Buy Local (Blue Catfish!)

(From the archives: originally published July 16, 2014 on WNP's previous website)

We’re thrilled that the Wide Net Project’s ‘Catfish Cakes’ snagged a spot in the Seventh Annual Buy Local Cookout with Governor Martin O’Malley and First Lady Katie O’Malley. As the title suggests, the event is about promoting tasty creations to inspire buyers to go local. Featuring freshly caught Chesapeake Bay wild blue catfish, the cakes have been selected for this year’s appetizer category.

This catfish cakes recipe, created by our own Wendy Stuart, featured red bell peppers and shallots from Mark Mills’ Chocolates and Tomatoes Farm in Montgomery County and fish peppers and eggs from Emma Jagoz’s Moon Valley Farm. As for the dish itself, it offers an affordable alternative to the ubiquitous Maryland blue crab cakes. A crispy and savory opening to the meal, it offers a bit of protein, vegetables, and starch in just a few bites.

The Buy Local Cookout is held in tandem with the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week (July 19-27, 2014). During this week, all Marylanders are encouraged to eat at least one local product each day. This challenge was created in 2006 by the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and has grown into a statewide initiative. While local movements exist throughout the country, there are few statewide examples as robust as the one held in the Old Line State.

We can’t wait to fill you in on the event, the evening of July 24. We’ll share the recipe then, too, so stay tuned!

What’s your favorite way to cook up local fish?