East Beach Blonde Oysters
Charlestown, Rhode Island

East Beach Blonde Oysters are beautiful oysters, power washed often to produce the look of clean pearly shells with colorful blonde accents. They are small to medium in size and have a uniform cup shape due to periodic tumbling. The meats are silky and smooth with a mild, salty flavor. The oysters are grown by East Beach Oyster Farm, a founding member of the Ocean State Shellfish Co-Operative.


oysterology

Production: Farmed
Size: 3.5 inches
Availability: Year-round
Appearance: Deep cups, White to Brown Shells
Flavor: Crisp brine with a buttery, sweet finish.

Growout Method

Rack and bag nursery; tumbled, bottom culture grow out; harvested with bull rakes from skiffs. Time to market: 18-24 months. 


location 

site details 

  • Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Small tides with some freshwater input
  • Bottom Makeup: Sand, gravel, and mud

Growout Method

Rack and bag nursery; tumbled, bottom culture grow out; harvested with bull rakes from skiffs. Time to market: 18-24 months. 


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the grower

Prior to becoming an oyster farmer, Jim Arnoux began harvesting shellfish on the historic Great South Bay, the home of the original Blue Point oyster. Digging for clams had long been a tradition in his family, one passed down to him from his father and uncle. Bull rake in hand, Jim began to earn money clamming when he was 14 and continued to do so throughout his attendance at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his degree in Coastal Policy and Management.