I want another boat

It’s time to shift our focus to harvesting, so we won’t be at the growers market this weekend. Catch us back in Los Ranchos next Saturday, July 4th!

I’d like to tell you a little story about some boats in my life.

I have enjoyed living and working on boats and around boat people. The tightest quarters was on the F/V Halcyon back in 1997-1999. Originally a 38 foot fiberglass LeClercq, it was stretched to 41 feet to safely flood the fish hold to 23,000 pound capacity. The 4 bunks were tight to the bow with shared foot space, so you hoped for short crew with a good sense of humor. The Halcyon had an Adriatic diesel stove for heat and cooking with a small inverter for a dorm fridge and small power tools. 100 gallons of cold water allowed week long trips, at most, from the home port of Alitak, Alaska. She was the envy of the fleet in the late 1970’s and a top producer at that time. Running on low fuel and with little ice in the fish hold, the Halcyon has a shallow draft of 13 inches. She is capable of seining salmon in 10 feet of water, rolling along a sandy bottom in small seas and a light wind. When a storm popped up, we could stick it out to 4 foot seas before we would run for cover to the Alitak cannery or anchor up and ride it out with a nap and a few good books (Hugo’s Les Miserables and Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land). It was a good introduction to commercial fishing and a great boat to learn the basics of seamanship. Fishing the Halcyon with good friends you could trust with your life was like camping with a small paycheck.

The most luxurious boat of my career was the 58 foot F/V Aleutian Belle out of Kodiak, Alaska. 6 large bunks for crew with warm storage for all your gear. The captain’s quarters includes a roomy bunk with a comfy pilot house on top. The galley can serve 6 for a month at sea with hot showers and washer + dryer. Fish hold capacity of 119,000 pounds of pink salmon held at 34.5 degrees F. Diesel fuel use of about 100 gallons per day. Satellite radio & tv, wide screen, 300+ movie collection, espresso machine, all electric full size oven/stove, full size fridge, chest freezer, toaster, microwave…EVERY amenity! The Belle has a deep draft, 8 foot waterline most of the time with a heavy deep net built for heavy seas and gale force wind in deep water on capes in heavy currents to catch the most fish. Aleutian Belle fishing is a serious commitment for pros only. These guys keep running hard, 18 hour days for 90 days straight (and that’s just salmon). It earned me good money and life long friends. I had the best set of my career on the Belle, we hauled 69,000 pounds of salmon in 20 minutes!

I have a boat idea in my mind that I want to share with you. I want to create some of the boat experience without the cold water and sharks. I want a cellar underground to cure meat and ferment honey for myself and others. I want to bury a 30 foot fiberglass or wooden boat in the middle of my New Mexico farm. My style of B&B will privately sit in a sea of wildflowers and food growing all around. Is anyone interested in a farm tour culminating in a landlocked sailboat with appetizers made on site beside an oak fire with a glass of boat made Sovereign Meade I make from local honey and hand picked fruit? Entertainment to education, or maybe a bit of both, we call it: edutainment. What is the value of this experience? From farmy to fancy…

Common topics and salons:

Commercial Fish Training 101

Smoke Salmon like a Pro

Knife Sharpening and Ax Throwing

Sovereign Meade Prospectus

Honey Ice Cream Prospectus

Hunter-Gatherer Stories: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Spontaneous Healing through Food and Fellowship

Church of Food

Sustainable Living

Thanks everybody, have a great week! Now I’m hungry, I’m going to fix lunch.


Kenny Aschbacher-The FishHugger

Phoenix July 8&9 – Please Order

We intend to be available in Phoenix on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 & 9 for those who order in advance. Please place your order via email or phone by Wednesday, July 1. Our New Mexico Grassfed Pasture-Finished Beef is back in stock…we know you’ve been looking forward to that! Alaska Wild Sockeye and Keta Salmon are in abundant supply and we’ll even have a bit of Black Cod. Don’t forget the Arizona Local Raw Honey (we have a small selection of specialty raw regional honey too), Bariani Olive Oil and Kenny’s Spice Rub. While supplies last, we also have a small selection of pork in inventory…not enough to list on the website. Cuts currently include: Pork Chops, Pork Fresh Side (sliced) and Pork Belly (unsliced). Please call or email for pork details.

We find that most customers are best satisfied with a custom order. Eat what you want when you want it. Should you require assistance in determining your long-term freezer needs or if you are ordering for a group or multiple families, please let us know, we’re here to help! Our website is updated with the current product list and pricing information, including a few smaller package options. For convenience, here are our bulk stock up options (July 2020) to get you through the summer and/or share with others:

Sockeye Salmon – Case (30 pounds) = $480

Sockeye Salmon – Half Case (15 pounds) = $250

Keta Salmon – Case (30 pounds) = $340

Keta Salmon – Half Case (15 pounds) = $180

Ground Beef – Case (25 pounds) = $300

Ground Beef – Half Case (12 pounds) = $144

Honey Quarts – Case (12 quart jars/3 gallons) = $180

Honey Table Jars – Case (12x12oz jars/1 gallon) $65

Again, please place your order via phone or email by Wednesday July 1. Orders will be picked up at our Phoenix home (near Thomas Rd & 44th St) ONLY by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 & 9. Please request your preferred appointment date and time when you order. We will be staggering pick up appointments to minimize contact. We offer completely contactless transactions and curbside pick up, please advise us of your preference.

If you have already put in a Phoenix order for July and haven’t heard back from us, please re-confirm…we don’t want to miss you!

We welcome any further inquiry, feedback, input or suggestions anytime. Typically, most questions and concerns are best answered by phone. Please call us…we can’t always answer immediately, however, we do return voice messages. Alternatively, you are welcome to schedule a phone consultation via email.

We appreciate you and look forward to helping you stock your freezer and pantry soon!

In Health & Happiness,

Kenny & Brenna Aschbacher-The FishHuggers



World’s Most Nutrient Dense Food!

We shared an amazing meal yesterday with one of our Los Ranchos Growers Market friends. What you eat, where you eat and who you eat with are key to a truly great meal. We enjoyed a nice mixed microgreens salad with spicy breakfast radishes, salad turnips and green onions, topped with Smoked Sockeye Salmon Belly and dressed with Bariani early harvest extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, himalayan sea salt and black pepper. Almost 100% of these ingredients were sourced at our favorite Saturday Growers Market in Los Ranchos…come see us and check out the abundance of local, seasonal produce and food! Maybe I shouldn’t mention that we also enjoyed a glass of homemade lemon mead and a few scoops of Kenny’s famous homemade vanilla ice cream (made with all local milk, cream and eggs).

Seafood is friendly to a multitude of today’s diet plans including: pescaterian, gluten free, mediterranean, paleo, keto and flexitarian. We recommend consuming Alaska Wild Salmon twice per week. It’s healthy and nutritious to everyone from pregnant mothers to the elderly. Our salmon is the single best source of omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) which are essential for our bodies to promote heart health, build immune function, improve blood flow and support healthy brain function and mental health. Alaska Wild Salmon is also naturally high in many essential vitamins (E, A, D and B-12) and vitamins (selenium, potassium, iron and calcium). Additionally, it provides complete, high quality protein. 

Be sure to try both our Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon and Keta Salmon for a nutritious variety! Sockeye is our favorite for smoking, grilling, baking, ceviche and sashimi. Keta salmon is light and mild and makes an excellent replacement for any whitefish. Use for fish tacos or batter and fry for glorious fish & chips. Also great baked or poached.

In Health & Happiness,

Kenny & Brenna Aschbacher-The FishHuggers