Cedar Island Oysters
Point Judith Salt Pond, RI


oysterology

Production: 
Availability: June - Feb
Size
3.75 inches | June through February

Flavor Profile
Explosive sweet brine with a velvety finish.

 


location/grow method

Flavor Influenced By 

  • Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Six foot tides, little freshwater input
  • Bottom Makeup: Mud bottom with extreme biodiversity

Growout Method
Upweller reared, then moved to rack and Bag growout site. This is the off-bottom culture site for the same folks that grow Moonstone Oysters. Dozens of species of fish, crabs and more use the cages as a protective artificial reef.


the grower

Both John and Cindy studied Aquaculture at the University of Rhode Island, learning about the raising and farming of fish and shellfish. Together, they operate the Cedar Island Oyster Farm and take pride in the fact that they are part of the aquaculture movement, which in recent years has gained in popularity. Raising oysters brings them much gratification. The Wests see their oysters as a vibrant part of the local ecosystem, and as natural filter feeders, essential to preserving the system.