Recent Harvest Info:
Cultivator: Dale Pridgen, Snow Hill, NC
Operation: Fresh Keepers Cooperative – Eastern, NC
Products available from Locals Seafood: whole fish, skinless fillets
In a quiet corner of Eastern North Carolina, not far from Goldsboro, Dale Pridgen (pic below) taps into the Black Creek Aquifer 400 feet below ground to source some of the cleanest water in North Carolina. He uses this pristine water to raise tilapia, one of America’s most popular fish. Pridgen heads the Fresh Keepers Cooperative, currently seven tilapia producers across the state. It’s a well-known fish that has experienced negative publicity because of overseas farming practices. We are very pleased to offer this outstanding North Carolina grown product, hailing from a region of the state that greatly benefits from this new economy.
The whole fish present beautifully and dramatically, and their consistent year round availability make the product attractive for restaurant menus as well as home cooks. The skin tone of the fish varies from dark to white, with about 70% of the fish white and 30% dark. This variation in color has no effect on the flavor or texture of the fish.
With a mild, firm white skinless and boneless fillet, this tilapia is easily one of the most versatile fish we offer. Retail customers love the familiarity of the fish, and wholesale customers love being able to provide a locally farmed product that tastes great and fuels a strong business community in the eastern part of the state. Being able to source a high demand, high quality tilapia from a collective of skilled farmers within the state is a win for everyone.