Maine Oyster Trail News

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THE MAINE OYSTER TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS GROWING INDUSTRY

Bangor Daily News, 9/11/21 – “A new initiative from the Maine Aquaculture Association is aiming to bolster the farmed-raised oyster industry both locally and nationwide. ‘Oysters are getting more and more popular,’ said Thomas Henninger of Yarmouth-based Madeleine Point Oyster Farms. ‘People are learning how to eat them.’ The initiative, which the association calls the Maine Oyster Trail, works in a similar fashion to a wine-tasting or craft-beer tasting tour. A website has been set up to educate visitors about the farmers and the restaurants that make up Maine’s oyster industry. The site includes a detailed trail map that encourages visitors to plan an oyster-tasting trip along Maine’s coast. ‘It’s kind of fun,’ said Afton Vigue, the association’s outreach and development specialist. ‘It incentivizes people to get out.'”

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FOLLOWING THE MAINE OYSTER TRAIL

Boston Globe, 9/8/21 – “We watched as Andy Rogers, an oyster-shucking champion, grilled fresh, plump, just-opened oysters [. . .] This was our first stop along the recently launched Maine Oyster Trail, showcasing a variety of oyster experiences, including farm tours, shucking lessons, raw bars, restaurants, and retail outlets serving and selling locally harvested Maine oysters (www.maineoystertrail.com). An interactive online trip planner allows you to customize your itinerary based on what region of Maine you want to explore and what type of experiences you’d like to have. Even if you’re not an oyster lover, it’s a great way to learn about a growing $8 million industry (Maine has more than 100 farms) and get to meet some innovative, hardworking farmers.”

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SHUCK YEAH! PLAN A BIVALVE-BASED ROAD TRIP ALONG THE MAINE OYSTER TRAIL

Frommers, 9/4/21 – “Just in time for autumn road trips in New England, a newly expanded, coastal Maine Oyster Trail has debuted, connecting 75 businesses devoted to the slurpable bivalve. Using the interactive trip planner at the trail’s website, you can find oyster farm tours, raw bars (Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland is pictured above), boating excursions, and opportunities to buy directly from oyster cultivators in four maritime areas: Maine Beaches, Greater Portland/Casco Bay, the Mid-Coast, and Downeast/Acadia. Search by region or by preferred mollusk-related activity and create a map and itinerary that will be emailed to you along with pertinent details about each of the destinations on your list, including driving instructions, hours of operation, and contact info so that you can reserve tables, book tours, and stake out the shuck trucks on your customized route.”

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OYSTERS IN MAINE

Boston Globe, 9/1/21 – “Plan an oyster-centric getaway this fall with the Maine Oyster Trail, a recently-launched interactive guide to oyster experiences in the state. Slurp and shuck your way along the trail that connects you to 75 Maine businesses, including oyster farm tours, raw bars, mobile shuck trucks, charter tours, and kayak excursions, as well as opportunities to buy oysters directly from farmers along the coast. The Trip Planner allows you to build your own custom route with filters for coastal regions, hands-on experiences, and oyster “hot spots.” Use the digital Oyster Passport to check in at participating businesses, track visits, and complete challenges; redeem check-ins for Maine Oyster Trail rewards and swag.”

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MOLLOYSTER AQUAFARM: SLURPING OYSTERS GROWN IN MAINE

GoNOMAD, 8/5/21 – “We spent part of last night on the water with a family of oyster farmers, who are based in Cumberland, Maine. Todd Molloy and his wife Meredith met us at the end of the dock in Diamond Cove, and we boarded their 32-foot former lobster boat and cracked open some beers before heading off to the farming area, off Great Chebeague Island. The Josey Wales is a solid boat with a great pedigree up here in Maine, and she can cruise at 26 knots. The Molloyster Aquafarm is located off the coast of a nearby island, Great Chebeague, and in this narrow little slice of ocean thousands of tiny seed oysters are grown for up to two years until they became large enough to sell.”

