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Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent

Purple is the color of Lent

As we woke up to -14 F degree temperatures, yesterday’s snow has already hardened on the patio and the white icy cupola on the balcony continues to get bigger. The sun bathed my flowers in the sunroom and warmed up the cold tiles.

I call my sunroom a COVID-19 sanctuary that protects me from the outside world no matter the season. It offers light and shelter to the outdoor plants that I bring inside in the fall. My mom Ella brings her plants for the winter while she stays in Venice, FL.

However, in the deadbeat of winter, the COVID sanctuary takes on a special meaning as the Phalaenopsis moth orchids start to bloom in their purples and yellows bringing the sunroom alive.

By the orchid blossoms, I know we’re midway into February which means that Ash Wednesday is here. I usually go in the morning to St. Pat’s Church in Parnell to get the ash cross on my forehead, but not this year due to COVID. We didn’t get on the list of 100 people to attend the Ash Wednesday mass, so we will be watching the livestream on TV or Facebook in the evening.

Purple is the color of Lent that preceeds Easter. The tradition has it that we should be giving up something for Lent. I’d rather take on something new, which is fine too. I’ve given up a lot of things including drinking coffee. I drink a myriad of herbal teas instead; I’ve never been fond of coffee anyways. I don’t have a problem giving up meat on Fridays, as I am trying to cut down on meat too.

I tried fasting today with a growling stomach and my eyes set on wild rice soup or gumbo. Like a good catholic girl, I put the soup packets back in the pantry and boiled some broccoli. Tonight, I will make either lentils or cauliflower with eggs.

Lenten change of pace, fish for Fridays

Blue Gills

Where to get your fish

I like the change of pace during Lent. We don’t go out to eat on Lenten Fridays even though we could do a fish fry at any local restaurant. According to the Lenten traditions, we should not eat meat on Fridays. I am a fish lover; I love fish, any fish and all fish.

During winter, I get my fish from DMS Fish Supply at their monthly fish drop in Ada. The next fish drop will be on March 4th with pick up from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Check out the story “In Search of Inspiration: The Fishmonger by clicking on the following link:


You can also go ice fishing on any of the lakes in Michigan. A story is coming up.

Also in purple, the PopUp Book Shop

Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival PopUp Book Shop

Don’t forget to join our “Blind Date with a Book” Virtual Book Festival that runs through February, visit the festival PopUp Book Shop. You must pre-register for all events including Indie author readings and workshops. We still have a lot to offer from comedy writing to creating suspense. Go to:


Stay tuned for my links to the replays of Indie author readings at the Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival.

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The Fishmonger

In search of inspiration: The Fishmonger

Dan Sodini, DMS Fish Supply owner at Ada Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hooked on wild caught fish from the Straits of Mackinac at the local farmer’s markets

By Emma Palova

Ada, MI- It all started with a conversation, a few coolers and a canopy. And a brand-new enterprise was born 10 years ago.

But it took six generations of commercial fishermen, a passion for the great outdoors “Grizzly Adams” style and healthy eating to make the old trade work in new times.

Dan Sodini of DMS is the fishmonger, while his brother-in-law Jamie Massey is the fisherman of the Great Lakes based in St. Ignace.

“An opportunity to begin a small family business of taking wild caught fish from the U.P. to Farmer’s Markets around the state of Michigan came 10 years ago,” said Sodini. “We are celebrating our 10th year anniversary.”

The first market was in Midland, home to the DMS fish crew.

The DMS fish supply crew is based in Midland. Pictured are: Allie Sodini, Emma Sodini, Andrew Steger, Jacob Sodini, Jesse LaRue, Mega Sodini and Josie Sodini.

“We could drive to the U.P., stay with the family and get up and go to the market on Saturday morning,” Sodini said.

Rarely, do you see fish peddled at the local Farmer’s Markets. It’s mostly local home-grown produce spruced up sometimes with cheeses, breads and preserves.

“Some people were delighted and bought fish,” said Sodini. “Others took a little time.”

But after Sodini explained where, when and how the fish was caught, it all became easier.

“Once people tried it, they became customers and they’re still buying fish today,” he said.

Speaking about being hooked on genuine wild-caught fish taste.

Linda buys fish at the DMS booth in Ada.

I discovered the U.P. fish booth three years ago based on a word-of-mouth tip from a friend who lives in Ada.

“You know, there’s this fishmonger at the Ada Market and the fish is excellent,” she said. “Try it.”

Being a fish lover ever since I can remember buying trout at the “Rybena” deli in former Czechoslovakia, I didn’t need to be persuaded.

What first struck me unlike buying fresh fish at the stores, was that there was no fish smell around the booth. Everything was immaculately clean, and then Dan’s impeccable knowledge about the fish, surpassed the fish markets of Marseille.

The first time I bought all three “catch of the day”- fresh walleye, whitefish and trout, smoked whitefish and whitefish dip. It was an unsurpassed feast.

This is my favorite recipe: whitefish or trout baked with pesto and lemon. Bake for 20 minute at 350 F or on the grill.

In the beginning, DMS offered only fresh fillets which included: whitefish, walleye, lake trout, king salmon, yellow perch and smelt.

Over the 10 years, DMS has expanded both the fish selection and the farmer’s market locations.

“Once we realized that we could make a go of it, we expanded into other markets,” Sodini said.

DMS added smoked whitefish, lake trout, salmon and Laker bites, which are skinless, boneless bite size pieces of small lake trout.

“We have added our very popular smoked fish pate made with the fisherman’s recipe,” he said.

The pates include: smoked whitefish, salmon and lake trout. Brand new this year are the Laker patties, a fish burger or fish cake made with fresh lake trout, that can be grilled or sautéed in a skillet.

From August through mid- October, DMS has annual wild king salmon sales of the whole fish which averages 10 to 12 pounds. This yields approximately half to ¾ of the fish.

“With COVID we have experienced both a decrease and an increase in sales,” said Sodini.

The decrease mainly because of people not wanting to come out and take safety precautions while the increase is in direct access to wild caught fish vs. the limited high-priced beef and other meat products.

“From the beginning people chose fish for high quality protein,” Sodini said.

Backed by 150 years of Massey commercial fishing on the Great Lakes, Sodini, a former treatment specialist, found himself in the fish business. During his unemployment, the family had this important conversation about starting a fish distribution business.

“We are honored and proud to be a part of the family legacy,” he said. “We appreciate and are thankful for all of our customers from all over the state of Michigan, who are our friends and have supported us for 10 years.”

“I love what I do! Having the opportunity to offer wild caught fresh and smoked Great Lakes fish at local Farmers Markets is a privilege and a lot of work,” Mega said. But what I enjoy most is meeting each new customer and the friends that we have made over the 10 years we have been going to markets.”

On a Saturday market, DMS sells an average of 150 to 200 pounds of fish.

“The kids grew up on farmer’s markets,” he said. “They get paid and they love it.”

Today, the DMS crew does 12 markets a week:

Ada market on Tuesdays

Brighton on Saturday

East Lansing on Sunday

Flint on Saturdays

Frankenmuth on Wednesday

Holland on Wed.& Sat.

Meridian on Saturdays

Midland on Wed. & Sat.

Mt. Clemens on Sat.

Mt. Pleasant on Thursday

Northville on Thursday

The selling season is from May to October. From November through April, DMS does winter fish drops at the farmer’s markets locations.

“People can order frozen fish products biweekly or monthly,” Sodini said. “We deliver to each of the farmer’s markets location. The fisherman vacuum packs, blast freezes all of our fish fillets.”

You can find individual farmer’s locations at the DMS Facebook page at:


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