North Spokane market prepares 3,500 pounds of holiday crab | Business
Time is ticking down to the end of the holiday season and families will soon be sitting down to a feast and oh, how they’ll feast. They’ll feast on the roast beast, the pudding and - the crab.
It seems unusual to throw a little crab in the mix, but it’s a holiday tradition for families all over the nation - and even the world. To prepare - Williams Seafood Market, located at 2118 N. Ruby, Ste. A, is cleaning and gutting over 3,500 pounds of crab that can feed about 7,000 people. It's the busiest time of the year for crab.
Owner, Mike Offield, isn’t sure how the crab tradition started, but he likes it.
“It’s been a tradition for a lot of folks for a long time,” Offield shared. He continued, “Nobody really knows where it came from. It just happened. I bought the store five years ago and it was like that when I bought it.”
Even if nobody knows where the tradition came from - it brings in a lot of orders. For four days each year the Market brings in extra help to handle the extra loads of crab for an all-hands on deck assembly line. They hope to finish tonight by at least midnight or 1 a.m.
“We have a good group of people. Everyone has their spot - everyone know what they need to do,” said Offield.
The crab is shipped in pre-cooked from Oregon. It’s loaded off the truck to be immediately washed. They’re handed off to the workers inside who gut and split the stock, finally adding them into the cases for order pick-up.
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“We have orders for about 3,300 pounds right now,” Offield added.
That means about 200 pounds of crab remain to sell on Christmas Eve. They’re not taking any more orders, but they’re open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday to sell the remaining crabs that were not included in an order.