Sebonac Inlet Oyster Farm
Dave Wood is the old-timer at Sebonac Inlet Oyster Farm. He got his start on the water in the late 1950’s as a young boy when his parents owned a fishing station in New Suffolk L.I.. During most of the years of his life, the wild-harvesting of clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops were his part-time, full-time, and recreational pursuits. Following 30 years as a Special Educator at a local school district, where he met his like-minded, salty partners Kevin and Ken, Dave learned about the art and science of aquaculture by raising his own oysters through the help of Cornell Cooperative’s SPAT Program at Southampton Town’s Tiana Beach in East Quogue. It was there that he received the inspiration to begin oyster farming in Great Peconic Bay.
Kevin Fey has been around the water for his whole life. Growing up in Lindenhurst L.I., Kevin dug clams in Great South Bay during his school years. When he wasn’t digging clams, he could usually be found somewhere between Democrat Point and Montauk Point catching Stripers, or whatever other fish were in season. He is known to be able to catch fish when nobody else is able to catch them. We are still not sure how he manages to do this, but the phenomenon has been witnessed by many. Kevin learned about oyster aquaculture from the SPAT Program and instantly became hooked. He now brings his uncanny abilities to our Farm.
Ken Krause has also been around the water for his whole life. Growing up in Mt. Sinai L.I., Ken has been a fisherman for as long as he can remember. As the owner of several boats during his life, he is an expert at recreationally fishing the waters anywhere from Mt. Sinai Harbor, to the Hudson Canyon, and northward to Lake Ontario during the Fall Salmon runs each year. He has also been known to dig a few clams and look-box a few scallops. Like Dave and Kevin, Ken received training in the raising of oysters with the SPAT program as well. Among his other positive attributes, Ken brings his enviable knowledge of boats, the waters, and all things physical and mechanical to our Farm.
We at Sebonac Inlet Oyster Farm planted our first oysters in September 2018, and as we have just recently started operations, we will not have oysters for sale until the first crop of “Sebonac Teacups” matures and passes the rigid set of standards that we place on any oyster that we would consider worthy of our names and our goal, which is to produce the “Finest Oysters Known to Man.”
FARMERS: Dave Wood, Kevin Fey, and Ken Krause
FARM LOCATION: Great Peconic Bay
OYSTER NAMES: Sebonac Teacups
FLAVOR PROFILE: Delicious!