Monday, October 26, 2015

The final push for 2015

In the past few weeks the water has been cooling off rapidly. The oysters' growth has really slowed.

I'm hoping to see enough growth to get some of my many "petite" oysters to a marketable size before I pull out the boat around Thanksgiving. Right now there are so many that are so close!

I had the pleasure of eating many, many oysters with friends this weekend on Deer Isle. I'm happy to report that out of the hundred or so we opened there was not a single dud.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

(Re)-opened for business

I had the pleasure of showing off the farm to a mentor yesterday. Dana Morse from Maine Seagrant / UMaine Cooperative extension came out to see Winnegance Oysters, answer my barrage of questions, and help prep some oysters for harvest. Dana has been a huge help since the farm was just a vague dream to me. The budding aquaculturists of Maine are lucky to have him as a resource.

After nearly six inches of rain last week, the waters have finally re-opened to shellfish harvesting. I used the past week to catch up on cleaning and sorting oysters. There are a lot that are ready to go!  There are even more just shy of harvest-able size that should be ready before we close up shop in November.

I'll be out again Friday, gathering the bounty.

Jordan at the sorting table