When Shannon and I heard that her next field trip would be to the Cape Cod Canal, we were sort of disappointed. We’ve been up and down the canal umpteem thousand times by bike and by foot. And we really thought we’d seen it all. Not to mention, it’s just minutes away from where we live. Where’s the fun in that?
As usual, I was wrong. It was interesting. Very interesting.
Little did I know that we’ve had whales in our canal this past winter. Actually, there were times when the canal was shut down to ships while the whales made their way through. How cool is that? To think that I walk that canal so very often and that I missed the whales floating by. I need to pay better attention, apparently.
Also, it was fascinating to learn about the different types of ships that travel the canal and the cargo they carry. Did you know that a ship that carries vehicles can pack up to 5,000 cars on one ship? That’s a lot of cars.
And even though Shannon wasn’t as captivated as I was, it was a very interesting day. After the presentation was over, I made my way to my car which was parked at a neighboring fish market that I have never visited before.
Considering that the Cape Cod Canal Visitor’s Center is located smack dab on the canal, it makes sense that there would be a fish monger close by. That’s the thing about being a local. We can miss stuff that’s right beneath our noses sometimes.
Joe’s Lobster Mart is an unassuming little market perched right on the canal. Tucked between the local marina and the visitor’s center, it is a little easy to miss.
But I’m so glad I found it. They carry all sorts of good stuff like mussels, clams, fish fillets and even some prepared foods like stuffed clams and chowder.
I was especially happy to find salt cod which I need for an upcoming recipe on A Beautiful Bite. Have you ever cooked with salt cod? I bet if you are Portuguese you have.
I was tempted by so many beautiful pieces of fish, but in the end I picked up a couple of pints of chowder, the salt cod, chopped clams and a bag of mussels which I whipped up into this when I got home.
A field trip that was not only educational but delicious too. Not a bad way to start the week!
How about you? Are you a seafood lover? What do you think of mussels and clams? Love them or hate them?