In for the winter

Staging the bagged seed

Whew. That’s done. It’s one of the biggest jobs of the year, and it’s done. The oyster seed is in the cooler. This year, we had twice as much seed as we’ve ever had, and so the job was twice as big. More than twice as big, actually, because it was a terrific growing year […]

Now you seed ’em

That's about 60,000 oysters

As those of you who come here regularly know, last year was a bust, oyster-wise. The brutal weather killed 90% of our overwintered crop, leaving us with almost nothing but a bumper crop of oyster shell to put on our driveway (which, I have to say, is much improved – it’s an ill wind that […]

Darwin and me

Our neighbor, Scott Laurie of Spring Creek Oyster

Were we to put forth nominees for Most Influential Scientist Ever, I suspect many of you would, like me, be pulling for Charles Darwin. That such a straightforward hypothesis about how we, all of us, came to be the way we are had the power to fundamentally change our understanding of the world around us! […]

Oyster season begins

Tanya and Kevin with 6000 oysters, in January

It was just over two months ago that Kevin and I took last season’s last trip out to the oysters. We had taken in almost all the equipment, and the last job was consolidating the 10,000 almost-legal oysters into densely packed trays, pushed deep into the ground. We take our equipment in because ice in […]

Fear itself

Trays, safely stowed in the turkey pen

I’m suspicious of emotions. Always have been. Seems to me they’re more likely to make you say the wrong thing, date the wrong guy, or believe the wrong idea than they are to bring you joy, give you peace, or improve you in any way. The downside of anger, jealousy, and distress vastly outweighs the […]