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“I don’t know why but I have always insisted on steering my own course, a wayward course that invariably runs counter to conventional wisdom.”

John Kretschmer, Flirting with Mermaids

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THE FARM

The PCO farm is located on the Dorchester side of the Choptank River, between Horn Point and Jenkins Creek.[/mvc_flip_box][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mvc_flip_box image_id=”103″ title=”The Method”]

The Method

The oyster seed spends its first months in small cages that rest just under the surface of the water, hung on a long line.[/mvc_flip_box][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mvc_flip_box image_id=”161″ title=”The Oyster”]

The Oyster

Similar to how a wine grape’s environment influences the taste of the wine, an oyster’s taste is defined by the waters it feeds on.[/mvc_flip_box][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][mvc_flip_box image_id=”101″ title=”The People”]

Why are we Pirates Cove Oyster Co.?

Way back in the day, over all seas throughout the world, being a pirate was more than plundering and pillaging.  The reasons for[/mvc_flip_box][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator el_width=”60″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”6″ bottom_padding=”2″ back_color=”color-prif” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”1″ z_index=”0″ el_id=”thefarm” css=”.vc_custom_1580174149059{padding-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”102″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading text_color=”color-xsdn” css_animation=”alpha-anim”]The Farm[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text el_class=”font-resizer”]The Pirates Cove oyster farm is located on the Dorchester County side of the Choptank River, between Horn Point and Jenkins Creek, within the Sandy Hill Sanctuary. The Choptank is wide at the mouth, though narrows quickly and stretches 71 miles from Delaware into Maryland. Its firm sandy bottom allows our cages to sit pleasantly on the river bottom and enjoy a full flow of water, the swift currents bringing a steady stream of nutrients to the oysters. All of this is just a fancy way of saying our farm is in a good spot to grow tasty oysters.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”2″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ el_id=”themethod” css=”.vc_custom_1580174174669{padding-top: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”184″ media_width_percent=”100″][vc_single_image media=”185″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading css_animation=”alpha-anim”]The Method[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]The oyster seed spends its first months in small cages that rest just below the surface of the water, hung on a long line. The wave action of the Choptank River allows the seed to grow quickly and develop an ideal shape without growing together in clusters.

Once the oysters are ready to leave the smaller cages, they are transferred to larger cages that sit on the river bottom. The firm bottom of the Pirates Cove farm keeps the cages from sinking into the mud and allows water to flow completely through the cages. Every few weeks, the cages are brought into a boat and cleaned of any fouling organisms, and the oysters are sorted by size.

Oysters have no legs or fins, so they can’t move around to find better water. They feed only on water that comes to them. Thus, it’s important for oysters to grow in cages with other like-sized oysters. When they reach a specific size, they are sorted on the boat with a tumbler that continues to develop the best shape possible. This step helps us achieve a deep, symmetrical cup which provides a reservoir for the salty oyster liquor, a delicious nectar that enhances the beautiful buttery taste that are the hallmark of a Pirates Cove oyster.

The entire process from seed to market takes about 18 months. Pirates Cove oysters are available year round.

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The Oyster

[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]They call it terrior when making fine wine. Simply put, grapes take their taste and flavors from the environment in which they are grown. In much the same way, an oyster’s taste is defined by the waters where it grows. An oyster’s merroir what gives an oyster its defining taste characteristics. The Choptank River gives Pirate’s Cove Oysters a sweet, buttery taste with a mild briny finish. No matter how you like them—fried, stewed, or raw—our oysters are delightful, a real treat for bivalve enthusiasts

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator el_width=”60″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ el_id=”thepeople”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image media=”101″ media_width_percent=”100″][vc_single_image media=”193″ media_width_percent=”100″ alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_custom_heading css_animation=”alpha-anim”]The People – Why are we Pirates Cove Oyster Co.?[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Let’s face it. There’s a bit of the pirate in all of us. It’s a mindset, a way of living. Back in the day, men and women often chose the pirate’s way of life because they were dissatisfied. They wanted freedom, independence, and the chance to control their own destiny. Each threw caution to the wind and charted a new course.

It takes this same mindset to grow our oysters. We founded Pirates Cove Oyster Co. because we want to make a sustainable living and a delicious product. We are willing to do whatever it takes to set our own course, to do it our own way, even if we have to veer off the beaten path. We are modern-day pirates, charting our own course in life and in business.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_separator el_width=”60″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ back_color=”color-gyho” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ column_width_percent=”100″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ el_id=”contactus”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_empty_space empty_h=”2″][vc_custom_heading]Contact Us[/vc_custom_heading][vc_column_text]Jason Wilford
443-523-4852
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for more information give us a call or send us an email 443.523.4852.
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