Miami New Times: Marky's Florida Aquafarm Produces Farm-to-Spoon Caviar
By Nicole Danna, June 30, 2020.
Marky’s Gourmet, one of Miami's largest gourmet markets, isn't just in the business of selling its inventory of about 600 luxury foods. Recently, the company became the largest — and only— producer of beluga caviar in the United States.
This month, Marky's announced the official launch of its own sturgeon caviar. Unlike American sturgeon, wild beluga sturgeon are native to the Caspian and Black seas. The term “caviar," specifically osetra and sevruga, was traditionally reserved only for the roe of fish found in these waters.
In Sturgeon Aquafarms, the retailer has created its own Florida-based fish farm to raise beluga in captivity — a project nearly 20 years in the making.
Zaslavsky and Gelman embarked on their beluga project in 2001. Prior to the U.S. ban, Zaslavsky managed to import sturgeon from the Caspian Sea to Florida. In addition to harvesting the fish and their roe stateside to provide a legal and sustainable food source, the partners wanted to help with worldwide repopulation efforts. Since 2009, Zaslavsky says, the company has donated more than 160,000 fertilized eggs to such efforts.
Today, Zaslavsky's 10,000-square-foot aquafarm in Bascom, located an hour and a half's drive northwest of Tallahassee in the Florida panhandle, is producing beluga, sevruga, and sterlet caviar. The product is sold exclusively in the U.S., online via Markys.com and at retail stores in Miami and New York City. Pricing is similar to imported beluga caviar, starting at $420 per half-ounce and ranging from $8,000 to $15,000 per kilo.
"We're thrilled to finally introduce beluga caviar to the U.S. market," Zaslavsky says. "And we look forward to offering these unique beluga caviar products to consumers while contributing to repopulating the endangered species worldwide.”
Marky's Gourmet. 687 NE 79th St., Miami; 305-758-2005; markys.com.
Source: Miami New Times