Monday, July 10, 2006
Clam Farming...Back At The Packing House
After the clams are harvested, they have to be cleaned and graded. What Kelly and his crew are looking for, are the clams that measure at least 7/8 inch thickness. This goal here is not to grow big tough clams, but rather young succulent clams in the 7/8 to one inch range. These are currently bringing 12 cents each to the farmer.
In the picture above, Kelly is in position to sort clams into the orange baskets. He has to watch for any damaged, encrusted, or undersize clams. Bill is at the other end of the grader/cleaner roller machine and he is prewashing and adding baskets of clams from the boat.
Mr. B. overseeing the operation. As that cylinder of stainless steel bars rotates, the junk shell and trash falls through the spaces and the good clams tumble and slide down to the baskets.
Bill feeding clams into the rotating cylinder. After our clams were cleaned they went into a cold storage room.
Rosie, the wholesaler who owns this facility will further sort and bag these clams for shipment around the world. I believe she said our clams were heading to Pennsylvania and New York.
We finished just after sunset, tired, wet, and thrilled to have had a good harvest.
I drove home wet and happy again.
Keep your eyes peeled...
...Mr. B. said I need to go mullet fishing with him...
Posted by R.Powers at 1:10 PM