Sailor's Valentine

Sailor's Valentine

Regular price $ 48.49

Duxbury Bay, MA

Introducing sex on a beach (between two shells): SAILOR'S VALENTINE from the ROC farm is our newest oyster and obsession. And once you taste her, she'll be your heart's desire, too. Petite and curvaceous, she's a lusty umami morsel, a full brine experience with a refreshingly salty sense of humor. Because seriously: What's life without one? 

briny | umami  |  sexy

briny | umami  |  sexy

2.5" - 3" petite

Pairs Perfectly with:

  1. Sipping Mezcal
  2. Sam Cooke
  3. Fire on the Beach
  4. Your Heart's Desire

FromtheFarm

Rob + Sims, ROC's own family farm

Rob and Sims fell in love on a boat: He's her sailor, she's his valentine. They learned the history of Sailors' Valentines after they were married, and it's been a theme in their life ever since. There's an undeniable romance to the sea, and to the sailors who answer its siren call. Imagine risking life and limb to sail the high seas, away from your lover or mama for ridiculously long periods of time: there's no Skype or Snapchat. Enter the Sailor's Valentine: Gorgeous shell mosaics in octagonal-shaped boxes. Some sailors lovingly crafted these Valentines (with sentimental messages: Be mine), but many snapped them up in Barbados from 1830-1880, the last port of call for American and English ships. 

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:

  1. Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  2. Tides: 10 ft. tidal range of nutrient-rich waters
  3. Bottom Makeup: Sand and silted tidal flats