Being on a farm, I tend to look at things by the season. Right now we are in the season of building. Planting today, to bear fruit tomorrow. Although this time of year the oysters themselves are not growing, we are investing to further our mission of growing the highest quality oysters possible.
We have been doing this in a couple of strategic ways….
Since September we have been steadily adding more cage capacity to our farm. By doing this, we have increased our farm size by over 30%. What this does is allows us to grow more oysters while also allowing us to decrease the number of oysters per bag.
Why is this important? Our mission is to grow the very best oysters. There are many factors that determine the success of an oyster and managing the number of oysters per bag is a critical factor. The fewer oysters you have per bag, the more water flow and algae each oyster can access. So boiled down, we are increasing the food available to our oysters while giving them more space for the waves to naturally tumble them and give them that beautiful shell everyone is after. We want every oyster to be perfect.
Another area that we have been planting is processing capacity.
As any farm grows, you become restricted by processing facilities built for yesterday. Since we have been in business we have operated on the same processing equipment. As the demand for our oysters has increased, so have the demands of the oysters themselves. We have doubled our processing footprint to allow us to operate two full-time production lines.
What does this do? This allows us to give more attention to our oysters. Husbandry is what the industry calls this. Essentially, taking care of your oysters. Having two processing lines allows us to spend more time bringing oysters to shore, sorting them by size, and keeping their cage densities at optimum levels.
As we grow, there are new challenges and we are excited to meet each and every one of them with a curious mind. Thanks for supporting our company and being part of our journey to bring the very best to your table.
Founder & Farmer, White Stone Oysters