Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Oysters are Ready...


I spent the last two days working long hours on the farm. The moon was near full and I worked until well after dark. The work was grueling but it was beautiful out on the water


It has been a tough season. The winter took a sizable toll on my crop- I lost oysters to the months of harsh weather, peculiarities of my site, rookie mistakes, and some good old fashioned bad luck. Its been a huge undertaking catching up. The conditions that make my oysters grow so fast also feed the creatures that clog-up and weigh-down my gear. I have never seen so many sea-grapes, sea-squirts, sea anemones, mussels, skeleton shrimp, and tunicates!

All the work seems to be paying off. The oysters I still have are growing very fast and a very large portion are already at market size at only a year old. I've just received my harvester's permit and have just a few minor details to sort out before I can begin selling my crop. It's an exciting time.



In the next couple of weeks, I'll begin taking pre-orders for weekly harvests. Oysters will be sold by the dozen at a very reasonable price. Pick-up will be at my house in Portland (with my current permit, I am only allowed home sales- no deliveries). There will be more details to come...