Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Oyster Sale Friday, Sept 29!


SOLD OUT!

We will have oysters available for direct-sale in Portland this Friday (Sept. 29)! $15/doz or $1 each on orders over 50 oysters. To reserve yours, email orders@winneganceoysterfarm.com. We are harvesting to-order and will not have extras on hand.

We have a new pickup location this season (8 Pleasant Ave, Portland). We will be open from 4-8PM.





Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bumper Crop

Our next crop is coming of age!  It is very exciting to see such fast growth. To celebrate, I'm putting together an Open Farm Day in the coming weeks. I'll be offering farm tours and fire-sale deals on oysters bought directly off the farm. Get your canoes and kayaks ready! Stay tuned for details.






Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Clams Planted!

Many of the littleneck clams I'm growing for my SARE research project are finally big enough to plant in the mud. Though still far from market size, they have grown a TON- from the size of half a sesame seed to more than 1 cm across in overachieving individuals. All this since mid June!

Sieving clams before planting last week




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Research Update


Many of the littleneck clams I planted in late June are almost big enough to move from the floating nursery to grow-out bags in the mud. There is quite a bit of size variation in the crop-  I was excited to find a number of individuals that have grown tenfold in length in the last 48 days!

Monday, July 10, 2017

We're Back!

The red tide has lifted and we are harvesting (some very beautiful) oysters!



Saturday, July 1, 2017

In the meantime...

Home-made lantern nets

  To my continued frustration, the red tide is sticking around. In the meantime, I've been building and testing gear for my SARE research project. My littleneck clams arrived a full month early. I had to scramble to put together nursery bags to accommodate the 80,000 tiny, tiny, (tiny), seeds.  The gear is looking nice though, and the seed has already put-on good growth in the last few weeks. 
  The oysters are growing incredibly fast. I am quickly running short on room while I'm waiting for the tide to lift and the market to open up again. I am getting very eager to sell some oysters.




















80,000 little neck clams
               

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Spring

After a very busy April and May, a massive red-tide washed in, closing most of southern Maine to shellfishing. I am very grateful for the state's food-safety vigilance, but waiting around to sell oysters is a drag! When the waters clear there will much to harvest!

In the meantime, we've been getting ready for our new research project- building equipment and preparing the farm for the arrival of 80,000 hardshell clams. We are eager to resume on-the-farm science, and relish the thought of bringing home littlenecks along with our oysters. YUM!

After some careful consideration, we will not be offering CSA shares for the 2017 season. We will still offer direct sales by appointment, and are hoping to find some other ways to get our product out. We are currently looking for a partner (restaurateur or caterer) for a pop-up oyster-dinner series. Contact jordan@winneganceoysterfarm.com