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LAist did a double-take while scanning the seafood counter at Whole Foods on Fairfax last night. Crab was in season and the store signs offered the treat at $5.99 a pound, which is pretty good considering how overpriced items are in that store. That means it's CRAB SEASON!
This 11/20/2004 Daily News article "Hectic crab season is depressing early prices" confirms the obvious:
The season-opening fishing frenzy for the much-desired delicacy causes a glut of fresh crabs during the first few weeks -- depressing prices for fishermen, creating dangerous conditions on the open seas and leading to higher consumer prices later in the season when fresh crabs are in short supply.
That means that crab may be even cheaper at stores all over town this weekend. Ralphs circulars are advertising the tasty critters for $3.99 a pound. A foodie friend whispers that there's a primo cheaper source in Chinatown, but refuses to disclose the store's location until Sunday.
What would a (non-observant) Californian Thanksgiving be without crab on the table? Now gluttons can afford to be extra greedy until crab prices stabilise and Northern California fishermen can earn back their investment.