Spending time in Florida over the years, I’ve heard lots of people talking about how they get their seafood, specifically their blue crabs, almost right out of the water. For me, the supermarket has always been featured, involving any seafood for the home. The supermarket wasn’t going to be visited today.
It was time to head to Island Crab Company in St. James City on Pine Island on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. You can find blue crab in the gulf among other places.
There isn’t a store front. You just park and walk up to where they are picking the blue crabs they bought from independent fisherman, whom caught them that day. You tell them what you want.
You’ll see them busy opening one crate after another…
…putting the still alive blue crabs in ice water, sorting by size. They will only sell the blue crabs that are still alive.
They will put your order in a paper bag, you’ll go inside a room to pay and off you go.
Lot’s of empty crates. You can also get stone crabs, different kinds of fish, oysters, Pine Island clams and more there. Of course there will be lots of boats around. 🙂
Note: When you get to your destination to cook, make sure to only cook the ones that are still alive. The reason is due to bacterial concerns and also they will taste better. You don’t want to risk getting sick.
Who’s that guy?! I didn’t get pinched. 🙂
It was a nice experience picking up seafood that didn’t come from the supermarket. Do you have any experiences picking up seafood outside of the supermarket environment (or even catching it yourself) around home or in your travels?