Sunday, January 27, 2019

FISHING IN WINTER: A directory of mongers


 by mary a. nelen

As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans. –Ernest Hemingway

Its lunch time and you’re near the beach.You go to the cafĂ© and order up some oysters with a glass of cold beer or wine. You become happy and make plans.

But can you do this in your sorry land locked state? Become one with a fish monger at the Price Chopper or the Stop & Shop or the Big Y or Guidos. 

Tell them you want wild caught from the Atlantic (if you’re on this coast) tell them you want the lesser known fish, not the salmon/swordfish/shrimp fish that sits at the popular table in the lunch room.

Here is a directory of fish mongers in Columbia, Berkshire, Litchfield and Dutchess County courtesy of my story in 


Fish is wonderful in winter when its most flavorful after foraging all summer. Make friends with a monger. As for ice fishing, that's another story.