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Cape Cod's Oyster Breeding Grounds Are A Pearl Of A Getaway

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The Travel Report's latest "catch of the day" shows how visitors can taste New England oysters in Cape Cod. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

The dazzling views of Cape Cod from Scargo Tower in East Dennis, Mass. are pretty much in your face. Less evident in the surrounding waters, though, is a breeding ground for some of New England's tastiest oysters.

"It takes us approximately three years to grow an oyster here from seed. And some other towns like Wellfleet, for instance, which we can see right across the bay, they will grow an oyster in about a year-and-a-half," says John Lowell of the East Dennis Oyster Farm.

Lowell and his wife Stephanie feverishly harvest during the three or four hours of low tide every day, counting exactly 100 oysters into each bag.

"So we'll tag them and then we'll get them immediately on ice right here on the farm, and we'll transport them to our federally licensed facility, where we will chill them immediately and deliver under refrigeration right into the walk-ins of our local restaurants," Lowell says.

Lowell's bivalves also make regular trips into Manhattan.

"In New York City, we are very happy to be serving Oceana, Marea on Central Park South and Momofuku Ma Peche, which are three of New York’s finest dining establishments," he says.

On occasion, Lowell offers off-season visits to his oyster farm, though he stops short of calling his business a tourist destination.

"This is a working farm. We're not Plimoth Plantation, we're not paid actors," Lowell says. "We're very busy. The less hand-holding that we have to do with somebody who is interested in coming out here, the better it would be, and an oyster purchase always helps your tour experience."

If you find a pearl inside one of Lowell's oysters, it's yours to keep. He already has Stephanie.

"People ask me about pearls all the time and she would be my pearl, absolutely," Lowell says.

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