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Island Creek Oyster Farm.

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to visit Island Creek Oyster Farm down in Duxbury, MA. My husband is a big fan of oysters and got me into them a few years ago too — now we’re both oyster-obsessed and love checking out new varieties whenever see them pop up on the menu at local restaurants (we’ve even done some at-home-shucking too!). No matter how many we try though, we always come back to Island Creek’s as our favorites. After being invite to visit the OysterPlex and meet the folks that run ICO, I’m even more committed to my favorite oysters now. ICO Farm 5ICO Farm 14ICO Farm 6Chris and his team took us through the history of building the ICO OysterPlex and brand, and showed us how they cultivate and farm the oysters from ‘seed’ to harvest. It all started on the shore where we saw the greenhouses where the team grows their algae to feed the oysters at the seed stage. From there, we followed the seeds through their life cycle and ended up out in two boats on the water where they grow  in trays in Duxbury Bay until they’re ready to harvest.

ICO Farm 8ICO Farm 1ICO Farm 1120140725-102216-37336811.jpgICO Farm 9Duxbury Bay is absolutely gorgeous. After visiting the oyster trays out in the water, we stopped at the ICO float out in the water where they process and sort the harvest each day and enjoyed some of the oysters that had just been plucked out of the water — doesn’t get much fresher than that! A few beers and glasses of rosé wine were enjoyed with the oyster-feast as we met Skip Bennett, founder of Island Creek. My favorite anecdote from the day was hearing about how Skip drove into Boston one day to try to offload a surplus of oysters to local chefs. He showed up at the back door of East Coast Grill in Cambridge with his pick-up truck and his oyster haul. East Coast Grill was the first place to buy wholesale oysters from Island Creek, and the rest was history!ICO Farm 1020140725-102215-37335876.jpg20140725-102217-37337668.jpgICO Farm 4ICO Farm 2

It felt like a once in a lifetime experience to get to visit the oyster farm where some of our very favorite seafood treats come from. I also learned so much from Island Creek team about oysters, (did you know it only takes 18 months to grow a full size oyster shell?! I thought it took years upon years!), the benefit of aquaculture and oysters to the environment, and the great things that ICO does to give back to the community with their foundation. Thanks so much to Skip, Chris, and the rest of the Island Creek team for such an awesome day

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6 responses to “Island Creek Oyster Farm.

  1. designlivelyKat July 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Great post! thanks for sharing. Now you’ll need to read Shucked – I’ve wanted to visit ICO ever since reading that!

    http://www.amazon.com/Shucked-Life-England-Oyster-Farm/dp/1250032008

  2. Jaime Lynn (@laviejaime) July 29, 2014 at 9:47 am

    what a cool experience! i am not a huge fan of oysters, starting with just fried ones (lol) but i know so many people who are obsessed with them- i gotta get on the band wagon!

  3. siftwithstyle July 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Such a cool trip and great pics! What camera do you use?

  4. elizabethcraneswartz July 30, 2014 at 9:00 am

    what a fabulous day – I love behind the scenes experiences like this.

  5. dariel - a daily dose of vitamin d July 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    this is awesome! i love love love ICO – thanks for sharing.!

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