Paine's Creek Oysters
Paine's Creek Oysters are lovely cocktail oysters with a signature Cape flavor: briny, sweet, and clean. What makes them unique compared to other Cape Cod oysters, though, is their fresh salt water influence from Paine's Creek, the creek that runs through the farm which the oysters are named after. This fresh salt water influence gives the oysters an added flavor element that can be detected past the brine.
Availability: September through January
Size: 2.75 inches
Appearance: Cocktail, medium cup, white to brown shells
Flavor: Clean brine with a sweet, citrus finish.
- Salinity: 3.0% - (3.5% is full oceanic salinity) Freshwater input of Quivet Creek affects salinity, and therefore flavor
- Tides: Large flushing tides averaging 8-10 feet
- Bottom Makeup: Clean sandy bottom
Larger seed is try-cultured and then moved to growout bags and cages for finishing. Tumbled often to promote a hard, uniform shell. Time to market: 2 years
Over the last 10 years, Paul Werzanski and his sons have been growing oysters just 1,200 feet off the beaches of Brewster. His love for seafood was inspired by his father, who also was an avid fisherman. Paul's family has been on the Cape since the 1940's, and he and his sons all have commercial fishing licenses.
Growing oysters is a hobby for the Werzanskis -- Paul and his sons all have day jobs, but they love being on the water. "It's so peaceful at 5:30 a.m.," Paul says.
"I've traveled a lot and have tried many oysters, but no other oyster can compare to a Cape oyster. We enjoy working together, it's truly a family farm."