For those of you who would like to eat more fish but know that most of the fish you can find in our grocery stores is, well let’s say sub par, there is a wonderful resource you may be missing out on right here in WNC. Eric’s Fresh Fish Market used to have a location in Waynesville but my guess is that people didn’t know what a catch it actually was. They currently have locations in Sylva and Franklin. I would dare say that it is worth the drive.
He has wonderful fish from local trout to amazing salmon. I always try to get my patients to stay away from conventionally farm raised fish, especially Tilapia and Salmon. I tell them to instead stick to wild caught Alaskan Salmon like Coho, Sockeye and King. But Eric has some sources that use sustainably raised fish in ocean farms. He could tell you much more about how they are raised. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to shop locally and to shop small businesses. Buying from someone like Eric not only helps the local economy but you get many benefits as well. You can talk to him or his sales people and find out where things are sourced from. He has information he can send you and direct you to places where you can do your own research on what you are eating.
When it comes to fish things to consider are:
- Where does the fish come from?
- What is it’s living environment like?
- What are the fish eating?
- What is the Omega-3 content?
- Does this fish have PCB’s?
- Does this fish have a high mercury content?
The main thing here is to know your vendor. That’s why I stand behind shopping from a small business like Eric’s in WNC. Knowledge is power especially when it comes to your health and the health of your family!