anything worth doing is worth doing well
We are meticulous in every step of our process
It all begins with tiny oysters about the size of your thumbnail. Thousands live together in mesh bags in floating cages, eating until their hearts are content. Don’t be fooled by these oyster babies, they are growers not showers. Let us also not forget - the mighty oak was once a tiny acorn that stood its ground.
Floating just below the surface, our oysters drink from the most nutrient rich portion of the water column, and more nutrients means more growth. This floating farming technique, also known as suspended aquaculture, ensures that our Love Points sip clean ocean water free of any muck and grime from the bottom. It is also a restorative farming technique that helps to rebuild the surrounding ecosystem.
cleanING, cullING, countING
The gear and the oysters must be cleaned of any biofouling (in other words, the competition). Oysters of the same size must then be culled - sorted and grouped together in the bags. To accomplish this, we use a high-tech, custom-built tumbler (a plastic storage container from Target with holes in it) that separates by size. Oysters are then counted and placed back into bags for more feeding in quantities that vary by their size. One mesh bag can hold anywhere between 200 and 1,500 oysters, depending on size.
A WHOLE LOT OF ZIP TYING
We think this video speaks for itself!
Our oysters get quite a lot of exercise at Love Point, tumbling around daily in turbulent waters that are exposed to the prevailing Sou'westerly, because we believe in this. Although it slows their growth a bit, it helps them form a deeper cup full of delicious oyster meat. Plus, we all are stronger when we face adversity.
Harvesting and Shucking
We've come a long ways from shoving our entire farm into the back of our SUV under Ginger's skeptical eye. By the end of this summer, our oysters will reach market size. Having purified 50 gallons of water per day, each oyster not only makes for a tasty treat but is shellf-lessly committed to improving its local ecosystem and helping other species thrive. We’ll slurp to that!