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Norumbega Oysters from Damariscotta, Maine

Farmer:  Kellie and Eric Peters

Location: Damariscotta River, mid-coast Maine

Size: 3.25" consistent cull

Farming Technique:  The oysters start as seed grown in floating bags on the surface for the first year, then bottom-planted for another 1.5-3 years. No dredging on this farm, you could say they are much more “hands on” than that. Once the oysters have reached market size, they are pulled from the water by scuba diving. Yep, even in the winter. The diver carefully selects what is harvested, leaving the thinner oysters in place to continue to grow and pulled at a later date.

Unique Factor: Eric knew as early as high school that a career in aquaculture was right for him. He and his wife Kelly bring with them over 20 years of expertise growing and har- vesting shellfish to their family run farm. Norumbega Oyster Farm was started in 2006 and managed to grow in size every year since!

Salinity:  We'd give these a 7 out of 10 (a bit saltier than the Island Creeks) 

Flavor Notes:  The long grow out and cold Maine waters make for a beautifully strong shell. Clean overall, and VERY meaty. High burst of salt upfront with sugar and zinc throughout. Not overly complex, making them approachable, crisp and refreshing!

 ***These are only available for delivery on Thursdays and Fridays.

***The cut-off for next day delivery is 3pm EST.

 


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