11/16/16 6:00am


The first Monday in November is a date that gets every seafood lover’s mouth salivating.

It is opening day of bay scallop season.

These delicious morsels are only available during the winter months and the demand is always high for them. In the days leading up to the opener, scallopers ready their dredges, dig out their viewing boxes, and service their dive gear. (more…)

10/31/16 6:03am

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For many, the fall harvest is winding down on the North Fork. Most grapes have been picked and are fermenting, pumpkins have been carved and apples have been turned into delicious pies and warm cider.

But for our local baymen and seafood lovers, another highly anticipated harvest is about to begin — the opening of bay scallop season on Monday, Nov. 7. (more…)

11/14/15 6:05am
Bay scallops á là vodka with butternut squash and baby peas. (Credit: John Ross)

Bay scallops á là vodka with butternut squash and baby peas. (Credit: John Ross)

Four ways to celebrate scallop season
Give me my scallop shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My scrip of joy, immortal diet,
My bottle of salvation,
My gown of glory, hope’s true gage,
And thus I’ll take my pilgrimage.
Excerpt, ‘The Passionate Man’s Pilgrimage’

by Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618)

After the farm stands wind down, the grapes are all in and the leaves have fallen, we begin a brand-new season every fall to breathe more life into the North Fork. The Peconic Bay scallop harvest begins the first Monday of November and stretches until March — or until the scallops run out.

Bay scallops are a chef’s dream to cook because they can be prepared so many ways, or not cooked at all. They test our imagination and the only rule is not to over-prepare them. Keep it simple enough to let their natural flavors shine through. Here are some fresh suggestions. (more…)

11/12/15 7:26pm
Lisa Kaytis of Southold stands near a pile of scallops at Southold Fish Market. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lisa Kaytis of Southold stands near a pile of scallops at Southold Fish Market. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

This year, the scallop season started Nov. 2 and goes until March.

So I checked in with one of my favorite fish mongers, Charlie Manwaring of Southold Fish Market, who tells us that this year’s bounty is different than last.

“They are not as abundant this year, however, they are scattered throughout the bay in shallow and deep water, which is a very, very good sign,” he said. (more…)

11/03/15 6:00am
Lisa Kaytis of Southold stands near a pile of scallops at Southold Fish Market. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lisa Kaytis of Southold stands near a pile of scallops at Southold Fish Market. (Credit: Paul Squire)

As this year’s first crop of bay scallops came in to Southold Fish Market Monday, the baymen agreed: this season could have been better.

“We actually thought it was going to be good,” said Charlie Manwaring, owner of the fish market, “but a lot of guys are coming in, many guys not [reaching] their limit.”

The bay scallop season kicked off Monday, with many bemoaning a lackluster start that didn’t match up to the success of years past. (more…)