Truro Pearl Oyster
- Specie:Crassostrea virginica
- Origin:Truro, MA(USA)
- Farmed: 18 to 24 months
- Average Size:3 inches
- Tides:Cape Cod Bay; large tides with significant nutrient inflow from Pilgrim Lake, a brackish lake nearby.
- Bottom:Sandy bottom.
My wife, Jill, and I have always loved the seashore and all of the things it has to offer, including shellfish. It wasn't until we moved from Akron, Ohio to Truro, Massachusetts that we ever imagined aquaculture would be a possibility. It all started in 2014 when I attended an aquaculture class sponsored by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. I found it fascinating and quickly realized that I wanted to pursue this potential hobby closer. With the help, support and guidance from a local farmer and the Town of Truro, I secured a two-acre grant. I placed my first seed order, bought the necessary equipment and readied myself for this adventure.
In July of 2015, the oyster babies arrived – all 300,000 of them. Shocked at how small they were, I remember thinking; will they ever grow to market size? The first oysters from the farm were harvested and served at our daughter’s wedding. They were a hit which proved to be a great source of motivation to keep growing these bivalves.
Fast forward to 2020, the farm has two grant locations totaling seven acres off of the shores of Truro, MA in Cape Cod Bay. Depending upon the time of year, I have between 500,000 and 750,000 oysters at various stages of growth. The farm’s business plan calls for continued scaling until I reach the million-oyster mark.
Truro Pearls are grown in both floating and bottom cages. They take between 18-24 months to reach select market size with a deep cup and strong shell.
Having never worked on the ocean, I find it to be extremely fulfilling as I tend the farm, watch the oysters grow, learn best practices and build strong business relationships. It’s hard work, but I love being a farmer. The beautiful sunrises and sunsets are just icing on the cake.
Truro Oyster Works