Belon Oysters and Weekend Specialties — September 25, 2014 September 25 2014 Posted in


Maine Flat oyster (aka Belons) season has opened up this week 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.

Now onto the good stuff…
Specialty Items
Albacore, WA
Atlantic Mackerel, MA
Barramundi, Turner River Falls, MA
Blackfish, MA
Coho, Quinault River, WA
Dover Sole, Spain
Hebi, HI
Opah Belly, HI
Razor Clams, MA
Sanma, Japan
Sea Urchin, CA
Sockeye, Kodiak, AK
Tilefish, NJ
Tuna Belly, HI
Turbot, Spain
Oyster Lineup
Cooke’s Cocktail, Malpeque Bay, PEI
Fire Lake, Cape Jouriman, NB
Taunton bay, Taunton Bay, ME
Little Island, Bagaduce River, ME
Wiley Point, Damariscotta River, ME
Belons/Flats, Casco Bay, ME
Thatch Island, Barnstable Harbor, MA
Pleasant Bay, Little Pleasant Bay, MA
Katama, Katama Bay, MA
Onset, Buzzards Bay, MA
Fishers Island, Block Island Sound, NY
Cape May Salts, Delaware Bay, NJ
Broadwaters, Occhannock Creek, VA
Hammersley, Hammersley Inlet, WA
Crystal Rock, Hood Canal, 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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