The Season for Clams
Ever been to a clam hut that ran out of clams? A few weeks ago, after a two-page spread on Bob's came out in Yankee magazine, we were that clam hut!
What happened? you might be wondering. Was it the article? Did you sell so many clams you ran out?
Actually, that's not exactly what happened. Yes, we ran out of clams--but not because of Yankee.
Just like tomatoes in the summer or pumpkins in the fall, clams have seasons when they are bountiful and in-demand. Most of the time, particularly in the spring and summer, when clams are "in season," we are able to get clams to Bob's that come only from Maine and Massachusetts. But just like with apples and tomatoes, weather plays a big part in what we can our hands on.
When winter is especially cold--and this winter was ESPECIALLY cold--clam flats freeze. Clam flats are acres of land where clam diggers dig down in the mud to get clams. The clams are safe when the flats freeze because only the water over the flats gets cold; the mud is okay. But clam diggers can't get past the ice to the mud, which means the diggers are out of luck until the weather warms up again.
Luckily, the last couple weeks we've gotten enough warm weather that we've been able to get New England clams again. But the week that Yankee came out, we were trying to order clams from Maryland because we couldn't get clams here.
In twenty years, we've only run out of clams twice. We don't anticipate running out again anytime soon. And we will continue to offer the freshest clams available, even if they come from Maryland, because we can tell the difference between fresh and frozen clams, and we believe fresh clams are better!
Did you know clams and other seafood have harvest seasons? We'd love to know what you know as well as hear your questions. Leave a comment below, or send us a message on Facebook! And as always, eat clams!