and Idaho rainbow trout because it’s so darn good. Actually better than good. Visit The Shrimp Connection open air seafood market in Summerfield, High Point, Lake Norman & Greensboro, North Carolina, for fresh seafood - shrimp, shellfish, & Atlantic coast fish.
Our shrimp, shellfish, Atlantic and Gulf coast fish are dressed and waiting for good ole Aunt Lulu's recipe or Emeril Lagasse’s' newest N'awlins preparation. You might even find some outstanding freshwater offerings! The quality is typically impeccable. To quote our customers: “excellordinary fish”, “amaziriffic scallops”,” outstonishing crawfish”, wondermendous shrimp” and on and on. We like to think of it as just radically fresh. Enough said. Tasting is believing. So come give us a taste test…that’s where we shine. The only thing you have to lose is your old benchmark on what quality seafood really is.
So Who Are We?
No easy answer but we do bill ourselves as seafood peddlers of fine distinction. I think this originated from the Aesop's fable :
A PEDDLER drove his Ass to the seashore to buy salt.
We have a guy we drive to the coast every Thursday but to negotiate for seafood! Similar. However even though we have cast ourselves in the long mercantile tradition of selling in an outdoor market we no longer travel like peddlers from place to place. Since we have fixed locations from which we can share our product and polished humor my guess is we have now been elevated to merchants. That’s the fine layer of American business which is being regulated out of existence. Nice. And we are there through rain, snow and dread of night…well really not the dread of night thing since we only operate during daylight hours but we’ve survived tornadoes intact. We’re tough. Or stupid. Or dedicated. Or a combination thereof. We choose this madness for a reason: it allows us to interact with our customers at a more personal level. More importantly we want the customer to check out the seafood up close and personal. Not just the quick token sniff that most groceries may or may not allow but we want our customers to see, feel and examine the color and beauty of the product. We just wouldn’t have it any other way the beauty of the great outdoors being what it is.
Hone Your Seafood Chef Skills
Our "porpoise" is to make you as knowledgeable as possible about seafood. Our Shrimp Connection fishfolks are your #1 resource for cooking techniques and recipes in preparing all our fish varieties. We keep a large archive of recipes to help you become the best seafood chef you can be. We're here when you need us for advice on bringing out the best flavor. Please your palate, your family, and your friends with the most delicious seafood around. We are trained at selecting and purchasing, handling, gutting, boning, filleting, preserving, displaying, merchandising and selling our product. Man that took my breath away. Listen we will point you in some direction even if it’s wrong! Kidding!
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