It’s that time again, when Maine Coast Sea Vegetables shuts down for the month of August to allow the harvests to come in, take care of things in our building that can’t be done when we’re open, and take a little break. The website, www.seaveg.com, is available for information but the webstore and offices will be closed until Tuesday September 2nd.
This tradition began in the days when it was only a few people at MCSV taking orders, packing and shipping orders, and harvesting the sea veggies, with the harvest peaking in mid- to late summer. There simply wasn’t enough time to do it all with just a few people.
These days there are nearly twenty of us working year-round at MCSV, plus many harvesters fanning out along the Gulf of Maine coast, and the harvest stretches from April to October. Soon, we hope, with the coming of farmed seaweed from our coastal waters, the harvest will continue to evolve and expand. We’ve been working hard on seaweed aquaculture projects with Sarah Redmond of Maine Sea Grant, Susan Brawley at the University of Maine and the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, Ocean Approved in southern Maine, shellfish farmers and fishermen looking to diversify into seaweed growing, and many others.
So the August shutdown’s purpose has morphed a bit over time, but it’s a tradition that’s embedded in who we are as a business and how we sustain ourselves and our practices for the long haul.
THANK YOU to all of our customers, colleagues, friends, and supporters who’ve made this another good year to live where we live and do the work we do. We wish you a lovely August, wherever you are!
As the song goes, “See You in September…”
~~~The Maine Coast Team~~~