Aunt Dotty Oysters, the younger cousin of Island Creeks, are one of our most treasured creations. Small, savory and sweet - these are easy oysters to open and easy oysters to love.
Farmer: Skip Bennett
Location: Saquish, MA (on the other side of Duxbury Bay)
Size: 1.5"-2" consistent cull
Farming Technique: Despite being grown in the same body of water as the Island Creeks, these oysters are quite different. They are grown off of the bottom in various types of gear depending on where they are in their grow-out. The site itself is exposed at low tide for much longer than the ICO farm, which makes the Aunt Dotty's a bit sweeter than the Island Creeks. This is because of the well-developed adductor muscle that holds the shells together when the oyster is out of water.
Unique Factor: We have jokingly called these "Skip's Reserves". The Aunt Dotty's are grown right off the deck of the Bennett family's off-the-grid cottage. They're named Aunt Dotty Oysters after Skip's great aunt who lived in the cottage with her five children for most of the year.
Salinity: We'd give these a 6 out of 10 (a touch saltier than the Island Creeks).
Flavor Notes: Delicate, but complex flavor. Similar to the ICO's but sweeter and more buttery. Very easy to shuck.