A Visit to Cove Mussel Farm (with Siren SeaSa)

If you invite Anna Larsen to a picnic, you can be sure of one thing: she’ll bring oysters.

I met Anna at Eat Retreat a few months back—she brought oysters. A few weeks back, Kimberley (from The Year in Food) and I joined Anna for a tour of the plant where she works, followed by a tour and tasting of Hop Kiln Winery—she brought oysters. We were camping in Capay Saturday—she brought the…well, you see where this is going.

A few weeks back, Anna announced the launch of new project, Siren SeaSA. (Yep, she’s bringing delivering oysters!) From the website:

Siren SeaSA is an obsessively curated seafood subscription service that sources only the finest sustainably caught local seafood.

I tried to convince her that shipping to Fresno fits within the definition of “local” (hey, it works with produce), but Anna’s limiting the first round to Bay-area folks, and only 100 of them. The first fish ship this week: wild king salmon (filleted). Color me jealous.

To get a taste of what’s being offered in the subscription, I joined Anna for a tour of Mussel Cove Farm in Tomales Bay—that’s the farm pictured above. Here’s Anna with oyster farmer Scott Zahl:

Note that they’re both in boots; Kim and I, on the other hand, were in flip flops. Flip flops do not protect you from jelly fish.

A few of my favorite shots from the day:

Also, if Kim ever runs for office, this will be her campaign photo:

Thanks for the adventure, Anna! (I’m seriously considering a series of trips to the city over the next six weeks so I can subscribe.)

6 Responses to “A Visit to Cove Mussel Farm (with Siren SeaSa)”

  1. boogie
    July 12, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    awesome pics as always! love the clarity & the storytelling

    • james
      July 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      Thanks Boogie! It was a fun story to tell 🙂

  2. Kevin Medeiros
    July 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Great post. The blurb about Kim’s campaign photo was a good ending!

    • james
      July 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      Thanks, Kevin!

  3. Nicole
    July 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Looks like a fun field trip! Also, Kim should run for office based on that photo alone.

    • james
      July 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      Ha! Good call, Nicole.

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