Duxbury Bay, MA
Petite, with a heart-shaped shell, ROC Reserve is a special cull from Real Oyster Cult's farm in Duxbury Bay. Tip it back and taste our beloved bay: it's salty, with a brine both delicate and bold, a dash of seaweed sweet, and a smooth finish. Grown by Duxbury beach and tumbled by strong currents and two tidal surges daily, this time of year ROC Reserve has a umami bite + sweet vegetal finish.
briny | umami | smooth
Pairs Perfectly with:
- Autumnal Feasts
- The B Side
- A Spritz of Lime
Rob + Sims, ROC's own family farm
Rob and Sims didn't set out to be oyster farmers, but this life twist gave birth to their '5th baby' Real Oyster Cult. Rob spent most of his career working on the water, building custom wooden yachts, designing and running maritime programs, and sailing in competitive campaigns. When oyster farming began to boom in Duxbury Bay, Rob applied for a grant. Sims worked in theatre and film as an actress, director, teacher, and screenwriter. In the summers, their kids help on the farm and their oyster float is a hub for work and play. Sign up for a farm tour and/or a float party and experience our little paradise.
The Gritty Details:
2mm seed is upwelled in May-July and then placed in nursery bags until early winter. Wintered over in bags on the bottom, then re-tumbled and planted directly on the tidal flats in late spring. Handpicked at low tide or dragged during higher tides. Time to market: 2.5 to 3 years.
Flavor Influenced by:
- Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
- Tides: 10 ft. tidal range of nutrient-rich waters
- Bottom Makeup: Sand and silted tidal flats