• February 2010

    Varnish Clam

    February 24, 2010

    Purple varnish clams, aka mahogany clams or Nuttalia obscurata, are yet another transplant from Asia. About two decades ago they were introduced to the West Coast from ship’s ballast waters. Varnish clams are bimodal benthic feeders, which is a fancy way of saying they can filter food out of the sand and eat whenever they […]

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    2010 Spring Open Farm Days

    February 17, 2010

    Come explore the oyster farm! We’ll be opening up the flats for u-pick oysters (plus u-find mussels, u-dig clams, and u-spot sea cucumbers, sea urchins, moon snails, etc) on March 20th from 1 to 3, April 17th from noon to 3, and May 15th from 11 to 2. Bring boots, buckets, raingear if necessary, and […]

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    Attack of the Algae Eaters!

    February 12, 2010

    There used to be only a few of these little critters on the beach, now there are thousands. They’re very, very sociable, and like to congregate on muddy sections of beach. We didn’t know what to call them, but someone came up with the term algae eaters, and it stuck. Unicorn horn shell was in […]

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    Hama Hama Valentine

    February 9, 2010

    Oysters are legendary aphrodisiacs, and Casanova reportedly began each day with¬† a couple dozen raw ones. Now, we would just write these statements off as old wives’ tales propagated by oyster farmers around Valentine’s Day, except that scientists have proven us wrong. It turns out that that raw oysters actually do stimulate the release of […]

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    Friday both the tide and the sun were out during the day, and it was marvelous.

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    Please Be Coy

    February 5, 2010

    Coyotes. So much less scary than these guys:

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    Horn, tooted.

    February 1, 2010

    From the blog Food, She Thought: I worship the oyster, but a creamy oyster grosses me out. Hamas, in my opinion, are beautiful bivalve perfection. Good for eating raw, yet substantial enough for cooking. Hama Hama Oyster with Lemon Foam

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