(From the archives: originally published August 4, 2014 on WNP's previous website)
We first met Benjamin Bartley, the food access director for Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, when the mobile market was starting out. Benjamin stopped by Sharon Feuer Gruber’s office at Bread for the City to talk with her about how BFC approached nutrition education for low-income populations. It was before there was a Wide Net Project, and Arcadia was not planning on sourcing any fish for the time being. A few years later, the now three-year-old mobile market and the not-quite one-year-old Wide Net Project are now together bringing high-quality fish to DC residents who generally can’t otherwise afford it. You just never know how one thing leads to another.
Getting the fish to Arcadia requires skilled hands — with all the catching and cutting of the fish managed by JJ McDonnell, our processor extraordinaire in Jessup, Maryland. We are grateful that we also have Kent Island Crab Cakes on board locally to freeze and pack fillets at a reduced price to keep the price down for Arcadia customers and so that as much of the sale as possible can go to the mission of the Wide Net Project — more hunger relief and environmental conservation. It truly takes a village — or in this case, truly dedicated fish processors and distributors!