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SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD  |  BROOKLYN, NY

At Mermaid’s Garden, we live and breathe fish.  We love them- in the water and on our plates.  We know that trying to make responsible decisions about the fish we eat can be confusing. Fear not! Mermaid’s Garden is here to help you find seafood choices that are right for you and smart for the planet.

At Mermaid’s Garden we offer impeccably fresh, fully traceable sustainable seafood. We source our products from small boat fishermen across the United States and around the world. We can tell you who, where and how your fish was caught, because we think it’s important to know the path your fish takes from the ocean to your plate.

The market, like our Fish Share, highlights fish and shellfish in their seasons, when they’re at their best. Expect Peconic Bay scallops in the fall, Florida stone crabs in the winter, soft-shell crabs in the spring, and wild Alaskan salmon in the summertime.

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FISH SHARE

 

WHAT IS THE FISH SHARE?

Our fish share is a model that connects fish eaters to fishermen. Participants commit to an agreed upon season, during which they receive regular “shares” of fresh fish. This reconnects coastal communities to their food system, promotes sustainable fishing practices, and strengthens relationships between fishermen and the people they feed.

WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE TO JOINING THE FISH SHARE?

By committing to the share, you are guaranteed a weekly supply of super fresh, sustainable fish at a reasonable price. Your participation also ensures the fair compensation of the fishermen we work with.  All of our fish is traceable back to the boat it was caught on, the fisherman who caught it and the catch method that was used. The Mermaid’s Garden Fish Share offers higher quality, value and transparency than traditional retail models.

HOW DO THE SHARES WORK?

You can purchase either a half- share or a full- share. Both share types run in four week cycles. Half- shares (1-1.25 lbs/week) comfortably feed two people once a week and cost $74. for four weeks. Full- shares (2- 2.25 lbs/week) comfortably feed four people once a week (or two people twice) and cost $148. for four weeks. There is a one time sign up fee of $15. for both share sizes.

WHAT KIND OF FISH ARE OFFERED IN THE MERMAID’S GARDEN FISH SHARE?

Expect to see a variety of local Long Island and New England fishes year round, including: Acadian Redfish, Black Bass, Bluefish, Haddock, Hake, Mahi Mahi, Monkfish, Pollock, Porgy, Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Summer Flounder, Swordfish, Tilefish, Tuna and more.

DO YOU OFFER SHELLFISH AS WELL AS FINFISH?

Shares consist of filleted fish. Shellfish and whole fish options will be made available during the season as substitutions or additions to your fillet share.

WILL ALL THE FISH BE LOCAL?

Most of the fish in the shares will be local. Nonetheless, Mermaid’s Garden is committed to supporting fishing communities across the United States. In the winter we migrate South for some of our fish. We also offer special items like wild Alaskan salmon or Florida stone crabs in their seasons. We guarantee that all of our fish is caught by small boat fishermen using sustainable fishing methods.

SOME OF THE SPECIES LISTED ARE ON THE “AVOID” LIST ON MY SEAFOOD GUIDE? HOW CAN THEY BE SUSTAINABLE?

Many things determine a species’ status on an advisory list, including the health of its population and most common catch method.  If a species’ population is healthy but has a destructive catch method, we find fishermen using low-impact fishing methods to supply these species.  Similarly, we work with some fishermen who have modified their trawling gear, making a traditionally destructive fishing method much healthier for ocean environments. We are committed to not offering fishes that are overfished or subject to overfishing, per the National Marine Fisheries Service’s quarterly Stock Status Reports.

PICK UP LOCATIONS:

Ditmas Park
Bar Chord
Wednesday 5- 7 pm

Bushwick
Foster Sundry
Wednesday 5- 7 pm

Park Slope
Kos Kaffe
Thursday 4-6:30 pm

Prospect Heights
Mermaid's Garden
Thursday 4-7:30 pm

Williamsburg
The Meat Hook
Thursday 5- 7 pm

Carroll Gardens
Stinky Bklyn
Saturday 10 am– 12 pm

Red Hook
Added Value Farm
Saturday 10 am– 11 am

South Slope
Lot 2
Saturday 10 am– 12 pm

Clinton Hill
The Fulton Grand
Saturday 1:30- 3:30 pm

Prospect Lefferts Gardens
PLG Coffee House and Tavern
Saturday 1:30- 3:30 pm

 

 

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ABOUT

Mermaid’s Garden is the collaborative effort of its founders, Bianca Piccillo and Mark Usewicz.  Here is a little bit about us and how we got here.

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BIANCA PICCILLO

Bianca has long had one foot in the aquatic realm. She has worked in laboratories at the University of Maryland and Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, overseen by her mentors, Dr. Eugenie Clark and Dr. Edward O. Wilson. Out of the lab, she has conducted marine biological field research around the world, including dives in Belize, the Red Sea, Papua New Guinea and the Sea of Cortez.

Bianca’s other foot is in restaurant industry, where she honed her skills at the beloved restaurants Oleana, al di lá and Prune.

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MARK USEWICZ

Mark’s culinary education began at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris. He followed culinary school with a stage at the renowned Michelin three-starred Restaurant Lucas Carton, where he had the extraordinary privilege to train under world class Chef Alain Senderens, one of the founding fathers of Nouvelle Cuisine.

Mark spent 10 years cooking in Boston, starting out at Casablanca, then helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Ana Sortun. When he took the reins of his own kitchen at The Independent, Mat Schafer of the Boston Herald called him a “rising star.” Mark left Massachusetts for New York, landing in Brooklyn, where he was the Executive Chef at the historic Montauk Club and Palo Santo Comedor y Bar de Vino in Park Slope.

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LOCATION

644 Vanderbilt Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

PHONE

718-638-1910

EMAIL

info@mermaidsgardennyc.com

Market Hours of Operation

Monday- Friday 12- 8 PM
Saturday 10 AM- 6 PM
Sunday 11 AM- 7 PM

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