We are taking this opportunity to reacquaint you with our Lover’s River oysters (Crassostrea virginica)! Our Lover’s River and Dune Shadow oysters are grown out and harvested in the waters surrounding New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula. Does Canada’s Acadian Peninsula sound familiar to you? If so, that might just be because our Beau Soleil, French Kiss, and La St. Simon oysters are also from the Acadian Peninsula…
As an aside, the Acadian Peninsula is also the Northernmost point in the habitat of C. virginica. Did you know that it can take oysters from this region five or more years to reach cocktail size (+/- 2.75″)? Yes indeed…This is largely due to the fact that it is so cold for so much of the year…In fact, it makes Southern Maine seem quite hospitable…Perspective is reality. At any rate…Our Lover’s River and Dune Shadow oysters are grown-out in the Aldouane River, Bouctouche Bay, and Tabusintac Estuary…With names like that, now you see why it makes sense to brand them Lover’s River and Dune Shadow! Much easier on the tongue!
Our Lover’s River and Dune Shadow oysters are farm-raised in floating cages (totally environmentally sustainable and ecologically sound) for the bulk of their grow-out, and are sunk to the hard-packed sand floor of the leases prior to harvest. Sinking the cages to the bottom and allowing the oysters to bottom-finish vastly improves shell-strength, which in turn makes the oysters chip-and splinter resistant (which will please shuckers to no end).
Upon harvest, the Dune Shadow and Lover’s River oysters are graded for size…The former are classified as “cocktail” oysters (+/- 2.75″) while the latter are coming in as a “small choice” (+/- 3″-3.25″). Either way, both varieties are marked by excellent cup-definition and consistency in shape. That is one very good thing about these Northern oysters taking so long to grow-out…They grow so slowly that their uniformity may be monitored with relative ease, and appropriate measures may be taken throughout the grow-out to assure the finish product will be cookie-cutter consistent. Meat yields on the Lover’s River and Lover’s Creek are as impressive as their overall consistency…Meats are full, yet supple and will range from a medium to a medium-high salinity and full-bodied with a clean simple sugar finish.
So how are they packed? While there is nothing wrong with bagging oysters per se, I think boxing oysters is a better way to go. Why is that? Well…If you are boxing them, the oysters may be hand-packed (cup-side down) to help preserve overall quality on the way to the plate. And if you are boxing oysters…I have to say that wooden boxes (crates) will protect the oysters better than cardboard…And they just look cool, to boot. So by now you have probably deduced that the next thing I’m going to tell you is that the Lover’s River and Dune Shadow oysters are both hand-packed in wooden crates, right? The Lover’s River are packed out in 60-count wooden crates and Dune Shadow oysters are packed by the 100 count in wooden crates. One more thing…Both the Lover’s River and Dune Shadow oysters are grown out and harvested in an entirely ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable fashion. Love your Mother! Order early! Order often!