About our Farm
Nonesuch Oysters is a young, award-winning, boutique oyster farm. Our mission is to produce one of Maine’s best oysters and to have a positive impact on the local community.
We are located within a nature conservancy at Nonesuch Point in Scarborough, Maine, just south of Portland. Our Scarborough River boasts a Grade A water classification due to its "outstanding natural resource waters." That's why we have such great-tasting, healthy oysters!
Already among Maine's favorites, Nonesuch free range oysters are gaining recognition nationwide for their beautiful color, hard shell and bright, fresh, salty-sweet taste with hints of sea grass.
Nonesuch Oysters have been showcased on the menu at New York’s celebrated James Beard House (3 times!) and at Grand Central Oyster Bar.
We also received a lovely write-up in
Rowan Jacobsen's, OysterGuide.com,
"Nature works well when we let it."
Growing Beautiful Oysters Takes Time
Maine-native Abigail Carroll, and her team of young marine science enthusiasts, grow American (crassostrea virginica) and European Flat (edulis, otherwise known as ‘Bélon’) varieties using traditional, environmentally-safe, grow-out methods.
The motto of the farm has become: nature works well when you let it.
We grow only naturally spawning seed (diploids, as opposed to triploids) sourced from Maine hatcheries and the oysters themselves are finished on the bottom, either free-range, meaning they spend the better part of their lives loose on the bottom of the riverbed, or in trays sitting on the bottom.
While the difference in grow out techniques seems minor, the outcomes are surprisingly important and result in our having two brands of product: Nonesuch Emeralds - bright green in color and a robust meat with sweet grassy notes and Abigail Pearls - white in color and a more delicate meat accentuating the brine.
Will and Alex. Male models for Grundens. ;)
Maddi in her Nonesuch Hazmat Suit
Catch of the Day
Kim with her invention
Dropping off Oysters for Niles
Our first Free Range Oysters
Duncan helping out