A 135-year-old piece of maritime history becomes the home for our very modern oyster farm.
Greenport NY July 2014 – The little shack in the heart of Greenport Village has seen a fair share of time and tides. It began life as the wheelhouse of a great whaling ship until that fishery faded into history. Later, sturdy men gathered around a blazing potbelly stove wove tremendous menhaden nets. As Greenport took its right place as one of the great oyster producing ports of the world, the shack supported legions of shuckers, rumrunners, and then sold bait and tackle to the sport fishermen who followed. The great brown tides of the 80’s laid waste to the last of the working waterfront and gave way to the tourist trade. The old bait shop was mostly empty. Hurricane Sandy dealt a particularly tough blow.
It will once again be a part of Greenport’s working waterfront. Little Creek will use it as the farm’s headquarters and shipping center. Of course, oysters will be center stage. Customers can buy bags of fresh oysters and shuck them at one of the picnic tables. Due to our inclusive approach, other small growers and farmers will have the opportunity to share the fruits of their labor as well as we showcase small oyster farms from the Peconic Bay and East End of Long Island.
The space will be programmed with a wide range of events. Community and education outreach programs including a unique opportunity to build marine observation buoys, screen award winning documentaries. Tasting activities are in the works pairing with local wineries and craft breweries to bring a complete taste of the North Fork.
Amazingly the shop doesn’t have a modern address! Officially we at:
Row off Front Street, Greenport NY 11944
you can set your GPS/Google to:
37 Front Street Greenport NY 11944
and then find your way to the water.
Call us at 631-477-6992 if you get lost!