Chef’s Field Day on the Chesapeake Bay

One of the things I love about working for Roseda is that I get to have all kinds of really cool adventures with some awesome people in the food industry.  I was invited to attend a Chef’s Field day on the Chesapeake Bay, hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Commercial Fisheries Division.  Steve Vilnit was our host and guide and was incredibly knowledgeable!

Crab Picking

Crab Picking

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Watermen

Commercial Fish Trap

Commercial Fish Trap

Hoppers Island Oyster Aquaculture

Hoppers Island Oyster Aquaculture

We saw watermen out on the bay harvesting blue crab, visited a crab picking factory, and a commercial fish trap. At Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture, we learned how important oysters are to the health of the bay.  One oyster filters the algae out of 50 gallons of water each day!  I learned about the food chain and how important sharks are to the health of the bay, yes sharks. Sharks eat sting rays and sting rays eat oysters. When a shark is killed, the sting rays become more populous and devastate the oysters.  The circle of life is so important to the environment, whether it is the nitrogen and carbon cycles of grass – cow – cow patty – insects – soil or Chesapeake Bay algae – oyster – stingray – shark, it’s all very important and fascinating.  Many thanks and much appreciation to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources! — Mike

Oyster Lunch

Oyster Lunch on the Grill

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About Roseda Beef

Roseda Beef is a family-operated business, started in 1999. We are a farm dedicated to raising the finest Black Angus beef. From cattle fed only on grass, soybean meal, corn, hay and fresh water, with grain to finish. We use no growth hormones. No chemical additives. No antibiotics, unless medically necessary. We emphasize quality over quantity. We dry-age every cut of our beef the old-fashioned way, for a delightful tenderness, and fuller, richer flavor. Our goal is simple: to provide the finest beef you’ll ever eat – with attentive, enthusiastic service from the people who raise it. Because that’s what you, our customers, have told us you look forward to when you buy Roseda Beef.
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