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YOUR LOVE FOR FRESH OYSTERS CAN HELP THE PLANET

National Geographic Travel, 7/26/21 – “Oyster farm tours, like this one led by Love Point Oysters, and self-guided bi-valve trails are cropping up throughout the United States. COVID-19 stalled the trend but with travel restrictions loosening, oyster enthusiasts are once again back on track. Along the Maine Oyster Trail, which re-launched in June, tasting tourists can earn swag by “checking in” at various experiences and sites along the trail, including Love Point. Other trails can be found in Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and Washington, the country’s largest producer of aquaculture.”

DOCK & DINE SEASON 2, EPISODE 4, FEATURING THE MAINE OYSTER TRAIL & OTHERS

Maine Life Media, 7/5/21 – “Paul’s Marina & Judy’s General Store, Seacoast Tours of Freeport, Maine Oyster Trail, Mere Point Oysters.” Check out the episode on YouTube. The oyster segment starts at minute 15:00. We had a blast filming this episode of Dock & Dine with the Maine Life Media crew. Special thanks to Mere Point Oyster Company and Seacoast Tours of Freeport for bringing us out on the farm!

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AFTER A TOUGH YEAR, OYSTER DEMAND GROWS

Mount Desert Islander, 6/28/21 – “To help put oysters on the map, the Maine Sea Grant and Maine Aquaculture Association created the Maine Oyster Trail – a new program and website partially born out of the pandemic that helps connect visitors with the state’s different growers, raw bars and oyster farm tour options.  The trail and its website launched earlier this month and is modeled after the Maine Beer Trail. Visitors can search for farms up and down the coast, see which offer tours and direct order from them. The new website has a trip planner as well, making it simple for people to build an itinerary.  ‘What we are really trying to do is make it easy and accessible,’ Hupper said. ‘We think the model is going to be a really big success.’ Anne Langston Noll, the owner of  Pemetic Sea Farms, an oyster farm based in Ellsworth, already had a tour booked within a few days of the website launch. ”

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YOU CAN GET A TASTE OF MAINE THIS SUMMER WITHOUT SPENDING $34 ON A LOBSTER ROLL

Bangor Daily News, 6/18/21 – “Lobster rolls are perhaps the most iconic Maine summer treat. This year, though, lobster rolls are exceptionally expensive due to high demand, with some seafood shacks selling the rolls for $34 a piece. Though lobster rolls are delicious, there are many more ways you can get a taste of Maine this summer without breaking the bank [. . .] A Maine seafood delicacy that is on the rise is oysters, Nancy Harmon Jenkins said.  The Maine Aquaculture Association recently launched the Maine Oyster Trail to highlight the variety and quality of oysters throughout the state.”

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THE WRAP: NEW RESTAURANTS FOR GOLFERS, CLEAN EATERS

Portland Press Herald, 6/16/21 – “The Maine Oyster Trail relaunched on Monday after a makeover. Inspired by the Maine Beer Trail, the oyster trail has a new website (maineoystertrail.com), new interactive components, and a new incentive system so you can reward yourself for eating oysters. An online trip planner allows you to customize your ‘oyster experience,’ choosing from activities such as oyster farm tours and visits to raw bars or mobile shuck trucks in coastal regions of Maine. ‘You can filter those experiences based on different criteria and send yourself an itinerary,’ says Afton Hupper of the Maine Aquaculture Association.”

MAINE OYSTER TRAIL SHOWCASES STATE’S GROWING OYSTER INDUSTRY

WMTW 8, 6/14/21 – “A new website that launched on Monday is showcasing the state’s growing oyster industry. The Maine Oyster Trail takes oyster lovers from Ogunquit to Sorrento. Love Point Oysters is one of 150 oyster farms dotting the Maine coast and one of the dozens that are now part of the Maine Oyster Trail. ‘It takes roughly two years to get this oyster to market, so any opportunity we have to share two years of labor with somebody, we quite enjoy that,’ Love Point Oysters owner Ben Hamilton said. The idea for the oyster trail was born during the pandemic when oyster sales to restaurants plummeted.”