Thursday, May 26, 2016

First harvest, 2016

Our first harvest of the season is planned for Friday, June 3.

C.S.A. holders can reserve their shares by emailing orders@winneganceoysterfarm.com

Please indicate pickup day and # of oysters. Our farmstand will be open Fri. from 5PM to 6:30PM and Sat. between 11AM and noon. See the "CSA Shares and Ordering Direct" page for details.

For those without a C.S.A. membership, we will also offer limited direct-sales on the 3rd.  Please reserve oysters using the link above. Oysters are $1.50/ea.







Monday, May 23, 2016

I finished re-floating the farm on Saturday. Overall things are looking really good!

There are still a few things odds-and-ends to take care of before things are really ready for the season. We've gone through about a third of the oysters- cleaning them and pulling off mussels. I am slowly working through retying the rigging for all the cages. Compared to harrowing spring last year, things are looking pleasantly calm.

Now that the oysters are out of hibernation, they will need to fatten up before they are ready to eat. I'll be checking them regularly. I'm expecting to have some stock ready for harvest in a week or two.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Progress

Just before the wind got crazy...
Half the farm is up from hibernation and things are looking good! So far, it looks like there was very little winter loss. I'm pleased. I made a lot of progress this week, though I was hoping to get a little more done yesterday. Unforecast high winds from my worst exposure pushed me off the water. It got crazy out there fast!

I'm hoping the get the rest of the farm set this weekend. After that, the oysters will just need a little time to fatten up before they are ready to go (spring oysters will have small meats when recovering from hibernation).

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Big Job

We are back in the water!

Over the next week I'll be re-floating the oyster cages, taking stock, and cleaning oysters. It's a huge job- really the biggest job of the season. The (already hefty) cages will come up twice as heavy as they went down in the fall- covered with a winter's worth of seaweed and a true menagerie of ocean creatures. The pontoons on each cage need to be opened and emptied of water. Everything needs to be retied to the growing-season longlines. I'll be a busy. See you on the other side.