Here in New England, there’s nothing quite like slurping down an oyster so fresh and briny, it just tastes like home. I make it a point to try regional seafood (if available) wherever we travel, but one of our favorites will always remain Island Creek oysters, farmed in Duxbury Bay outside of Boston. I won a tour of their farm at a charity raffle (thanks to Nick for sacrificing all his raffle tickets intended for a bottle of whiskey ; ) and we redeemed it last weekend for a beautiful afternoon with friends.
We started by touring their farmhouse where the oysters are spawned (reproduced) and oyster food (algae) is grown. Fun factoid: did you know oysters are hermaphrodites and can choose whether to be male or female during spawning season? Wonder what I’d choose, hmm… The farmhouse used to be a residential home, and it was interesting to see how resourceful their team was in converting it, having made all sorts of oystering contraptions with their own hands. It was evident that the business was built & grown with love.
We then boated to this floating workstation where the harvest is usually brought to and sorted.
Infant oysters are so small, you can apparently hold a million of ’em in the palm of your hand! We got to hold some above that were about 4 months old, and it takes about 18-24 months before they are ready for harvest.
Now for the highlight of the tour – a seemingly endless supply of rosé and fresh oysters thanks to our fun hosts. I can’t say I have a future in shucking…but everyone else made it look so easy!
A word about this casual outfit – I’ve been living in these AoS denim shorts but they’re now nearly sold out. I hope anyone interested was able to pick up a pair from my earlier posts! As a reminder, they do run big typical of boyfriend shorts so I went one size down. For similar cuffed & distressed options, this lighter pair starts in size 00 for $46 and this shorter pair in petites is $40 and runs very small! Size 0 petite is rather snug on me – if you want a more relaxed look, definitely size up.