From its very own oyster farm off of Fleets Island, Virginia, MOM’s Organic Market is adding oysters to its list of sustainable seafood choices.
MOM’s Oyster Farm promotes conservancy and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. Partners like the Environmental Working Group helped with research, and the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s trained staff and is working with MOM’s to offer oyster shell recycling. To support its ongoing work in the Bay, MOM’s is donating 5 percent of store sales on Friday, Dec. 5, to the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
MOM’s leases ocean bottom acreage off of Fleets Island.
“We started with 500,000 oyster spat in spring of 2013,” said MOM’s founder Scott Nash. “Through trials and tribulations, we’ve learned about soft mud bottom vs. firm sandy bottom, how ocean currents impact oyster growth, how often oysters need to be culled and moved to larger cages, and floating cages vs. bottom cages. This year, the mortality rate of our oysters was 80 percent, higher than average rates, but these were important lessons to learn and we are confident that of the 500,000 oyster spat we started this past spring, we will have most of them available for sale by September 2015.”
There was a time when oysters were an incredibly abundant and reasonably priced source of protein. MOM’s goal is to its direct-trade oyster farm to make oysters affordable. The Maryland-based company will be offering them at $14 for two dozen.
MOM’s will sample and sell oysters at the grand opening of its new D.C. store on New York Ave NE today and through Nov. 16, as well as in Rockville and Alexandria. MOM’s also will accept oyster shells at these stores for responsible recycling with the Oyster Recovery Partnership.
The D.C. store is Maryland-based MOM’s 12th location in the Washington/Baltimore/Philadelphia areas.