That sinking feeling

Kevin, hog ringing

Kevin’s been spending time in rehab. Not that kind of rehab. Oyster tray rehab. From the time our oysters are a little under two inches long until we sell them, they live in three-by-four foot trays. Each tray is made out of pvc-coated one-inch wire mesh. There are several variables in the trays, and you […]


Chickens always want to help.

Yeah, it’s been a while. And it’s just within the realm of possibility that some of you have been wondering what’s been going on here over the last three months. Well, I’m here to tell you! Winter. Winter was what was going on here, seemingly for the last several years, and there just wasn’t much […]

What we’ve been smoking

The easiest way to smoke an oyster

We’re awash in oysters. They aren’t the ones we’re growing, they’re the ones the town grows, and plants for harvest by recreational shellfish permit holders. We’re recreational shellfish permit holders, and the oysters will be there for the taking for the next few weeks. The limit is a half-peck per week, which comes to about […]

Monsters of the deep fryer

Les Hemmila, oysterman, on his farm

There’s a special place in hell for whoever invented deep frying. Not that I can’t see its utility. Here’s a cooking technique that renders just about anything not only edible but delicious, which is a real boon in time of scarcity. If you’re stranded on a dessert island with nothing to eat but tubers and […]

Down on the oyster farm

Florence suiting up for oystering

There’s oystering, and then there’s oystering. For me, oystering involves wandering around in the shallows at low tide with a rake and a bucket, looking for specimens over three inches long. For my friend Florence, oystering is an entirely different proposition. Florence has an oyster grant, a two-acre parcel in the flats of Barnstable Harbor […]