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Q: What is Shad? I saw it in your seafood case.

A: The American Shad is the largest fish in the herring family. Every spring, shad migrate from salt water to fresh water to reproduce. Fishermen call this the “annual spring shad run,” which nearby Lambertville, NJ commemorates in their annual Shad Fest:!

McCaffrey’s sells shad and shad roe in their seafood department, even though it is extremely seasonal and rare to find. For a great recipe staring shad, please visit Seafood 101.

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