Wednesday, August 17, 2016

St. Lawrence Market - North Market

Can't believe it is our fourth week at the St. Lawrence Market coming up.
So much has changed in the last 4 weeks.  We are no longer at Wychwood, the Brickworks, Sick Kids, Sorauren, Dufferin Grove or Lion's Head Markets.  And we miss them and the customers there.
We are trying to focus all of our energies with the St. Lawrence.  The set up is a little different than what we and our customers are use to.  We have use of a really nice display cooler.  So no longer do we have coolers sitting on top of a table.  Our signage had to change for we used the coolers and table to display our signage.  Now it has to be on the side of the display cooler or smaller on the front and above the cooler.  These are not bad changes but definitely changes.
The one thing that didn't change is our quality.  Our fresh fish is still yesterday's catch.  Our smoked is still as good as you had at the other markets.  We are still manning the booth.  Our frozen is still frozen the same day it was caught so it captures as much freshness as possible.  We still catch, process, smoke and sell our own fish to you.  We are still bringing in our catch which is normally whitefish and lake trout, all caught in Georgian Bay just north of Wiarton on the Bruce Peninsula.
Please come and look for us at the St. Lawrence Market.  We are set up under the big white tent near a honey and maple syrup producer.  We are there on Saturdays from 5am to 2pm.  Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

2016 Community Supported Fisheries

Wow it has been a long time.  Oops...  Long enough that I forgot the e-mail I used and even the password.  I stopped for the camera I was using and still using said the pics were to large to post to the blog.  I never have figured out how to fix that.
Anyways, this years CSF I hope is ready and hope it has a good response. Something we hope it can help with this year is a new roof and side porch for the fish plant.

CSF – Community Supported Fisheries for Akiwenzie’s Fish & More…

It is that time of year again!  It was a mild winter so we don’t have to wait for the ice to move on out but we have to be sure the ice from other shores won’t blow our way. 

The dates the program will run this year.  Start date is May 21, 2016 to December 17, 2016.  It is a 30 week span.  Deadline for payment is Saturday May 7, 2016.

I have added an extra option for some may find this helpful for next winter.

Option 1:
Half Share - $200 Maximum we ask you can spend at our table per market is $50. 
Full Share - $400 Maximum we ask you can spend at our table per market is $80.

There is no minimum for either of these and it covers everything on the table which could include fresh or frozen whitefish and/or lake trout.  Smoked whitefish and/or smoked lake trout.  In the Fall it also could be whitefish or Golden caviar. 

We ask if you want something specific, please e-mail me a couple of days before a market so we can put your name on it so it saves on your disappointment.  Examples would be whole fish, fish heads/skeletons.

Option 2:
Ordering 1 - 10lbs box of frozen (maybe fresh fish, weather and catch permitting) Georgian Bay Whitefish or Lake Trout.  You can pick it up between June – December.  Dates can be negotiated to work with you and work with us for it depends on the weather and fishing conditions. 

Cost:  $135

A ten pound box normally cost $150/10lbs but we will sell it to you for $135/10lbs box which is a 10% discount.  This we see would work for people who don’t come to market too often or to fill their freezers in the Fall/Winter. 

Payment Options for either choice:    Cash, Cheque or e-mail transfer. 

Reminder: We have a Standing Fish Order list.  We can add your name to a list of customers that have a piece of fresh fish put aside them.  Just need to know their preferences in species and size.  Then if we have it, it will be waiting for you at the market.  Then you don’t have to rush and possibly miss it.  We will sell it after a certain time depending on which market for we know things might be busy or things come up and you can’t make it.    

Thank you – The Akiwenzie Family

Monday, May 11, 2015

Still Here & 2015 CSF (Community Supported Fisheries)

It seems like it has been forever.  Apologizes for not updating this more regularly. 
This year we are offering another CSF.  Last year's worked well so we are going with it.  We are offering two choices though.  The customers who would like a piece of fresh put aside weekly or one that is really flexible.  Take a boo at it and let us know if you would be interested.  This year we are looking to purchase some more net, a new pricing scale and labeller, some new marketing signage and maybe just maybe a new ice machine.  We shall see.  These are the goals and hopefully if the year treats us well, we will be able to do some more things for the list of things that need replacing or could help us be more efficient is always growing. 

