Not exactly a farm, but a fitting way to start this project off.
I was pleased to attend the annual "Blessing of the Nets" service in Port Burwell last week, hosted by Martin's Fish Market and officiated by The Reverend Robert Clifford of the Trinity Anglican Church.
The Blessing marks an unofficial start to the fishing season, although some hardy souls start as soon as the water is clear enough of ice.
No matter my own religious beliefs, I found it very moving to be among a close-knit community on a FRIGID day to observe a ritual prayer for safe harbor, smooth waters and a bountiful catch, in the rich tradition of fishermen going back to the humble men who were called away from their nets to become 'fishers of men.'
According to the official Provincial web page:
Commercial fishing is part of Ontario's heritage and culture. Many towns, such as Port Dover and Port Stanley on the Canadian shores of Lake Erie, were founded because of commercial fishing activities.Today, the towns of Kingsville and Wheatley Harbour are home to some of the largest commercial freshwater fish processing centres in Canada.
Furthermore, as of 2011 (The latest Canadian census), Ontario commercial fishers
The fish might go all over the world, but IMHO the best way to enjoy it is at one of the many fish-n-chips stands or trucks that line the Lake Erie coast during the warmer months, or fresh from your own grill.
I look forward to heading out on the water soon and tracing the path of some fresh Lake Erie perch or pickerel from the net to the table. Stay tuned!
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