Salmon is a perfect choice for dinner because it’s easy, delicious and versatile. It is rich in heart-healthy omega-3’s, low in saturated fat, low calorie and an important source of protein as part of a healthy diet.
There are distinct differences between farm-raised and wild caught salmon so it is important to understand what you’re eating. As a rule, farmed salmon is the most eco-friendly protein on the planet. That said, the practices of salmon farms vary greatly.
Wild caught salmon swims freely in its natural environment eating plankton and other animal proteins contributing to its richness in omega-3’s and making it heart healthy for us to eat. They are naturally pink because their diet consists largely of krill & shrimp.
We source our wild salmon from Alaska, Vancouver & the Seattle area during its peak season between May 15th through the end of September. Our very own fishing boat Captain at Paradigm Seafood (https://www.paradigmseafoods.com) sends the fish directly overnight from Alaska to Dulles airport where we pick it up a couple of times per week. That’s freshness guaranteed!
We primarily receive Sockeye & Coho salmon. When supply and luck collide, we receive King Salmon (aka the caviar of fish).
Over 90% of the salmon eaten in the US today is farm-raised and globally that number is about 60%.
The two biggest producers of farm-raised salmon are Norway & Chile. While there are salmon farmers using safe practices, the vast majority of farm-raised salmon is not good for you. The fish are fed food made in a lab to help them grow quickly so they can be sold fast and cheap. The pens are densely packed with fish swimming in antibiotics, feces and de-lousing chemicals. To make them look pretty, they are being injected with dye that creates the rich pink color consumers have come to expect.
Do you really want to eat that or feed that to your family?
We have partnered with Nora Pouillon, a James Beard award-winning chef, restauranteur, and an organic industry leader in humanely-raised livestock practices who helped found Blue Circle Foods. (https://www.bluecirclefoods.com ) The only farm-raised salmon we carry here at the market year round is sourced through Blue Circle from Norway. Their promise and ours is that there are never antibiotics, never growth hormones, never GMOs, never synthetic pigments, and never mystery sources.
The food we serve to you is the same food we eat ourselves, feed to our children and grand-children!
The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish like salmon every week. Even pregnant or breastfeeding women who were once discouraged from consuming too much of this seafood, have received an updated message from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to eat a minimum of two servings a week as well.