Just this past Sunday, I got the chance to meet Tony Kantorski at the Las Olas Gourmet Farmers Market in Fort Lauderdale and experience the last fresh stone crabs of the season (it runs from Oct. 15 to May 15, every year) at Steve's Stone Crab, one of several vendors selling Florida's bounty at this small but excellent market. Tony is here every Sunday (look for the market on the corner of SE 12th Ave. and Las Olas Blvd.), selling things like Key West pink shrimp and Florida grouper filets out of coolers in the back of his pickup truck.
His regular customers know to call in advance to ask Tony to hold their orders, since fresh Florida seafood is in such high demand! And did you know Florida stone crabs are a sustainable seafood? After their claw is taken, they are thrown back into the water to regenerate it for the next season.
See my video below (shot with my Kodak Zi8 pocket video camera, love that thing!), where I chat with Tony about Florida seafood and have a look at the seafood inside his coolers. I ordered half a pound of the claws for five dollars (three claws) and sat at a nearby table to enjoy them with some tangy mustard sauce. Why not swing by next Sunday and pick up your own spread of Florida seafood for the ultimate oceanic barbecue!