Katama Bays

Apr 21, 2008

Famously sandy Katama Bay, home of postcard-perfect beaches, separates Chappaquiddick Island from the rest of Martha’s Vineyard. Katama, which means “crab-fishing place” in the original Wampanoag, is a shellfish bonanza. Clamdiggers and scallopers cruise its shallow waters, and  oysters sit happily on that nice, solid substrate and get scrubbed clean in the currents, accounting for their bleached shells. The flavor mixes intense brine, as you’d expect from such Atlantic parts, with a sweet-cream roundness that is mysterious and wonderful, making these some of New England’s finest. They are farmed by several growers, so they might also appear as Sweet Petites.

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