Capital metropolis oyster lovers are serving to to maintain an oyster farm close to Bridget Cove afloat and fueling new demand within the course of.
Whereas addressing the Larger Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Meta and Alec Mesdag, homeowners of the Salty Girl Seafood Firm, shared an outline of their expertise and expressed gratitude for the neighborhood that has embraced their product.
“How fortunate we’re to dwell in a neighborhood that helps small companies. They need to see us thrive” Meta mentioned.
Earlier this yr, the pandemic threw a wrench of their plans.
“We had been permitted to start gross sales in the course of the early lockdown interval,” she mentioned explaining that they wanted to pivot from their plan to primarily promote their oysters to eating places.
“We moved our focus to direct gross sales from our web site,” she mentioned, noting that about 90% of Alaska’s farmed oysters are bought by eating places.
“We knew that decide up places can be key and I’m eternally grateful for the native companies, who eagerly partnered with us to make that occur,” she mentioned mentioning Tremendous Bear IGA, Panhandle Produce and Jerry’s Meats and Seafoods as a number of the native companies the place their product is offered for buy.
She additionally mentioned that a number of native eating places have began serving her merchandise, together with the Purple Canine, Forbidden Peak Brewery, Louie’s Douglas Inn and the Purple Spruce International Road Meals Eatery.
“It’s been actually enjoyable to be taught to like oysters and to see native of us be taught to like them,” mentioned Alec, who’s a Juneau native.
Regardless of challenges associated to testing and a few state laws, the couple hopes to develop their operation within the subsequent few years by including rafts that can broaden capability and including a brand new web site to begin oyster seeds earlier than bringing the rising oysters over to Bridget Cove.
“It takes a city like Juneau so eager on watching everybody thrive,” she mentioned.
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Ideas for shucking an oyster
In response to Meta Mesdag, an proprietor of the Salty Girl Seafood Firm, maintain the oyster in a towel and use your fork to push down on the shell. Pushing down makes it much less doubtless that you’ll shove the fork into your hand.
Greatest strategy to eat an oyster
Should you can’t eat them on the dock contemporary out of the water, Mesdag suggests utilizing Louisiana barbecue combine to deep fry your oysters after which dip them in Bullwhip Kelp sizzling sauce, from Barnacle Meals.