A new pick this time around at Eugene’s Tuesday Farmers’ market is troll-caught North Pacific Premium Albacore by the fishing vessel Pisces. This couple once sold their handpacked tuna and salmon to area grocery stores, but soon grew disappointed with the effects of high markups. “We want our fish to available for everyone, not just rich people,” they lamented. Now they sell direct to their customers at the Tuesday and Saturday Farmers’ Market in Eugene and also the market at Coos Bay. A 7.75 oz can of troll-caught (this means they are fishing sustainably- and not drag netting!) Albacore is $3.75. As I stood dreamily munching on an Albacore Dip sample, a woman sidled up next to me to pick up her regular order of a case of tuna. “Why not?” She beamed, “I eat a can a week!”
Pisces’ Albacore Dip
- one 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
- half a large can of drained crushed pineapple
- one thumb’s worth of minched fresh ginger
- one can of undrained Pisces Albacore
- 1-2 Tbs of chopped cilantro
Pisces is intent on educating their customer on the advantages of troll-caught fish. Their booth is decorated with newspaper articles on the decimation of the fish communities off the West Coast aided by drag net techniques and over fishing.
From the back of Pisces’ Albacore can:
You are holding North Pacific Albacore Tuna, hook and line caught by the fishing vessel Pisces, the hand packed by a quality Oregon microcannery. Our albacore is filleted and canned with no additives except 15 grams [reader edit: grains] of sea salt. Unlike commercial canners’ methods of cooking the fish first, then again while canning it, our procedure retains the health-promoting Omega-3 essential oils. This product is humanely harvested with no accidental capture of other species. Dolphins play at the bow while we fish!
To reserve a case of Pisces’ Albacore or Salmon or to ask about Pisces’ market schedule call them at (541)266-7336 or (541)821-7117.