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Farmer: Krista Tripp
Location: South Thomaston, Maine
How they’re grown: Aphrodite oysters are grown in bags or cages that float on top the water, where there is the highest concentration of food so they have plenty to eat. If you've ever gone swimming in Maine during the summer you know it is COLD! The colder the water the slower the oyster growth and that is why these beautiful oysters can take up to 3 years to reach market size [the patience pays off!]. They are also beginning to bottom plant some product to maximize their lease, so be on the look out in the next few years for a special oyster from this farm. More grow out methods = more amazing Maine oysters!
How they taste: Clean, crisp, and briny with a sweet finish.
Why they’re unique: Being located at the mouth of Weskeag River, Krista's grant reaps the benefits of the colder waters coming in at every high tide. The Gulf of Maine is an epicenter of summer migration routes for whales, tuna, and others looking to gorge themselves on the ecosystem fueled by these nutrient rich waters. Hey, if it's good enough for a 1,0001b. tuna, then its good enough for her oysters!
Story: Krista started growing Aphrodite oysters in 2017, after learning about (and subsequently falling in love with] aquaculture. She decided to name her farm and oysters "Aphrodite" out of the love and appreciation she has for Maine's beautiful ocean, coasts, and islands. As a native Mainer, the beauty that Maine's Coasts offers is something that continually inspires her and she wants to think of Maine when they eat her oysters. When Krista is not busy growing delicious Maine oysters, she also captains a lobster boat!