East Beach Farm
Prior to becoming an oyster farmer, Jim Arnoux and Nick Papa began harvesting shellfish on the historic Great South Bay, the home of the original Blue Point oyster. Digging for clams had long been a tradition in his family, one passed down to him from his father and uncle. Bull rake in hand, Jim began to earn money clamming when he was 14 and continued to do so throughout his attendance at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his degree in Coastal Policy and Management. It was shortly after college when oyster farming caught Jim’s interest. After his day was done digging clams and quahogs, Jim watched intently as Lou Riccarelli and Russ Blank, two oyster farmers who later became co-founders of the oyster cooperative, tended their oyster nursery at the dock. Russ has since expanded his oyster farm, but unfortunately Louie passed away in a diving accident a couple of years ago while harvesting quahogs. Both Russ and Louie were always willing to share their trials and tribulations with Jim as he contemplated starting an oyster farm of his own.
East Beach Blondes are grown in Ninigret Pond, a body of water separate from the Narragansett Bay within the Block Island Sound. Freshwater streams flow into the shallow pond, making a great environment to grow oysters. East Beach Blondes are silky and smooth with a mild and salty flavor. They finish mild with a lingering hint of minerals.