Last week marked the official end to the first season for 401 Oyster Company. Early in the week ice began creeping onto the lease and by the end the entire pond had frozen over. After a great deal of ice breaking and some help from another Ninigret oyster farmer, the work skiff was freed from the ice and up onto the trailer. This will be her resting place for at least the next few months.
Luckily the end of the season brought very good work weather. November and December were spend getting everything on the farm ready for winter. Any empty gear out on the lease was brought in to land, bags were put to their winter stocking densities, the final market oysters were culled out, and everything was moved to the deeper water.
The rest of the winter will be spent getting next seasons gear built and beginning to market our oysters to some local restaurants. Hopefully by mid-spring our oysters will be able to be found on many restaurant menus in southern Rhode Island.