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Mar 24, 2013 07:44 AM

Clams in April?

My sister in law is asking about clams in Maine in April. My gut says no because who in their right mind would be digging clams in April when there is very little demand. But I thought I'd ask you folks just in case.

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  1. You can get clams all year round but they might not be freshly shucked. It looks like you can go clamming year round in Maine. A town license might be required and you need to check to make sure there's no red tide/clam flats are closed. Around here, demand is year round but probably gets higher when tourists are around. Are you looking for fresh steamers or fried clams? I've never seen them not on a menu. There are restaurants in New England that specialize in seafood. We had lobster for New Year's Eve but didn't get steamers.
    I just think it's funny that you don't think anyone would be digging clams in April. It's probably cooler and less buggy. Perfect weather!

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      She's looking for steamers.

      They dig in sub zero mud? I'm impressed!

      1. re: crawfish

        crawfish, it's not sub zero in April even if we might have a blizzard. Here in the woods, April can be a great month - no black flies!

    2. I live on NH seacoast and we eat LOTS of clams through the winter! Just had some about a week ago at Newicks, giant tender bellies. We had steamers for the appetizer, and fried for the meal. :)

      1. They'll dig all year road in New England as long as the price is there and the flats aren't closed due to weather/ice or health safety closures after heavy rains

          1. only eat clams in a month with vowels

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            1. re: dwdunn

              All months have vowels. I think you might be thinking of the saying that about eating clams in a month with an r in it is not recommended. In other words, the ok months are May thru August.

              1. re: catsmeow

                know kidding? All months have vowels? The point was, one can eat clams anytime, which is available (almost) all the time!

                1. re: catsmeow

                  Actually, you've got that backwards. The saying is to only eat raw oysters in Months that end in R. Colder water is considered safer. Doesn't matter though. Commercial oysters, (and clams), can be eaten any time.

                  1. re: hilltowner

                    clams can be eaten in months with funds available

                    1. re: dwdunn

                      And that's the real truth, folks.