Three Islands

Three Islands

Regular price $ 53

Beals, Maine

From a new farm right on the edge of Maine and Canada, comes a Maine oyster worth its salt. The cold waters and huge tides make THREE ISLANDS a distinct treat. With a brine as forceful as Pemaquid and a mineral vegetal finish that's complex like a Canadian: you don't want to miss it.

brine |  vegetal | complex

briny | vegetal | complex


3.24 ~  medium 

Pairs Perfectly with:

  1. The Original Wailers
  2. Island Time
  3. Picnics on the Lawn
  4. Weekends Away


Downeast Farms, Research and Renewal

Downeast Institute is a non-profit marine research and education institution. We started this farm as a demonstration of how vacant lobster pounds can be used for shellfish aquaculture.  We chose oysters as the target species for this farm because the water inside of the pound gets extremely warm during the summer months and can support oyster growth. The oysters are grown in a vacant lobster pound called the Flying Place in the town of Beals, Maine.  The farm sits in between three islands (Beals, Great Wass and Dobbins Islands) and that's why we chose to market the oysters as "Three Islands".

The Gritty Details:

We produce all of our own oyster seed in our hatchery. We transfer the tiny babies into a land based upweller in June when they are barely retained on a 1 mm screen. The babies are removed from the upweller when they can sit on a 6 mm screen and placed into floating bags. We use a combination of floating bags and Oyster Gro cages to house the seed during the summer and then we put the seed in bottom cages in the winter to keep them away from the ice.

Flavor Influenced by:

  1. Salinity: High
  2. Tides: Large diurnal tides with an average height of 12 vertical feet. Due to the dams on the impoundment, the tide level on the farm only goes up and down about 1-2 feet.
  3. Bottom Makeup: Soft muddy bottom