Farmer: Skip Bennett
Location: Duxbury, MA
Size: Small to Medium in size under 3"
Farming Technique: Despite being grown right next to the Island Creeks, these oysters are quite a bit a different. A very special oyster with an interesting backstory that also inspired our Boston and Portsmouth restaurants.
Skip’s Bennett's first “pivot” from his original Island Creek Oysters. Skip has always grown the Island Creek seed (baby oysters) in off-bottom gear before bottom planting them at about 6 months old. Five years ago--in attempt to show the 'hand of the grower' in the final product--Skip decided to leave the 34th row in the trays for the whole grow out process. Hence the name Row 34’s.
Unique Factor: They are unique in that they grow right next to the Island Creek Oysters, yet never touch the bottom of the Bay, and actually taste different. A perfect example of merroir and of the innovation happening in our industry. These oysters were so good we named a restaurant after them.
Tasting notes: The Row 34’s are a bit cleaner than the Island Creeks. Still briny, but less vegetal, earthy flavors because they are not bottom planted. Clean, crisp with mineral notes. A splash of salt water.
Salinity: We'd give these a 5 out of 10 (a touch saltier than the Island Creeks)
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