SEPTEMBER - ISLAND CREEK OYSTER FARM

What a sweet beginning …

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Good morning, sunshine!


a peek at island creek from 50,000 feet

What I grow: daughters, oysters, clams, plankton, small businesses. And maybe one day I’ll grow up.
— Skip Bennett, farmer
Duxbury Bay from 50,000 feet

Duxbury Bay from 50,000 feet

1 -Company headquarters, hatchery, and raw bar;  2 -Oysterplex;  3 -Island Creek oysters;  4 -Row 34 oysters;  5 -Aunt Dotty oysters;  6 -The town landing, where we off-load for market;  7 -The Back River where the baby oyster seed nursery is located

1-Company headquarters, hatchery, and raw bar; 2-Oysterplex; 3-Island Creek oysters; 4-Row 34 oysters; 5-Aunt Dotty oysters; 6-The town landing, where we off-load for market; 7-The Back River where the baby oyster seed nursery is located

1) the red arrow points to the location of company headquarters, the hatchery, and the raw bar.  I t’s also the location of where the the skiffs and draggers run in-and-out to the farm; 2) the green box outlines the general area of the Oysterplex, and where the Island Creek and Row 34 oysters live, preparing to be harvested.

1) the red arrow points to the location of company headquarters, the hatchery, and the raw bar. It’s also the location of where the the skiffs and draggers run in-and-out to the farm; 2) the green box outlines the general area of the Oysterplex, and where the Island Creek and Row 34 oysters live, preparing to be harvested.

This  green box outlines the general area of where the Aunt Dotty’s live, preparing to be harvested …

This green box outlines the general area of where the Aunt Dotty’s live, preparing to be harvested …

… and  this  green box outlines the general area of where the baby oyster seeds live until they are big enough to be planted in Duxbury Bay.

… and this green box outlines the general area of where the baby oyster seeds live until they are big enough to be planted in Duxbury Bay.


September 4 & 10: Saquish

My first trip by skiff to the Saquish area was this week. Subsequent trips during the month were by truck along the six-mile spit of land from Powder Point to Gurnet. Joe R. manages (below) the growth, quality and harvesting of the Aunt Dotty oysters here.

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A New Farm-Hand doing His Job

“Yuck” is right!! …

“Yuck” is right!! …

… so we hired ferocious Cujo

… so we hired ferocious Cujo


September 9-18

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For several days, the farm was ground-zero for a lot of nasty weather.

For several days, the farm was ground-zero for a lot of nasty weather.

Some minor platform damage after the gale-watch required some temporary modifications to farm operations

Some minor platform damage after the gale-watch required some temporary modifications to farm operations

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Cory’s and my make-shift culling station:

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Ursula, Hannah, Shawna and Emily harvesting Row’s on Hunt’s tidal flat in Duxbury Bay:

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Kira, my Finnish Lapphund

A shout-out to my loyal pup Kira, who enjoy’s helping me with chores around the dock on weekends. She’s in her 17th year!

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MID-september

Fall is closing in …

September 17 - 21

Saquish

Setting out to harvest oysters under moonlight.

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Joe R. and Cory working through the daily game plan.

Joe R. and Cory working through the daily game plan.

Myself, Emily, and Shauna … marching into low-tide. That’s Clark’s Island in the distance.  #islandcreekoysters  photo

Myself, Emily, and Shauna … marching into low-tide. That’s Clark’s Island in the distance. #islandcreekoysters photo

Cory (green hat), Shawna (hidden), Emily, and Hannah bagging the Dotty’s back on shore.

Cory (green hat), Shawna (hidden), Emily, and Hannah bagging the Dotty’s back on shore.


September 24 - 28

Hunts Tidal Flat

Wind and rain on the farm will keep nobody down!

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Left-to-right: Hannah, Emily, Ursula, Shawna: what a spirited team, rain or shine!

Setting out for Hunts to harvest Row 34’s in a driving rain. Joe R. was experiencing the same over at Saquish, harvesting the Aunt Dotty’s. It was a real soaker, and no one was worse for the wear!


September 30

Watching the Pats crush the Dolphins and saying good-bye to September at ICO’s Raw Bar with Emily and Shawna.

The caviar.

The caviar.

Emily, taking a winning photo of the caviar

Emily, taking a winning photo of the caviar

Me, taking a photo of Emily taking a photo of the caviar.

Me, taking a photo of Emily taking a photo of the caviar.

Shawna, the line-judge.

Shawna, the line-judge.


A personal shout-out to Mike Fallon, USMC

I met Mike just after Labor Day when he joined the farm crew to work for Joe Pierce’s section (the Back River farm lease). Mike’s a terrific guy and an incredibly hard worker. His last day was on Friday (9/28), and I was able to get together with Mike and his family at Island Creek’s raw bar on Saturday, motored out to the farm, and said our goodbye’s. We had many great conversations, and developed a sincere bond. Mike Fallon is the “real news”. He’ll report for basic training on Parris Island, SC on October 9.

Mike, on his first day on the farm. Besides the Marines, Mike’s a huge Beatles fan!

Mike, on his first day on the farm. Besides the Marines, Mike’s a huge Beatles fan!

Mike and I on September 29 …

Mike and I on September 29 …

So long, September!

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FOOTNOTE:

ICO’s “Saltwash Dinner Series”

Joy and I were lucky enough to enjoy the last of three Saltwash Dinner’s of the season. Island Creek’s been hosting the post-labor day event each Monday from SEP 10 thru SEP 24. It was amazing!

An Asian inspired wedge salad …

An Asian inspired wedge salad …

Tuna tataki …

Tuna tataki …

Spicey pulled pork and seaweed taco shells, ramen noodles, and rice bowl …

Spicey pulled pork and seaweed taco shells, ramen noodles, and rice bowl …

Dessert! …

Dessert! …

Saltwash Series fan club …

Saltwash Series fan club …

Joy :) …

Joy :) …

Chef Rob Wong of  Hojoko  in Boston saying a few words at the end of a great evening. Bill and Skip are looking on.

Chef Rob Wong of Hojoko in Boston saying a few words at the end of a great evening. Bill and Skip are looking on.

goodbye september!

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