We Buy Local Fish!

We are lucky enough to be located in a region where fresh seafood is abundant, and we take advantage of that bounty in our cooking and our menus. North Carolina oyster aquaculture is vibrant and thriving, so we buy hundreds of beautiful little bivalves from out on the coast each week. Local fishermen pull amazing things out of our coastal waters— from blue crabs to flounder, from kingfish to scallops, and from clams to tuna and mahi, all of which end up here in Hillsborough, fresh and on our menus. And even though we certainly have our favorites here at JP, we also have a rule: buy what’s fresh, feature what’s in season.

Our friends at Locals Seafood put it better than we can: “Everyone in the state should have access to the bounty caught off our coast. It’s your public resource. Enjoy it.”

An important aspect of sourcing is community. By bringing in local fish, we are supporting NC fishermen. By broadening our relationships with local seafood distributors, we do our part for the local economy and environment. Not only does local, sustainable sourcing have a lower carbon footprint, but it requires less preserving or processing and yields fresher fish!

Dean James