Farm Profile: Heartland Catfish

U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, like Heartland Catfish, is the freshest, healthiest catfish available. The fish are raised in freshwater ponds with closed systems that have little impact on the environment. The National Audubon Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Environmental Defense all recommend U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish as a safe environmental choice.

If you go to South Mississippi and head up the famed Yazoo River, you’ll eventually find the hamlet of Itta Bena, a proud “home in the woods” of pristine farmland and wildlife-rich waterways. In addition to being the hometown of great bluesman B.B. King (how awesome is that?), there’s something else we love about the place: Itta Bena is home to Heartland Catfish, a FishWise “Green Choice” fish we’ve come to love.

This month, the Co-op Outreach Department is focusing on FishWise, a program created by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch in 2002. In 2008, the Co-op was the first retailer in the Northeast to jump on board.

Through FishWise, using a simple color-coded approach, shoppers can compare the environmental impact of various seafood choices. Green-labeled seafood products, like Heartland Catfish, are a FishWise “best choice.” These species are from sources that are well-managed and caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways.

U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, like Heartland Catfish, is the freshest, healthiest catfish available. The fish are raised in freshwater ponds with closed systems that have little impact on the environment. The National Audubon Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Environmental Defense all recommend U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish as a safe environmental choice.

Co-op Chef Eli Morse, Director of the Co-op Culinary Learning Center, is such a fan of Heartland Catfish that he’s featured the product in his class lineup in the past, with another class coming up right around the corner. Seafood fans can discover Heartland Catfish for themselves on February 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Co-op Culinary Learning Center, located at the Lebanon Co-op in the Centerra Marketplace on Rt. 120 in Lebanon, NH.

“Catfish have a reputation for being junk fish and bottom dwellers,” Eli said. “Sounds like fightin’ words to me! The second part isn’t just a rumor, but I do know that they are absolutely delicious, particularly for making your own fish cakes like we’re going to do in our upcoming class. The price is right, the FishWise tag is green, and the sourcing is from a responsible and domestic farm.”

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Spicy Chipotle Catfish Sandwich
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 4 U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Fillets
  2. Zest of 1 lemon
  3. 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. 4 regular or multigrain sourdough rolls
  8. 4 slices sweet onion
  9. Chopped cabbage or Romaine lettuce
Chipolte Mayonnaise
  1. ¼ cup mayonnaise
  2. 1 Tbs. capers
  3. Smoked Spanish paprika
  4. Half of chipotle mix
For Chipotle Mayonnaise
  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
For Sandwich
  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and chipotle pepper. Divide equally into two bowls.
  3. Rub a small amount of olive oil on fish. Top fish with half of chipotle mix. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 8 minutes or until done.
  5. Assemble sandwiches with fish, chipotle mayonnaise, onion and lettuce.
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Ken Davis

Ken Davis

Ken is a writer in the Co-op Outreach Department. Email him at kdavis@coopfoodstore.com.