Massachusetts or Maine - Why Pick? Get Both!
In this package you will receive 50 Island Creeks and 50 Mookie Blues. Classic oyster flavors from each coast, you can decide which is best.
Island Creek Oysters:
Farmer: Skip Bennett (Founder of Island Creek Oysters) and a group of Duxbury growers
Location: Duxbury, Massachusetts
Size: 2.5", round cup, consistent cull
Farming Technique: Island Creeks are nurtured in our hatchery for 3 months, grown in floating upwellers for 3 months, then rack and bag system for 3 months. For the last 12 months of the grow-out process, they are bottom planted "free range" on the mud flats of Duxbury Bay.
Unique Factor: Duxbury Bay has drastic 12 foot tides, which brings lots of new water loaded with food (algae) into the Bay, giving the oysters their unique, complex flavor.
Salinity: We'd give these a 5.5 out of 10 with lots of brine - more "brine" than straight salt
Flavor Notes: Quintessential East Coast oyster, salt at the front, sweet on the finish. Perfectly balanced. These will slap you across the face with complexity!
Farmer: Bill Mook
Location: Damariscotta River, Maine
Size: 2.75", round, deep cup
Farming Technique: Mookie Blues are grown in floating "Oystergro" cages. The cages can be sunk in the winter to avoid ice.
Unique Factor: Bill Mook runs a hatchery, one of the few in New England. They are in control of the entire grow-out process --- as they say, “from petri dish to dinner plate”! Mook Seafarms has been in business for about 32 years and is a strong leader in the industry.
Salinity: We'd give these a 8 out of 10 (a bit saltier than the Island Creeks)
Flavor Notes: A strong salty start the eases into a noticeably bready, sweet cucumber finish.