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Where to find it: Local Seafood Market

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A Jersey Shore transplant who lives in Concord is looking for a market selling local seafood.

The best alternative to shopping at a wharf and selecting from the daily catch is to find a reliable market or vendor. Frequently, vendors at the area farmers markets sell Carolina finfish and shellfish out of coolers or the back of a truck.

Selling in Davidson is David Meeks, a Davidson native. His company Flying Fish Seafood & Company (www.hattiesfreshmarket.com) sells Carolina seafood there three days a week. On Thursdays (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and Fridays (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.), he has a roadside stand at the intersection of Presbyterian Road and Mecklenburg Highway (115), and on Saturdays, he sells his seafood at the Davidson Farmer's Market, between Main and Jackson Streets in downtown Davidson next to Town Hall, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

What Meeks offers is dependent on what is caught earlier in the day (his company has two trawlers). Among the finfish he sells is North Carolina flounder, grouper, red snapper, tuna, triggerfish, tilefish, mahi mahi and South Carolina swordfish. Additionally, he sells live blue crabs — by the bushel, too — and North Carolina clams. In October, the North Carolina oyster season begins and Meeks will have oysters — both shucked and in the shell — until April. He also carries Carolina shrimp throughout the year.

The only non-local fish he carries is North Atlantic salmon, which he sells at the roadside stand since the DFM requires all items to be local.

Looking for a food you can't find? Or do you know of other food items unique to the Q.C.? Whether it's regional foods or international, talk to me: tricia.childress@creativeloafing.com or 704-522-8334, extension 136.

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