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Jun 27th, 2014

Movin On Out


Duxbury Bay has been pretty cold this spring, which has delayed our ability to put the oyster babies out in the water. In the hatchery, the oyster larvae are grown in water that is heated to 78 degrees. Once they are big enough, they can tolerate colder water. Then when the bay temperature reaches the mid-50’s, the big oysters can move outside into our downweller system. This system pulls bay […]

Apr 11th, 2014

Mommy, Where Do Babies Come From?

Hannah Blog 2

We’ve been busy in the hatchery during the past few weeks growing and caring for some 14-day old oyster larvae. But first, let me back track and tell the story of how it all begins… The act of spawning is simple…yet complicated. The idea of reproducing oysters merely consists of mixing some eggs and sperm together; however getting them to do it is the tricky part. In nature, when the […]

Apr 2nd, 2014

Farming: The Real Deal


It is easy to forget that the planet we live on is as much alive as we are. Things move and circulate and breathe and die and feed in ancient and unprompted ways. In the age of digital tweets and star gazing apps, we lose that inborn ability to participate in the epic and natural rhythms of life. The part of us that tells us to eat more meat in the colder months, the part […]

Mar 21st, 2014

ICO NYC vs. “The Fuzz”

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I have a binary relationship with the police. On the one-hand, my brother-in-law is a good cop, a great one actually. He’s the police chief in Lunenburg, MA and he rocks a solid Tom Selleck mustache that has proved to be a beacon of the law. Timeless. Then there was the police chief in Harvard where I grew up – Officer Newman. I’m sure he’s a riot when he’s on […]

Mar 15th, 2014



Even though it kind of makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit, I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t looking forward to eating a salmon hot dog. At least, that’s what I hear is something I can do this weekend.  That’s right, the Seafood Expo is coming to Boston this Sunday through Tuesday. Touted as being the “Largest Seafood Trade Show […]

Feb 24th, 2014

New Year, New Babies, New Species!

Small algae cultures

Hi, I’m not sure we’ve met yet! My name is Hannah Pearson and I am Island Creek’s new hatchery manager! We’ve got a lot going on in our hatchery this season that we’d like to share with you and I’ll keep you updated here! There is a lot that happens behind the scenes of a hatchery and I will take you through the processes and the “science behind it all” […]

Jan 15th, 2014

Consider your Oyster


About 3 years ago, Claudia Vestal gave me a copy of MFK Fisher’s The Art of Eating, dog-eared at “Consider the Oyster”. I had left the city, my (non) job in the arts, and was working on a horse farm shoveling manure for $18 a day (seriously) – as well as taking an aquaculture class in Barnstable once a week. I wouldn’t shut up about oysters, and as she prepped […]

Jan 9th, 2014

Nelson Mandela and Oyster Farming


Last month, revolutionary Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. His life was so extraordinary that his humanity is lost to us mortals. His actions transformed him from mere man into a symbol that is practically religious; the marrow of a movement that altered not only the way people lived, but how they treated one another and saw the world. His legacy as a lawyer, a Nobel Peace Prize […]

Dec 2nd, 2013

Thank you Nestor


Working in New York City for Island Creek – we see a lot of people. Between the truck and operations, we’re talking a multitude of chefs and their dedicated staff, unhinged pedestrians, James Spader, adorable babies, James Spader … Some of what we witness is poetic, some we wish we could un-see (you can ask about that some other time) – so I decided with all this face time, we […]

Sep 18th, 2013

I Ate the Day Deliberately

Seamus Heaney

This past Sunday morning, I sat at Scarlet Oak lamenting the death of Irish poet Seamus Heaney – my aunt, my mother and myself saddled up at the unusually quiet bar (so early were we, in fact, that my aunt shamelessly delivered their morning newspaper). We talked about life, my new job with Island Creek & our upcoming journey to the ‘aul Sod over Bloody Marys and a breakfast of […]