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Littleneck Clams Farmed by Hand

Fine Cooking Issue 74
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Cape Cod’s Wellfleet Bay is blessed with certain quirks of nature that make it an ideal place for shellfish: plenty of water circulation, fresh springs, and good algae growth. The bay is also home to Patrick and Barbara Woodbury’s clam beds, which harbor some of the most succulent littlenecks around. Pat and Barb met in graduate school while studying marine zoology and then left school to make a go at farming shellfish in Wellfleet. Word of their fine clams soon spread throughout the area.

What makes Woodbury clams so delicious has much to do with the gift of a great site—and a hands-on approach that “gives us a unique awareness and control of the quality of our shellfish,” says Pat. He and Barb take vigilant care of the beds, they harvest and sort by hand, and, unlike large-scale producers, they monitor the entire process themselves, from planting to personally ­delivering the clams to their customers. 

To learnn more, visit www.woodburyclams.com.

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