Oyster farmers say business is booming | New




MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) – Oysters are a hot commodity for seafood lovers right now, and oyster farmers are having a blast.

Running the Mystic Oysters farm is Jim Markow, a 45-year veteran. Mystic Oysters sows 50 acres off Mystic, harvesting thousands of pounds of fresh oysters each year, selling even more since the pandemic.

“We’ve had a lot of restaurants coming out of the woods where they need product,” Markow said.

The oyster trade is booming and the product is sought after in local farmers’ markets and restaurants, such as the nearby engine room.

“The pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the importance of eating and shopping locally,” said Dan Meiser, Oyster Club and Engine Room restaurateur.

Mark Harrell is the captain of Mystic Oysters and as of Monday he was overseeing one of seven full-time employees sorting and packing boxes of oysters bound for Philadelphia.

“Our wholesale markets have exploded, our direct sales to restaurants have exploded, even our retail sales here at our store in Noank have been ecstatic,” said Harrell.

At present, Mystic Oysters is emerging as one of the biggest suppliers of oysters, and the demand is only growing, like microscopic oysters.

“The idea is that we can grow enough to be the biggest volume supplier on this side of Connecticut,” Harrell said.

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