Akiwenzie’s Fish & More….   Community Supported Fisheries 2015

Some Spring like temperatures have returned finally.  That seemed like a much colder winter but maybe not…  Maybe I am just getting older…  J

With the Spring thaw, we are preparing for another busy year of fishing.  We hope to hit the water with a splash and this is where you can help us GREATLY.   

Last year’s version of our CSF work out well we thought.  We had put your names and amounts you paid in a book and keep a running total of it.  That way you didn’t have to remember any fishy bucks or cards. 

A little history on us:  We fish up north of Wiarton from a First Nations community Neyaashiinigmiing (Cape Croker).  Andrew started fishing when he was 9 years old out of a wooden row boat with his Uncles.  Andrew had a number of jobs as he was a younger man but he always found his way back to the waters and fishing.  We started this business 13 years ago and thought it was a temporary thing.  Well, it became our career so to speak.  We presently own/operate a provincially inspected fish processing plant.  We catch, process, smoke and sell our own fish.  One day, hopefully in the near future, we will be able to purchase fish from other local fisherpeople.  

There will be two choices of our CSF that we are offering this year.  One is more suited to the regular market customer and the other is for someone who doesn’t make it too often to market but still would like to participate, which we appreciate. 

First Choice:

A piece of fresh fish will be put aside for you each market.  Please circle the one you would prefer but please note, if we don’t have it that specific size or species, we will still a piece of fish aside for you but you can decline it.  I will always try to e-mail you the night before to let you know if we have your fish and what it is.  This is the same way the standing fish order works.  I have been doing this last season for standing fish orders and it worked well.  Customers were able to change their order or cancel the night before. 

Cost is:  Full Share    $400          Half Share     $200

What species do you prefer?     Whitefish            Lake Trout           Any Species           Other___________

Do you prefer frozen or fresh?  Frozen                  Fresh          Either one                                                     

Size for fresh or frozen fish:   Small ($9-$12)     Medium($13-$16)         Large($17-$20)                        Family($20+)

Market for Pick Up:        Dufferin (Thursday)        Saturday (Wychwood)

Please let us know if you don’t need that fish for a particular market and I prefer e-mail so it reminds me.  Also pick up for Dufferin’s market is from 3-5pm or it can be sold to other customers.  The pickup time for Wychwood is from 8-10am or it can be sold to other customers.  If you are going to be later, please let us know and we will hold on to it a little longer or until we sell out.

The customers who participate in the First Choice CSF will have their fish put aside first.  The remaining fish will go to the standing orders and other customers.    

Second Choice:

Cost is:  Full Share  $400                                Half Share   $200

We will take your name and the amount you have paid.  We will keep it in a notebook in our kit and subtract the fish you purchased from a market.  We will continue to track it and when it gets close to being finished, we will let you know.  Also this way, you can ask us how much you have left.  This is how the 2014 CSF was done and it worked for us and I think it worked for most of the participants. 



Thank you for your participation in this CSF.  The CSF will run from May 21 – December 19, 2015. (32 week or 8 Months)

I know some people think they may not eat that much fish in the amount of time as mentioned above.

A full share: If someone normally purchases a $15 fillet of fish approximately once a week, it would last 26 weeks roughly. 

A half share: If someone normally purchases a $15 fillet of fish approximately once a week, it would last 13 weeks roughly. 



Please ensure you leave us your name and e-mail if you would like to be able to assist us in giving us a hand up this Spring. 

I will put your name in our book, how much you paid and which option you prefer.  I definitely need your e-mail so I can keep you up to date if we will not be at a market due to poor weather for fishing or some other reason. 

You can find Akiwenzie’s Fish on Face Book and Twitter. 

Deadline to sign up is:  Saturday May 16, 2015


Again, thank you for your participation in our CSF for 2015. 


Name: __________________________________________


E-mail: _____________________________________________

Amount Paid: _______________           Cash      Cheque

CSF Choice:                        ONE            or              TWO

Thank you in advance to the customers who plan on signing up and thank you to those customers who are already participating.  :)  Without your support we would be treading water.