Meet Trevor and Catherine from Wheelhouse Seafoods and Specialty Meats, a seafood company specializing in local, in season, sustainable seafood. Trevor hails from a family of fishermen and cannery workers from the Japanese Steveston community and Catherine (daughter of a sailor) has a restaurant background. They love to create delicious and original seafood delicacies such as crab cakes, prawn and scallop cakes, wild salmon burgers and seafood pasta. They both feel a strong connection to the sea and want to carry on the traditions of those who have always lived by and cared for the sea.
What do you like best about being a Farmers Market Vendor?
The best part of being a vendor at a Farmers Market is being able to talk to your customers one on one about your product. We like dealing directly with the people who buy our seafood and we think they like seeing the faces behind the food that they purchase.
What attracted you to the River District Farmers Market?
We were attracted to the River District Farmers Market because of its lovely location, proximity to the neighbourhood we live and work in (Hastings Sunrise) and the small size so there is room to grow!
What’s your passion other than Wheelhouse Seafoods?
Our greatest passion is our business of sustainable seafood. But other than this, we have a great passion and interest in animals, particularly dogs. We would love to run a dog rescue operation!
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Best part of the job is that it’s great to work outdoors (usually) and do business on a one to one basis.
What’s your least favourite part of the job?
Least favourite part of the job is getting up early! Especially after working a late night market the night before!
How do you unwind after a long day at the Farmers Market?
We unwind after a long day at the market (and more work back at our shop after the market ends) with a long walk with our dog Suki and later a drink on our balcony in the evening!