Having lived in SE Connecticut for years, we were “limited” access to unique culinary experiences. We craved exposure to different food ingredients and creative fare. Luckily, we landed in an area that cultivates locally sourced ingredients and has people excited to share them with others.
Located on a pier next to the Seaport Village, one of our first discoveries was Tuna Harbor Dockside Market. On Saturday mornings from 8am until 1pm (or when sold out), this open-air seafood market promotes connecting local commercial fishing and aqua cultural communities to the public.
Since the seafood is caught locally, the amount and type of offerings vary each week. Tom and I enjoy strolling along the pier and seeing the catch of the day. We love arriving early to watch the fishermen deliver seafood that literally just came out of the sea. The proprietors are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about their offerings. One of Tom’s favorite things to do is talk with the fishermen to learn about new ways to prepare the delicacies. At one stand we bought a dozen beautiful oysters. When we inquired about the welks, the vendor spoke about the flavor and preparation, and then proceeded to give us several to experiment with at home.
Many of the stands offer fish cut down into more sizable portions. However, the majority of fish are unprepared. If you are squeamish about cleaning the bounty, be sure to walk to the end of the pier. One stand is set up to prepare your fish at a reasonable price.
If you are like us and get hungry while we shop, be sure to try some freshly shucked oysters. One of the most popular food stands serves all things uni. Try sea urchin in scrambled eggs or eat them live and ready straight from the shell.
In fact, one of our favorite items to take home is a live sea urchin. It is a fantastic delicacy that was impossible to find in Connecticut. Now that we live in California, we always try to pick up a few of these each time we visit Tuna Harbor Dockside Market. At $5 a pound, the rich uni is a delicious treat at a fantastic price.
The Tuna Harbor Dockside Market is a fantastic place to learn about local seafood from the experts: the fishermen themselves. Whether you want to buy items to prepare at home or if you prefer to sample ready to eat items while strolling along the waterfront, the taste and freshness cannot be beat. This market isn’t glitzy or glamorous like Seattle’s Pike Place Market or San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. However, it is a place to get straight from the sea fresh seafood at a reasonable price from the fishermen themselves.
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