Meet your local greenmarket farmers: Spotlight on Seatuck Fish Company

Ashley Edington of Seatuck Fish Company in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Kaley Pillinger)

Ashley Edington of Seatuck Fish Company in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Kaley Pillinger)

By Kaley Pillinger

It’s been nine years and Ashley Edington still gets seasick. Since she was 15, she has been working with her uncle at Seatuck Fish Company, and mornings on the fishing boat usher in rounds of queasiness.

Seatuck is a tried and true family business based in Moriches Bay, Long Island, and Edington understands the market like a second language. She knows when to get which fish; they migrate with seasons, and there are regulations by month — “You can’t touch a bass before June 1st.”

On weekdays, the Edingtons take their boat out for the day and are home by dinner. On weekends, they set up shop in one of their eight regular markets.

Each market has a unique personality: Customers at 175th Street and Broadway favor whole fish, crabs and chowders, whereas those at the Stuyvesant Town market prefer scallops. Only an hour after the market’s opening, Edington was already onto her second bucket of scallops. However, it’s not always easy determining which fish to bring.

“Some weeks they might buy a lot of calamari and the next week they won’t buy any. It’s always a guessing game.”

Missing the mark results in a waste of time and resources. Just the process of transportation alone is cumbersome. Edington commented that coolers can be one of the company’s biggest expenses: the company buys around twenty coolers annually.

In general, though, she has a sense of customers’ tastes. She has many customers for whom she can start bagging the fish as soon as she sees them approaching. Countless more customers ask for advice on opening shellfish or making a fish soup. She joked that she gives cooking instructions “about 300 times a day.”

One man, picking up mussels from the Seatuck stand, asked Edington who cleans all the fish and she told him it was she.

He incredulously responded, “There are too many for one person.”

She explained with a laugh: “I’m very talented.”

After ‘Big Ugly’ tenants focused on 2016 NY elections

Assembly Member Carl Heastie, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (Photo via Governor Cuomo Flickr)

Assembly Member Carl Heastie, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (Photo via Governor Cuomo Flickr)

By Sabina Mollot

Last week’s deal on the rent laws and other major issues, promptly dubbed the “Big Ugly,” was blasted by tenants even before it was finalized last Thursday, for including only minor changes in the rent laws, like raising the vacancy deregulation rent threshold from $2,500 to $2,700.

And while the newly slightly strengthened rent laws will remain in place until 2019, tenant activists are now more interested in 2016. The reason is that because it’s a presidential election year, on Election Day, that will mean more bodies at the polls than the amount that would normally show up for local races. At that time the goal will be to turn the Republican-controlled Senate into a Democratic one.

Mike McKee, treasurer of TenantsPAC, believes if this happens, tenant-friendly legislation could start getting passed as early as January, 2017.

“The legislators can amend the law at any time,” he said. “Even with a Republican governor like Andrew Cuomo, we can revisit this issue and repeal vacancy decontrol and other issues.”

There are 63 State Senate seats, and McKee said at this point, TenantsPAC is not sure which districts to focus its efforts on for supporting candidates. However, this will be a goal over the coming months.

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