Sunday, June 26, 2016

July 1 Harvest

We are planning for a July 1st harvest. Along with our CSA pickups, we will be taking limited direct-orders (oysters are $1.50 ea).

Please submit orders (# of oysters and pickup day ) by 9PM Thurs 6/30.

Pickup will be available
Fri. July 1st      5:00-6:30PM
Sat. July 2nd   11:00AM-Noon

Though one of the perks of buying direct is getting oysters fresh out-of-the-water, oysters from this harvest should be good through the holiday weekend (and beyond) if properly stored. Refrigerate live un-shucked oysters at (40 degrees or colder) flat shell up in an open container. Do not let them sit in standing water. Oysters stored in this manner can stay fresh for 5-7 days. As always, discard any oysters that have opened on their own.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June 24 harvest

There will be another CSA-only harvest this week.

Please submit orders (# of oysters and pickup day ) by 9PM Thurs 6/23

Pickup available
Fri    5:00-6:30PM
Sat   11:00AM-Noon

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Harvest 6/17

We will be harvesting for CSA customers only this week.

Please submit orders (#of oysters and pickup day ) by 9PM Thurs 6/16

Pickup available
Fri    5:00-6:30PM
Sat   11:00AM-Noon

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I broke my foot this morning.

With the help of family and friends, I'm still hoping to bring in harvests for our CSA customers each week. Pick up days and times may vary a little while I'm healing up (working around my helpers' schedules). Please bear with us! They say I'll be ambulatory in three to six weeks. In the meantime, I'll be hobbling around the deck of the Muffin II on crutches, barking orders like a true pirate.

I'll continue to post harvest plans and farm updates both here and on our Facebook page.

Winnegance Oyster Farm

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Grant Experiment

In February I was awarded a grant to test experimental oyster cages from Northeast SARE program (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education). My experimental designs aim to use tidal flow to clean and tumble oysters. After facing a few hurdles tracking down back-ordered supplies, things are finally about ready go!

On Thursday I'll be heading back up to the Darling Marine Center in Walpole to set up the field site. We'll be dropping the anchors, stretching out the experimental longline, and putting out the three treatments.

I'm pretty excited to see how the two experimental cage types do. The first type uses a drum shaped oyster cage on an axle. The cage is meant to turn during the strongest flow of the tide, hopefully cleaning and tumbling the oysters.

"Tumbler Cages" constructed out of 20 gallon soda-syrup barrels, PVC pipes, oyster mesh, and foam floats.

The second type of cage tips during tidal movement, jostling the oysters and exposing them to the air periodically. Ideally this would prevent other species from settling on the oysters and fouling the cage.

I've been looking forward to getting this experiment going since I proposed it in November. I'll keep posting updates as the project progresses.