• December 2008

    Sailfin Sculpin

    December 31, 2008

    Mystery fish identified! We sent the photos to Teri King, with the Washington Sea Grant Program, and she said that it looks like a mangled sailfin sculpin.  Apparently he didn’t really like his ride on the oyster barge. We put the sculpin back into the Canal and hoped for the best. Several people have asked […]


    Nathan has converted a spare saltwater tank into a temporary fish shelter where we can store bullheads, eels, and other creatures that accidentally get swept up off the beach with the oyster tubs. The other day he found this amazing orange fish. And while this fish is indeed wild, it’s definitely not a bullhead. In […]


    yet another post about snow.

    December 26, 2008

    Giant white piles adjacent to the shucking plant aren’t anything new… although normally they’re made of oyster shell, not snow. The winter storm of 2008 is turning out to be the most persisent in living memory, which is why we’ve written 3 consecutive blog posts about it. But here’s a change of pace: This giant […]


    Cold December Morning

    December 19, 2008

    Adam and Nathan out on the barge this morning, as the sun peeked through the clouds during a snow flurry. The Hama Hama bridge at dawn.


    … now Snow!

    December 17, 2008

    For Christmas, we wish the following: 1. That it doesn’t get so cold that the oysters and clams freeze to death out on the tideflats. 2. That it snows enough so that we can go cross-country skiing.    



    December 9, 2008

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    One night in early December, 2007, 8 inches of snow fell on the Hood Canal area, with bigger accumulations up in the high country. Then, overnight, the temperature jumped up 20 degrees and it rained 11 inches. The next morning Highway 101 was a complete disaster. There were 15 mudslides, like the ones pictured below, […]



    December 4, 2008

    First there was a flat spot: Then, after lots of permitting and complicated plumbing work, there was another, harder flat spot: And now we have a flat spot with walls! It’s really exciting. Here’s our builder, Cory, looking happy it’s not raining:


    Each year we comb through our brick-and-mortar store for delicious holiday treats to offer online. This year we’ve put together a Northwest sample pack, featuring chocolate from Theo Chocolates, cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery, crackers from La Panzanella, and smoked salmon and oysters from yours truly. We’re also offering a raw oyster basket, featuring 2.5 dozen of our extra […]


    Letters from Hood Canal

    December 1, 2008

    A packet of thank-you letters arrived in the mail today from the elementary school kids who recently toured the oyster plant. Here are some selected shorts: Thank you for giving us the tour. I liked all the eels and the baby ling cod. That was really cool. Thank you for letting me eat an oyster […]