Cod and canned tuna were about the only fish dishes on Judy Blessing’s menus before moving South. “Being from a Catholic family, I can remember eating fish every Friday,” recalls the Athol, Mass., native. “We only had cod with tartar sauce or tuna casserole. Nothing fancy.” Plus, she wasn’t allowed in the kitchen, either, except to do the dishes.
All that changed when she married her husband, Frank, in 1977, and moved on board a 32-foot sailboat dubbed “Moon Mist.” For six years, the newlyweds toured the world, sailing to the Caribbean, Ireland, England, the Mediterranean and finally the South. In 1983, they docked their boat in Beaufort, becoming the first to tie up at the new downtown dock. They started a farm and settled into the county where they knew they could farm and fish.
Find out more about Judy Blessing and her fellow Nutrition Leaders in Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas. It is available from North Carolina Sea Grant by calling 919/515-9101 or 252/222-6307, from your local bookstore, or from UNC Press.
Contributed by Joyce Taylor