Tess on the Town: Local fish purveyor has ties to Alaskan industry

I’m always learning new things from my readers.

After last week’s column on the Christmas Eve tradition of serving seafood, a gentleman told me about his favorite place to buy fish in the Grand Valley: Jammin’ Salmon Seafoods.

Jammin’, which sells its catch from Alaska by order, has been operating in western Colorado since 2003. Owner John Harrington is a 30-year commercial fisherman who divides his time between Cordova, Alaska, and Palisade. He fishes the Gulf of Alaska for Copper River salmon from May to September. All of the fish he sells are either caught by him or purchased from fishermen known to him personally, according to his partner and fellow fish lover John Varga.

Varga, who also lives in the valley, was a longtime customer of Harrington’s who decided to partner in the business last year. Varga is a competitive barbecue chef and “foodie” who runs the retail side of the business.

Depending on the time of year and run conditions, Jammin’ sells sockeye salmon, king salmon, black cod, halibut, halibut cheeks, snapper, lingcod and king crab. Immediately after catch, the fish are filleted, scaled, water glazed, vacuum sealed and flash frozen, Varga said.

Jammin’ delivers to customers across western Colorado. The company has customers in Telluride, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. For customers in the Grand Valley, deliver is free with no minimum order and, according to Varga, he strives to deliver within 24 hours.

See the company website, http://www.jamminsalmonseafoods.com, for details and prices.

CHRISTMAS IS FOR THE DOGS: If you’re a doting pet owner and plan to put something under the tree for your best friend, you might want to check out the goodies at Chow Down Pet Supplies at 2518 Broadway in the Albertsons shopping center.

Chow Down sells a number of interesting, ummm, chewies that dogs just love. My dogs adore the pigs ears and bison kneecaps.

Other products: lamb ears, cow ears, bison tendons, bison shin bones, pig kneecaps, pig knuckles, and a long-lasting treated called the bully, which is in fact, bull penis.

NAUGHTY AND NICE: Everyday magazine pet columnist Sarah Zorn has this list of good and bad items for your dog’s diet.

Bad: chocolate, coffee, alcohol, raisins, grapes, onions, milk, avocado and macadamia nuts. Cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower can cause gas but are OK in small doses.

Good: Lean meats, fish, tuna, olive oil, eggs, egg shells, yogurt, carrots, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes and pumpkin.

SANTA’S HELPERS: And, lastly, Zorn said Santa’s reindeers probably don’t share Santa’s love of milk and cookies. They’d prefer a bowl of berries, acorns and a carrot.

Merry Christmas.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The food product came into being about 1902. Its packaging was designed with a string attached to it so it could be hung as a Christmas tree ornament. The answer is Animal Cracker.

QUOTE: “What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.” — Phyllis Diller

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