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East Beach Blonde Oysters from Charlestown, RI

These oysters are available for delivery on or before Thursday June 24th. Please select a delivery date in checkout accordingly. We cannot process orders for these oysters for dates beyond June 24th.

Farmer: Nick Papa

Location: Ninigret Pond, Charlestown, RI

Size: Petite/Selects

How They're Grown: East Beach oysters start between 1 and 3 mm in an upweller. From there, they are moved out into a rack and bag system. The consistent tending leads to a thicker shell and uniform shape. Once they graduate from the rack and bag system they are placed either in trays or directly on the hard sand bottom. The trays offer an extremely consistent product and the bottom culture pieces vary slightly in shape but have a higher density shell and deep cup.

Why They're Unique: Ninigret Pond is connected to the Atlantic Ocean with a thin channel known as a “breachway”. This helps East Beach oysters get the best of both worlds—the salinity of the ocean with the complexity of flavor from mixing the waters inside the pond. On any given day the water temperature can fluctuate 10° with the tide which adds layers of flavor.

Story: Nick started the farm in 2003 as a way to diversify my commercial shellfishing income. What started as a part-time job quickly turned into a full-time expanding business. Harvesting high-quality steamers, mussels oysters and littleneck’s from the wild ignited his passion for high-quality food and seafood.


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