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March 24, 2014

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Marsha Weaver

Cedar Key has the trails we really enjoy. Bug spray...check!

Oh my goodness. I didn't know there was so much to know about a clam. What a wonderful tour.

I see the Octopus photos. Have either of you eaten it? As Italians, we have it at Christmas. Very tasty.

Marilyn

Interesting info -- can't wait to hear & see more about Cedar Key.

Janice Williford Evans

a very interesting day!

Linda & Rob

Glad you had the chance to visit Cedar Key. Enjoyed reading your very informative synopsis of the tour you took at Southern Cross Sea Farm. After reading about it I was sorry that we didn't make the time to take the tour during our visit.

Rob & Linda

Hey guys, I think Linda may have already commented, but thanks again for the mention! Great post on some of the things we didn't get to do at Cedar Key, in particular the hard shell clam tour. Had no idea they are farming Quahogs! They are native to RI's Narragansett Bay where I (Rob) grew up and a big industry there. Our family used to harvest them ourselves in shallow waters using our feet to dig them out of the mud. The pro's dig them in deeper water from flat bottom skiffs using special long handled rakes called "bull rakes". One perhaps little known piece of info is that naturally growing Quahogs in "polluted" areas are relocated to clean water (under the watchful eye of the environmental police) and re-harvested after several weeks when they have purged the pollutants. We mostly use Quahogs for chowder as the big ones are very tough, although the smaller "Little Necks" are popular on the half shell (don't know why they call them that cause they don't have necks!). Truth be told, soft shell clams (aka "steamers") that live near the beaches are our favorite eating clams - and they DO have necks (well actually its properly termed a "foot"). In any case it is VERY interesting to hear about the painstaking process of farming Quahogs, considering we had always taken their existence for granted. Thanks again for the great post!

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