Maine Belon Oyster Season has Started and Weekend Specialties 9.29.16 September 29 2016 Posted in

Maine Flat oyster (aka Belons) season has opened and we should expect to see decent supply through the holidays.  A few quick notes about the Flats:  Maine Flats are a species (O. Edulis) originally from the Belon river estuary in France (hence the name Belons) that came to the eastern coast of the states in the last century.  Technically speaking, only oysters from the Belon river can be labeled “Belons,” similar to sparkling wine outside of the Champagne region.  Both “Flats” and “Belons” get thrown around in the U.S. though.  The oysters we source are wild and from a hard shell clam fishery in Harpswell, ME.  The Flat’s flavor profile is quite unique.  Instead of the wallop of brine most often associated with Gulf of Maine oysters (C. Virginica), the Flats open with metallic overtones, and finish with a mineral laced flourish.

Specialty Items 

Blue Shrimp, Brunei  
Pike, Great Lakes
Redfish, ME
Sanma, Japan
Sea Urchin, CA
Whitefish, Great Lakes

Oyster Lineup

Beau Soleil, Miramichi Bay, NB
Northern Light, Malpeque Bay, PEI
North Haven, Heidi’s Pond, ME
Belon, Casco Bay, ME
Nauti Pilgrims, Plymouth Bay, MA
Riptide, Westport Estuary, MA
Sweet Neck, Katama Bay, MA
Hummock Island, Compo Cove, CT
Fishers Island, Block Island Sound, NY
Oyster Pond, Orient Bay, NY
Widow’s Hole, Peconic Bay, NY
Peconic Gold, Peconic Bay, NY
Sloop Point, Barnaget Bay, NJ
Ship Shoal, Magothy Bay, VA
Chincoteague Salt, Chincoteague Bay, VA
Capital, Spencer Cove, WA
Eagle Rock, Totten Inlet, WA
Kumomoto, Humboldt Bay, CA

We hope you'll stop by this weekend and take advantage!  Stay tuned next Thursday for another edition of specialty items.  Please note that occasionally items listed will not make it to our store due to weather or unforeseen supply issues.



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