As Fresh As It Gets

San Mateo County: As Fresh as it Gets Media Release


May 1 Set for Start of Commercial Salmon Season


April Showers Bring Spring Vegetables, Flowers and Seasonal Seafood


April 10, 2014

Contact: Anne LeClair

(650) 348-7600



The day we await every year—the official start of the commercial salmon season—will be May 1.   The salmon will be available and at its peak from May through September, with a short closure July 1-15.  California King (Chinook) Salmon is individually harvested by our local fishermen, using the hook and line method to assure the highest quality.


 California King Salmon is the largest of the California Salmon species, with superior flavor, texture and color.  Because of the short season and the very high levels of healthy Omega-3 oil, consumers are advised to buy and cook it often while they can get it.  (Recipes may be found on the California Salmon Council website.)  The local salmon will be available during this time at Pillar Point Harbor from the salmon fishing boats, farmers markets, restaurants, fish markets and grocery stores.


 In addition to salmon, the fishermen will be hooking tuna, cod, halibut, rock crab, rock fish, squid and striped bass, as well as emptying late season Dungeness crab pots. Buying this local seafood supports local fishing families, the harbor, local economy and your health.  For those wishing to purchase fresh fish directly from the fishermen on their boats anchored in Pillar Point Harbor, a board in front of the Harbor office  lists which boat is selling what on any given day, and the Harbor also has a list on its land line: 650-726-8724.  People who want to keep the information handy on their mobile devices may download a new FISHline app ™ from app stores.


With the abundance of warm weather following a little late rain, San Mateo’s crops are stepping into their starring roles on spring menus.  While the catch of the day is in abundance, so are future side dishes, consisting of fresh, San Mateo County-grown spring vegetables.  Local artichokes and mushrooms are at their peak now and multiple other spring vegetables are plentiful, including: peas, spring onions, kale, chard and carrots.  By May, strawberries, raspberries, boysenberries and potatoes will start appearing at farm stands, farmers markets and local grocery stores, and the Coastways U-Pick-It Berry farm will be open for people to harvest their own blackberries and olallieberries. 


Recipes from the San Mateo County “As Fresh As it Gets” Cookbook, courtesy of the San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Coastal Basil Mushroom Soup (Courtesy of Goose and Turrets Bed and Breakfast)

1 QT. Beef Stock

20 Fresh, Brown Mushrooms

1 T Olive Oil

1 C. chopped fresh basil

1 (6-oz.) Potato, peeled

Dash white pepper

¼ tsp salt\Combine all ingredients in a stock pot and boil gently until potato is tender. Cool. Combine in blender or food processor until fairly smooth. At this point, the mixture may be refrigerated for one or two fdays.  To serve, heat to simmering point, pour into heated soup bowls and garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.


  Pan Fried Salmon (Courtesy of Mezza Luna)

2 Fresh Salmon Fillets

Salt and pepper


4 tsp. Olive Oil

½ Clove Garlic, chopped

½ C fresh tomato, chopped

1/2C Black Olives

1 tsp. Capers

1 tsp White Wine

½ C water or fish broth.

Lightly salt and pepper the salmon. Then lightly coat it in flour. Hear olive oil at low to medium heat in frying pan. Once it starts to become smoky, put in the salmon filets. Wait until color becomes nice and brown and flip the fillets over. Discard the oil and add new oil while keeping salmon in the pan.  Add garlic, tomatoes, black olives, capers and white wine.  Sauté for a few minutes. Add fish broth or water and continue cooking on low heat for a couple minutes longer. Serve with fresh vegetables and roasted potatoes.


Buy San Mateo County fresh and local, because it’s “as fresh as it gets”.

The San Mateo County As Fresh as it Gets program is operated by the San Mateo county Farm Bureau and San Mateo county/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, with the support of the San Mateo County Department of Agriculture and County Health Department.  For more information on healthy, locally produced foods, local growers and farmers’ markets, visit www.freshasitgets.com.  ###

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