Here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions:
What does "cold smoked" mean?
"Cold smoking" refers to the temperature in the smoker while the fish (or other food) is being smoked. The temperature is kept fairly low to prevent cooking and to help ensure the ideal consistency. Cold smoking is done at a temperature ranging between 70 and 80 degrees F. The result is the silky smooth texture we all know and love.
What is a "dry cure"?
"Dry curing" is the process of rubbing the fish (or other meat product) with a combination of salt, sugar and spices to remove some of the moisture and firm up the flesh. This process also helps to prevent any bacterial growth by creating an environment that is not hospitable to bacteria which will help to extend the products natural shelf life. This is also an excellent time to infuse flavours.
What additives do you use?
All of our products are made without the use of any artificial additives, preservatives or colours. Instead we prefer to use traditional, time honoured practices. We dont use any chemicals or liquid smoke to produce our flavours. Only pure salt, sugars and spices are used in our cures and brines, and we naturally smoke our foods over high quality hardwood to produce a flavour like no other.
I've heard farmed salmon is bad for you. Is your salmon farmed?
While it is true that some farmed fish can be bad for you, it is all about knowing where your food comes from, and only supporting the good operations. Since the year 2000, the Canadian government has banned all commercial Atlantic salmon fishing due to the impact it was having on the wild populations in an effort to help them rebound. Some farms are very heavy handed on hormones and antibiotics, and these operations should be avoided. Our salmon comes from a 4 Star BAP certified Canadian operation located off the coasts of Newfoundland and New Brunswick which is ethical and sustainable, and has some of the lowest stocking densities in the world. Overfishing is a major concern these days, and the current trend towards wild caught fish is putting even more pressure on the already strained ocean eco-system. Supporting responsible farming operations will help to prevent the collapse of the eco-system and ensure there are fish to enjoy for the future generations.
I'm pregnant. Are your products safe for me and baby?
The amount of information and guidelines relating to caring for yourself and your unborn baby can be overwhelming. We don't use any artificial chemicals, artificial preservatives or additives in the production of our fish, however it is smoked and some consider it to be raw even though it has been cured. Like any other product you are thinking of consuming while pregnant, it is always best to check with your doctor first.
Where are you located?
Our store is located at 1171 Victoria Park Avenue in Scarborough, on the east side of Victoria Park avenue just north of St.Clair Ave.
What are your store hours?
We do not currently offer retail hours, however we are always happy to arrange a convenient time for pickup at our store location. We will also always be happy to bring your order out to one of our many farmers markets throughout the year.
If I order online, will you ship it to me?
We do not currently offer shipping of our products, however delivery may be available in some circumstances. Please contact us for more information.
How does your online store work?
Simply browse our store, select whatever products you would like, and proceed to the checkout. Some products are special order, or cannot be guaranteed to be a certain size (Trout for example). For any special order products, you can contact us to order directly from us. Once the checkout process has been completed, we will contact you within 24 hours to arrange a pickup time.
Can I get your products anywhere else?
Aside from ordering directly from us or coming to see us at one of our farmers markets, our products are offered by many retail stores, restaurants and caterers. Please visit the Where to Buy page to see the closest retail location to you.