September 4, 2013

Harbor Fish Market: A whopper of a story

Portland's monument to fishmongering, a 47-year-old family business, has had a remarkable life.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Alice Hamilton of Scarborough, a regular, exits the Harbor Fish Market.

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Bie Wu of Portland studies her options at the market.

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"If you take canned tuna out of the equation, Portlanders eat on average 8 or 9 pounds of seafood a year," Nick said, "and nationally it's like a half a pound a year. So Portlanders eat an enormous amount of seafood compared to the rest of the country, and that's including Florida and other coastal communities -- Louisiana, California and Alaska."

What about the Alfieros? Do they ever tire of eating fish?

Nick says he doesn't eat beef anymore, and eats seafood three to four times a week. He chalks it up to the wide variety available at his fingertips. He usually grabs dinner on his way out the door.

"A clam digger will come in with some clams out of the Harraseeket and they're nice and black and they're beautiful, and the next thing you know I'm throwing three pounds in the back to take home," he said. "When the shad roe first comes in and they're beautiful, I'm scarfing those."

Mike said his brother's regular diet of seafood reflects the family's longtime philosophy of not selling anything to their customers that they wouldn't be comfortable eating themselves.

"It's not just about selling and buying fish," he said. "It's about doing it with integrity and ethics."

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Kathleen and Nick Alfiero with the family's first cookbook.

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One of the large coolers displaying fresh seafood on the floor of Harbor Fish Market.

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The brothers Alfiero - Mike, Ben and Nick - stroll the waterfront.

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Steve Ponichtera of Gladstone, N.J., watches as retail clerk Luke Parker fills a bag with steamers. Ponichtera said he makes frequent trips to Maine to attend antique auctions and rarely goes home without a selection of seafood from Harbor Fish Market.

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Retail clerk Jessica Spear checks the condition of lobsters in the holding tanks, a process that is repeated each morning and occasionally throughout the day.

Retail clerk Jessica Spear checks the condition of lobsters in the holding tanks, a process that is repeated each morning and occasionally throughout the day.

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FISH TACOS

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COD LOIN BAKED IN PARCHMENT PAPER

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LOBSTER SHORTCAKE

 


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