Oysters from Damariscotta!

Oysters ready to be shucked

Damariscotta oysters ready to be shucked and plated

A sure sign of spring: oystering has begun on the Maine coast and our favorite spot for quaffing them (along with a pint of Pemaquid Ale ) is King Eider’s Pub, on the main drag in Damariscotta.  This delightful village is about a 40-minute drive north of Coveside on highway one. It sits at the top of the lovely Pemaquid peninsula, home to lighthouses, a favorite summer restaurant — Shaws Fish and Lobster Wharf in the village of New Harbor, and great scenery. We think these oysters from Darariscotta River, raised in the chilly waters of Maine, are about the finest oysters we’ve ever tasted. But ice in the river prevents their harvesting during the winter months.  All the more reason to take advantage of these treats when they are available!

Maple Syrup and Fresh Oysters

Five gallons of Maine maple syrup -- just enough for the 2011 season!

A rainy spring day: time to head north to pick up our five-gallon supply of Maine maple syrup for the 2011 season.  And, along the way, to enjoy some of the fabulous fresh oysters at the Damariscotta River Grill — about 40 minutes north of Coveside.

The Damariscotta River Grill, home to great local oysters on the half shell

Jim Freyenhagen's sugar shack near Union, Maine