Hi, I'm Charlie Counts, the owner and voice of Local Seafood Delivery LLC. We are a small family-run business formed in October of 2010. I live in Salem, VA and personally travel to Topsail Island, NC to pick up fresh, local seafood from our friends at Surf City Crab, a seafood market/dock on the island. My mission is to bring fresh, local, and wild-caught seafood to my friends, restaurants, and fellow seafood lovers here in Virginia.
My family has been part of the local food movement for over a decade raising a small herd of Black Angus cattle on the farm I grew up on in southwest Virginia. It just so happens we are now a surf and turf family. The surf side of our story began as a friendship between our family and local fishermen on Topsail Island, NC many years ago. Every time we went to the beach, we would get our fresh seafood from the crew at Surf City Crab. I de-headed a lot of shrimp in those days, trust me. Surf City Crab started as a tiny crab shack in the 1970s and has grown into the seafood market/dock we know and love today.
During a family beach trip to Topsail in the summer of 2010, we loaded up a cooler full of fresh, locally caught seafood and brought it to The Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, VA where my mom and brother worked. The restaurant, opened in 2007, is a pioneer in the local food movement. The seafood was a huge hit with The Harvest Table and I wanted to take that philosophy and expand it to restaurants and individuals where I live now - in the Roanoke Valley. People deserve to eat the best, and they deserve to know where their food comes from. This is my 6th year delivering seafood to Roanoke and people are loving it! Place an order today and become part of the family - we know you'll be hooked too!
Fresh seafood that's never frozen tastes bette, period. I source our seafood as locally as possible from the Carolinas so it doesn't need to be frozen to make the trip. My goal is to continue delivering seafood from a local source to restaurants and individuals so that people can enjoy the difference between fresh and frozen.
How fresh is fresh? I pick up your seafood on Wednesday with most of the catch coming from the waters of North Carolina within one-two days, sometimes hours, after being caught. The dock fillets your order, I pack it on ice in our coolers, and make my first delivery of the trip 6 hours later to the River and Rail restaurant in Roanoke, VA. I begin selling at the Historic City Market Thursday morning at 9am. On Thursday, your seafood is less than 24 hours off the dock and I tend to sell out quickly. Your seafood is guaranteed to be fresh and safe to eat on Saturday night for dinner with your family and friends. Additionally, you can freeze any of your fresh products because they have never been previously frozen.
I live in Salem, VA and travel to Surf City, NC on Topsail Island (303 miles from my backyard) every Wednesday to pick up the fresh catch of the week. I have access to all kinds of fish from around the world, but I encourage what's coming in domestically, especially locally in the Carolinas and Virginia. The dock has built close relationships with commercial fishermen over the years, both in the immediate area and surrounding states. The dock can count on the fishermen to harvest sustainably, respecting by-catch and limit/size quotas, and the fishermen can count on the dock to purchase what they harvest.
I guarantee that you will know where your seafood comes from each week. Not all fish is in season in NC and VA at all times during the year. During these times the dock will get domestic, wild-caught, and fresh seafood flown in from Boston, Florida, the Gulf, and Alaska. If you are searching for a specialty item that we have to source elsewhere, we will oblige you if it's available. Of course, we encourage what's coming domestically and sustainably as much as possible.