Just as an aside from the Yellowstone narrative I’m doing — we did go to Annapolis last weekend to visit with Cindy’s parents for Mother’s Day and stopped by to pick-up a seafood lunch for all of us like we often do.
There we discovered that the Chesapeake Bay blue crabs weren’t even being advertised; no printed signs, no chalk boards, no prices… no nothing. I asked and heard that they only had two sizes available, medium and large. The medium crabs were going for $25 per dozen, which is in line with the price they were last year. The large crabs were going for $50 per dozen, which represents a price increase of some 60+ percent over last year’s prices!
There were no extra-large crabs, nor were there any jumbos. And it’s been at least a decade or more since I last saw colossal crabs being offered anywhere in the Chesapeake region.
We did see some tiny, barely legal (5-inch males — only — per the state of Maryland), pre-steamed crabs in a display case that were going for $1 apiece, but — truly — they were so small as to not be worth the effort of picking the meat out of their shells.
Note: The sign to the right is from the same seafood business last year, with the prices from the same time last year (Mother’s Day weekend). This will give a sense of what the prices may be doing for this year.
Chilling, isn’t it?