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Buster's Seafood, Jimmy and Paige Hogge at the Dupont and Courthouse Markets - Closed


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I'm probably late to this unfortunate news, but sadly the owner of Buster's Seafood, one of my favorite market vendors, passed away early this month. Understandably, they have not been to market (at least Courthouse) since then. Keep them in your thoughts. Hopefully the family can make it through this rough time and continue the business in his honor. If anyone does spot them at a local market, please post here as I'd like to go offer my condolences.

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You know, the wonderful team of Jimmy and Paige continue to be missed. I just got a personal message from one of their fans and thought it might be best to respond here.

For those wanting to know more, The FRESHFARM Markets website probably still retains a blog entry conveying both the sad news of Jimmy's passing and a tribute to this hard-working team of husband and wife.

Paige worked two jobs, three, really, if you count in addition to her official day-job that brought in a steady income and benefits, and her other full-time job as business manager of Buster's, the hat she wore as an advocate for a better life for crabbers and other watermen in her region. This third role she shared with Jimmy since the couple worked together to teach local watermen how to jump through all the hoops they did in pioneering efforts to sell sustainable, local seafood at farmers markets where profits went directly to those who did the hard, risk-taking work.

Jimmy, however, was the sole waterman in the small family business, so the business no longer exists.

Nonetheless, the workshops started by Paige and Jimmy were well attended and there are younger generations of dedicated watermen and women around in an enterprising, resourceful community.

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So, now the question is: did they teach any of those young watermen and women well enough to jump all of the hoops necessary to bring their products to the FreshFarm Dupont Circle Market?

I hope so! It would definitely fill a void. I miss being able to pick up raw clams or rockfish at the market.

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I was saddened to read in the latest FreshFarm Markets newsletter that Paige Hogge passed away last week.

I enjoyed getting to know both Paige and Jimmy a bit when I worked at the stand next to Buster's at the Courthouse market. Jimmy taught me the best way to cook up the rockfish bellies that they sold.

They were good, hardworking people and are, and will continue to be, missed.

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I was saddened to read in the latest FreshFarm Markets newsletter that Paige Hogge passed away last week.

I enjoyed getting to know both Paige and Jimmy a bit when I worked at the stand next to Buster's at the Courthouse market. Jimmy taught me the best way to cook up the rockfish bellies that they sold.

They were good, hardworking people and are, and will continue to be, missed.

Obviously I don't "Like" the post, but rather your tribute to the Hogges. I want to bump this thread up again in tribute, and encourage everyone to retweet this tweet so word gets around.

It's places like Buster's Seafood that make me realize that this forum is one of the most important on the website, to me. If anyone wishes to become a forum host, and really take this to the next level, please write me (it's okay if you work for a Farmer's Market or related entity; all I ask is that you retain objectivity (there are no "ratings" here, so it shouldn't be an issue)). I really, really want this forum to thrive, and I want people to know about Jimmy and Paige Hogge decades from now.

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