Goose Cove — Trenton, Maine
Cadillac Mountain on Mount Desert Island is the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. During certain times of year, it is the first place to view sunrise in America. The Cadillac Oyster farm is on the northwest side of the island, where the mountain’s majestic silhouette is always in view. The oysters are just as beautiful and pearly bright, basking in first light and the waters of Mount Desert Narrows.
Availability: June through February
Size: 3 inches
Appearance: White and tan pearly shells with tinges of purple hues
Flavor: A brothy, umami brine and silky meats with a stony, lingering finish.
Salinity: 3.0% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
Tides: Cool, icy waters and fast tidal flow from Mount Desert Narrows
Bottom Makeup: Soft bottom made up of silt, sand and eelgrass
Oysters are started in floating mesh bags and moved into floating cages. Time to market: 2 - 3 years.