Meteorologically speaking, the first day of spring is March 1st. Tell that to an oyster farmer from Virginia to Prince Edward Island and you will most likely get a good laugh. Winters can be long and hard on the water and we farmers look forward to the early signs of spring ☀️ In Virginia, April is a month where we begin to hear early morning bird chatter, we feel the warming waters and we see some slight shell development on the new oyster stock. The warming waters give birth to the rich algae that are the cornerstone of the Chesapeake’s ecosystem and of course, our thriving oyster population. With its arrival (generally above 50ºF water temps) we start to see oysters growing, kicking the farm into high gear 🦪 As the oysters grow, the millions of oyster seeds planted from the previous year require 4 times the room they needed the first half of their life. We call this the ‘Spring Pop’. Simultaneously, as people begin to leave their winter slumber, oysters on the half shell are elevated to even higher demand.
Right now at White Stone, we are working around the clock; tending to the exciting new oyster stock, supplying our favorite customers from around the country with delicious Virginia bivalves. So if you are considering buying oysters online, we hope you order some White Stones.
Oyster Farmer and CEO
White Stone Oysters