• April 2009

    Hood Canal Shrimp Bonanza

    April 30, 2009

    We spent the entire day processing a couple of boat loads of Hood Canal spot prawns. Now we’re totally exhausted, but excited about the super tasty shrimp. If you want to experience the thrill of fresh shrimp (and that sounds sarcastic, but you’ll understand once you try them), you can buy them either cooked or […]


    Open Farm Wrap Up

    April 29, 2009

    Both the weather and the sea cucumbers cooperated for last weekend’s open farm day. About 20 people came to pick oysters, eat oysters, and explore the tideflats. The day involved lots of pointing and exclaiming over all sorts of creatures, including sea cucumbers: and shore crabs: We grilled bacon-wrapped oysters (aka Angels on Horseback), barbecued […]


    Open Farm This Saturday

    April 23, 2009

    Come down to the oyster farm between 10:30 to 1 this Saturday to pick your own oysters and eat oyster barbecue!


    Mystery solved! To everyone except native Lilliwaupians the blood oyster is known as a rock oyster, or jingle shell. Officially, the animal is called Pododesmus cepio. Other names include Pacific jingle, blister shell, false jingle shell, green false jingle shell, and money shell. Another official name is Pododesmus macrochisma. The bivalve lives in the low […]


    Blood Oyster

    April 16, 2009

    We don’t know what this is. And neither did these three graybeards, who between them have nearly a century and a half of experience in the Hood Canal oyster industry: Nathan is the only one who wasn’t shocked at the bright red bivalve. He said that they grow way out deep and called them “blood […]


    While cleaning the seed racks Nathan stumbled upon a covey of molted (and apparently very sociable) hairy hermit crabs. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRvlOGus0vU Hermit crabs have soft, curled abdomens that have specialized pads on them to keep the crab in place once inside a shell.  They molt and change shells as they grow larger, and they mate during […]


    Domestic oyster stout is alive and well at the Oyster House Brewing Company in Asheville! The brewery, located in The Lobster Trap restaurant, adds oysters to its signature Moonstone Stout. According to headbrewer Billy Klingel, Moonstone is characterized by “delightful roasted malty notes, a hint of brine and a deliciously dry finish.” We were surprised […]


    Oyster Stout

    April 7, 2009

    There are two kinds of oyster beer: one kind accompanies oysters, the other is actually made with oysters. We’re more interested in the latter, because it sounds so outrageous. According to beer guru Michael Jackson, in 1929 a New Zealand brewery began adding actual oysters to its stout, and in the  late 1930s a London […]

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    Not an Eel.

    April 3, 2009

    But it sure looks like one! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO1fB2m9Ra0 When the tide goes out, juvenile gunnels take shelter from the elements by hiding beneath oyster shells, emerging only to surprise and delight beachcombers. Pictured above is a penpoint gunnel, which can grow up to 18 inches long and live to depths of up to 60 feet. When […]


    Oyster Plate Gallery

    April 1, 2009

    Some people get really into oyster plates. And you can love oyster plates without loving oysters. As this site put it: In the Pacific Northwest, oysters are still a popular seafood choice; however, even if you shudder to think of eating such a slimy creature you can still create a lovely display of oyster plates […]