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Buying live blue crabs in the Triangle


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Can someone recommend a reliable place to purchase a bushel of live, #1 Jimmie's within 50 or so miles of the Triangle? I would like to avoid driving to the coast if at all possible.

Any experience you've had (good or bad) would be appreciated!

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I've always been able to good crabs at Capital Seafood that's just across Lake Wheeler Rd. from the NC State Farmer's Market in Raleigh.

Dean, your words hold weight, my friend. I called Capital Seafood before I posted; the gentleman quoted $150/bushel, but said he couldn't guarantee if they "all arrived dead." I expect a few dead ones, but all would be bad :huh:

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I bought the bushel of live #1 Jimmies from The Sea Depot, at the corner of Chatham and Maynard in Cary. The crabs were excellent, heavy and big. There were a fair amount of dead ones when I first sorted them (about a dozen), but the crabs were delivered on Friday instead of Saturday due to a personal issue with the crabber. Lee, the owner, said that was a freak occurrence and that I could expect the crabs to come on Saturday every time I order them from now on.

The crabs were $110 a bushel, with a deposit required (cash preferred), but that price may change depending on the time of year and supply. I will definitely order from the Sea Depot again for hard shells.

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