Ninigret Nectar Oysters from Charlestown, RI


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Matt Behan

Size: ~2.5"

Ninigret Pond is connected via a breachway so the flow inside the pond is limited, taking several days for a full turnover of ocean water, which translates to a lower salinity. Super buttery meat that is as sweet as a turnip or Japanese yam - think earthy, root vegetable-y goodness. Do as Matt does and eat them, “straight up, no training wheels.”

About Ninigret Nectar Oysters

Harvest location: Ninigret Pond, Charlestown, RI

How they’re grown: In wine making, home buying, and oyster farming, location is everything! Matt Behan specifically chose his farming site because it’s tucked away in a beautiful salt pond connected to the ocean. Rhode Island salt ponds are truly special, owing their unique flavor profiles to their various shapes formed by glaciers thousands of years ago! Ninigret Nectars’ growth process starts in May with oyster seed before graduating to a customized version of rack and bag system which prevents the oyster from ever touching the ground and allows 360º water flow. Cages air dry twice a week, resulting in hearty shells and strong adductor muscles. The fastest growers will be ready for harvest starting the following year with the slower growing oysters being harvested up until year three.

Why they’re unique: 
Matt Behan is not only an experienced farmer, but has worked nearly every job one can have on the water – deckhand, dragger, tugboat captain, and even holds a 100GT Master Captain’s license, the highest level license that you can acquire.

Matt Behan got his start around 1998 working on a different oyster farm after graduating with a degree in aquaculture. At first, it was just Matt and his dad; the man who first sparked his love for the ocean, and who taught him how to fish off Point Judith. Maybe it was catching that first fish off Point Judith, or maybe it was the power of his dad’s incredible mustache… Either way, Matt was hooked on the salt life. In 2021, he and his dad transformed three bare acres of sand visible from his backyard into Behan Family Farms. Today, they’re raising up to 1.75 million oysters a year!

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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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