Shucking off the cold
R.I. oyster farmers find winter harvests a boon
By Bina Venkataraman, Globe Correspondent | January 26, 2009
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – “How many do you need?” Perry Raso shouted into a walkie-talkie as his motorboat plowed through chunks of ice in Potters Pond, his face ruddy from the biting wind and his eyelashes encrusted with snow.
Raso had spent a snowy morning harvesting oysters from a salt pond separated by a barrier beach from Block Island Sound. Clad in a waterproof suit, he waded waist-deep into the icy soup, lifted giant mesh bags of bivalves from the bottom, and poured out the oysters that had reached a size suitable for market.
Aquaculture tour elevates the oyster By Paul E. Kandarian, Globe Correspondent | Oct 14, 2011 03:26 PM
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – When touring the aquaculture shellfish farm behind the Matunuck Oyster Bar restaurant, you not only learn about where your food comes from, but you also walk through its breeding grounds here on the southern coast – and if you’re lucky, you harvest a few oysters to eat later.
On a tour led by Perry Raso, 32, owner of those two enterprises, he showed a dozen or so adventurous customers who had slogged to the aquaculture site in nearby saltwater Potter Pond the spot where he also grows gracilaria, a tannish, tasty seaweed served in his restaurant. He raised a netted container used to grow the seaweed, and invited us to have a bite.
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