Juniper Chef Doug Paine is always on the look out for new local products and providers. We have recently partnered with Sweet Sound Oysters, a company based in Duxbury, Massachusetts but owned and operated by a UVM alumni. Chef Doug blogs about our partnership with Sweet Sound:
At Juniper and Bleu, we are taking farm to table to a new level by buying fresh oysters directly from the farmer. John Brawley owns and operates Sweet Sound Oysters. John, a UVM alumni with a Ph.D. in marine biology brings us live oysters weekly from his farm in Duxbury MA.
John and his staff farm Crassostrea Virginca oysters. They are also called Eastern Oysters and are native to the east and gulf coasts of North America. Oysters carry a distinct flavor that is specific to where they are grown, called merrior. Sweet Sound‘s merrior comes from the minerals and organic matter that is carried to east side of Duxbury Bay from the Black River. They are grown on the bottom of the bay in about waist-deep water depending on what the tide is doing. The oysters are started in bags placed plastic crates to protect them from predators. When they are big enough they are spread out on the bay floor. They are harvested by dragging a net along the bottom to scoop them up and then pulled into a boat. They are then hand sorted to size and bagged for delivery.
Sweet Sound’s oysters have a notably sweet & briny character, giving them a distinct taste of place. Visit sweetsoundoysters.com for more information or stop into Juniper or Bleu to try them for yourself!