Oyster culling is an important step in determining an oyster's fate.
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Oyster growers and harvesters have their own heuristics in determining the different grades of their oysters. This sorting process, known as culling, is an important step in picking out dead oysters and bagging restaurant-friendly ones. In the video above, Ben discusses his process and considerations on our Standish Shore Oyster Farm.

As an added bonus, we put together a summary of sizes and grades used in the Atlantic and Pacific. Each region uses different terms, so knowing them will help with your oyster buying!

 
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WHERE ARE THE LOCAL OYSTERS?

It's that time of year again... when New England oysters seem to be limited. Even though demand is highest during the summer, the summer months are when growers are doing seed work and waiting for oysters to reach legal size. Wild fisheries are closed to allow wild spawning. For a more in-depth understanding, read our post on the oyster farming cycle.

 

RECENT NEWS

35 reported cases of shellfish-related illnesses have been linked to British Columbia shellfish, most of them due to raw BC oysters. This year's unprecedented warm water temperatures have caused a spike in the naturally-occurring vibrio bacteria in the area. Many West Coast areas have been shut down for shellfishing.
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FARM PHOTO UPDATE

Meet James Kearns, our farm manager on the Standish Shore Oyster Farm. James traded his office job as a software engineer to try something new. Although oyster farming is hard work, he enjoys it a lot more because it allows him to be outdoors and on the water. He's on the farm year-round making sure our oysters are happy and healthy. If you ever see him in Duxbury, make sure to say hello!
 

UPCOMING EVENT

The 
41st Annual Milford Oyster Festival will be held on Saturday, August 15th from 10 am to 6 pm. Besides awesome music -- Gin Blossoms are headlining this year, expect more than 30,000 oysters from members of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association -- that includes us! It's the association's biggest annual fundraising effort, and Connie will be there shucking, so please come by!

 
August 5th is National Oyster Day!
Slurp some back & #eatmoreoysters.

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