DC Metro is cool because you can get crabs pretty much throughout the year. HOWEVER...crabs are the kinda thing you only think about eating when you can sit outside and eat them, apparently, so it's difficult to find them when it's cold out.
And it's already cold.
One thing I'm not that crazy about is not being able to find Blue Crabs frozen throughout the year as you can in Louisiana. It's just not possible in my "hood." Because of this, I've learned to stay prepared.
The place near me where you can get crabs steamed is closing up shop on November 1, so I had to get some with the quickness before I forgot and missed out. I figure I'll do two more big pots of gumbo before it's no longer "gumbo season" in my head, so I bought a dozen steamed crabs tonight.
I've since cleaned them and broken them in half and they are sitting on a cookie sheet drying. Then...I'm going to double bag freeze them, half a dozen per bag.
Oh...and I always ask for extra claws.
This way...I always have crabs for gumbo even if they aren't frozen and raw. I just learned to put them in last so they don't overcook.
If you're in the DC Metro area...check to make sure you can still get crabs in your area come the holidays. If not...you'd better get to getting! Hell...I've learned how to make this East Coast living WORK!