Got Lobster?

Posted: March 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Marblehead, Paul Crowell Lobsters, Seafood | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

Marblehead lobsterman Paul Crowell is probably not familiar with the word locavore or the buzz surrounding the concept—but he is certain to delight those in search of local seafood at a bargain price.

Born in Marblehead, Crowell started working his traps 49 years ago, and not too long after began selling his catch at Fort Beach. An affable, easygoing guy with striking blue eyes and a ready smile, he has become a well-known local fixture.

Recently, he moved his storefront, which consists of his pickup truck, a cooler, and a scale, to the parking lot of the Marblehead Boat Yard at 89 Front St., just behind the Landing Restaurant. Crowell said the move affords an increase in foot traffic and better visibility for cars driving by.

Crowell’s business is cash only, but it’s well worth the stop at an ATM before heading down to Front Street. Prices change with the market, but he sells his lobsters for a dollar or two per pound over what he would net selling them to wholesale distributors.

This weekend, he was selling chicken lobsters (a pound or under) for $5.99/lb and selects for $6.50/lb. A few miles away, Super Stop and Shop in Vinnin Square was selling chickens for $10.99 a pound and selects for $12.99/lb! You can’t ignore savings like that, and the freshness is guaranteed.

In the winter, Crowell takes his boat out two to three times a week, weather permitting, and in the summer he’s on the water every day. When we visited him, the lobsters he was selling had been caught that morning, and having sampled his wares, we can attest to the incredible difference that makes in the taste.

Crowell is only open for business Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00-4:00 pm. Sure, finding parking on Front Street during a weekend afternoon may be difficult, but having to walk a few blocks gives you an excuse to enjoy Marblehead’s historic waterfront or pop into the shops on Washington Street. Whether you’re a dedicated locavore or simply a lobster lover, for off-the-boat freshness at a bargain price, Paul Crowell’s operation can’t be beat.

Paul Crowell
89 Front St, Marblehead
Sat & Sun 2:00-4:00