The winter ice has melted from the lakes of Muskegon County. There will soon be blooming daffodils, robin sightings…and a lot more fishing!
Ken Fischang, a former Convention and Visitors Bureau Director for Saugatuck-Douglas and Sonoma County (CA), recently moved back to Michigan. During a visit to Muskegon last year, Ken stumbled upon The Fish Monger’s Wife. He was smitten with the charm, history and quality of the family business. So enthusiastic was Ken in relaying the discovery, we asked if he would write it down for us to share in a blog!
Here is what Ken had to say:
On a recent trip to Muskegon a roadside sign caught my eye as I was coming into town, it read “The Fish Monger’s Wife”.
For a guy who has “Fish” in his last name and grew up as an avid fisherman on a lake in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I was intrigued. After my meeting concluded, I map quested my way to this wonderful place.
I was greeted by a sunlit interior with hardwood floors and bright skylights with a delicious display of smoked and fresh local fish.
Behind the spotless,shining counter was the smiling Fish Monger’s Wife herself, the delightful Amber Mae Petersen.
The first words she spoke after welcoming me to her shop were music to my ears,
“Would you like to sample anything?” “Would I ever!” I enthusiastically replied.
I tried a variety of smoked whitefish, salmon, lake trout, homemade fish sausage and something I had never had before, smoked Cisco. Amber explained that Cisco was a freshwater herring from the great lakes. She also told me how her family has been fishing the great lakes for more than ninety years.
She started selling their fresh fish only at local farmers markets. Then they added smoked fish using a traditional saltwater brine and 100% wood fired smokehouse- just like her great Grandpa Ben and Great Grandma Oral Petersen did many years ago.
This multi-generational family run business is a treasure for anyone who enjoys fresh, local seafood. They also offer discounts on different amounts of bulk purchases as part of their Seasonal Whitefish program varying from the Little Fish package (10 pounds of fillets) to the Monger package (35 pounds of fillets). Additionally, with a minimum of 10 pounds of Whitefish, you are eligible for special sale prices on Lake Trout, Lake Perch, Smelt and Ground Fish which is Whitefish, Lake Trout and combo mixes to use in place of ground turkey or chicken. Amber features some ‘fishalicious” recipes on her website as well.
This place brings back fun images of my mother as she has often raised her right hand and pledged,
“My name is Peg and I am a Fishaholic!”
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 28th; visit The Fish Monger’s Wife and have a delicious taste of Muskegon’s fishing history.
The Fish Monger’s Wife
2127 West Sherman Blvd.
Muskegon, MI 49441