Mere Point Large Oysters from Brunswick, Maine
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These oysters are available for delivery through 12/24/21 only. Please select a delivery date in checkout accordingly. We cannot process orders for these oysters for dates beyond a 12/24/2021 delivery date.
Farmer: Doug, Tyler & Cam Niven, and Dan, Derek and Jesse Devereaux
Location: Mere Point, Brunswick, ME
How they’re grown: 1-2mm oyster seed starts in upwellers where they grow to 8-10mm before being placed in bags. The bags are loaded into floating cages and tumbled regularly in a solar-paneled tumbler to create deep cups. The oysters take between 18-24 months to reach market size.
How they taste: Dense meats provide a blast of classic Maine brininess, like jumping in the cold, salty ocean with your mouth open.
Why they’re unique: Location, location, location! Maquoit, Middle & Mere Point Bays in Brunswick are long, shallow coastal embankments that makeup one of two areas of statewide ecological significance. The pristine waters in this area are known for diverse habitats and a wide array of ecological values including vast salt marshes and intertidal mudflats. The environment supports an abundance of species, making it a focus area for land conservation and restrictive development standards. Mere Point oysters spend their lives feeding in shallow, warm, nutrient-rich waters which contribute to their plump meats and strong, durable shells.
Story: Two dads, four sons, and one smooth oyster operation. As Brunswick’s Marine Warden, Dan Niven was looking for ways to improve local shellfish populations. Doug was serving on Brunswick’s Rivers and Coastal Waters Commission and was keen on finding new ways to give back to his coastal community. They both wanted their sons to be committed to protecting Maine’s valuable marine resources that they grew up loving, and in 2014 Mere Point Oyster Company was born. Both families live and work on the bay and had been noticing drastic changes in the environment and declines in local lobster and clam populations. Shellfish farming provided the ability to diversity commercial fishing efforts and provide a positive impact on the bay’s ecosystems.