This week’s episode of The Farm Report is all about a different kind of farming- oyster farming! Erin Fairbanks is joined via the phone lines by John Lowell, the owner of the East Dennis Oyster Farm. Tune into this episode to learn why raising oysters is indeed a type of farming! Hear about the different oyster seed stock that John chooses from, and the processes involved in starting an oyster farm. The East Dennis Oyster Farm is a small-scale production; learn why it’s important for farmers of all types to realize and work within their individual capacities, and not expand beyond their means and original goals. Learn more about food safety regulations for shellfish, and why the oyster industry is more traceable than most other areas of the food business. When are oysters in season? Learn the differences between wild and farmed oysters, and why one type may be more desirable for restaurants. Also, tune in to hear from Jeanne Hodesh of the GrowNYC Greenmarket for this week’s Market Update. Tune in to hear what it takes to be featured in the Greenmarket, as well as some delicious harvest legumes and vegetables at the market stands! This program has been brought to you by White Oak Pastures.

“It’s like a vineyard. You don’t plant a vineyard and have a vine the next day. And it’s the same thing with oysters. You don’t just make more. You need to be patient, and you have to really want to do it.” [16:00] — John Lowell on The Farm Report