Long Reach Oysters from Harpswell, ME


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Quantity: 50 Count

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Lincoln Smith

Size: ~2.5"

An upfront briny burst, followed by a crisp umami/meaty flavor and a sweet finish.

About Long Reach Oysters

Harvest location: Long Reach Cove, Harpswell, ME

How they’re grown: Grown primarily in floating cages, these oysters are carefully handled through the 1-2 years it takes them to mature from planted seed to market size. As they grow, they are moved into larger mesh size bags and regularly sorted and managed to best develop a cupped shape. In the winter, the cages are sunk to the bottom to avoid the ice and survive the winter in Long Reach Cove.

Why they’re unique: 
Maine winters can be tough, but cold Maine waters make excellent oysters. Currently, they are the only variety of oyster actively cultivated in Long Reach Cove, a long narrow cove bordered by conservation land and adjacent to salt marsh with a "silty" mud bottom habitat.

Battling barnacles and green algae, Lincoln Smith leverages his background in environmental science/biology and knowledge from growing up in Harpswell to bring these oysters to you. Lincoln is always thinking about how they can maximize their relatively short harvesting season (April-December) by trying new growing approaches and leveraging the natural environment. So far so good, as these oysters have gained a quick regional following, especially in The Shop in Portland, where ICO shuckers shuck them as fast as people can eat them.

⚠ Prop 65 Warning

Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Oyster FAQ

How long do my oysters keep?

Your oysters keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days!  You can order a day or two early to make sure you have them in time for your gathering.  They are totally fine hangin’ out in the cool air.  

How do I store these bad boys?

When you receive your package, pull them out of the box (these guys need a little fresh air!). Grab a mixing bowl and throw the mesh bag in the bowl so that the oysters don’t leak all over your refrigerator. Grab a damp cloth and throw the cloth over the bowl.  You are good to go for the next 5-7 days. Doesn’t hurt to dampen the cloth each day to keep them moist and chilled.

Should I keep them on ice?

Only put the oysters on ice before service.  The oysters will actually die in the melted fresh water so do not store the oysters on ice.  They will not like this.

How are they shipped?

We ship using FedEx Overnight service. You will receive tracking info after the label has been printed the day before your oysters are set to arrive.  We do not require a signature – Fedex will leave your package at your doorstep.

Is your packaging recyclable?

Short answer: YES!

Our ClimaCell thermal liners are made of 90% FSC certified virgin kraft paper and corn starch, which allows you to recycle the insulated liner at home along with the cardboard box.⁠

Not only are the liners water repellant, they’re just as insulating as traditional styrofoam AND they can be recycled up to 5 times. Saving the planet has never been easier.⁠

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