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Clams in April?

crawfish Mar 24, 2013 07:44 AM

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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    dfrostnh Mar 24, 2013 03:33 PM

    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
      crawfish Mar 25, 2013 01:07 PM

      She's looking for steamers.

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

      1. re: crawfish
        dfrostnh Mar 26, 2013 05:12 AM

        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!

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      oddcouple1 Mar 24, 2013 05:13 PM

      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. :)

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        Fishegg Mar 28, 2013 08:12 AM

        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. trufflehound Apr 5, 2013 04:15 AM

          Diggers are a hearty bunch.

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            dwdunn Apr 5, 2013 05:31 AM

            only eat clams in a month with vowels

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            1. re: dwdunn
              catsmeow Apr 5, 2013 04:27 PM

              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
                dwdunn Apr 7, 2013 03:46 PM

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

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                  hilltowner Apr 10, 2013 05:23 AM

                  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.

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                    dwdunn Apr 13, 2013 06:02 AM

                    clams can be eaten in months with funds available

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                      hilltowner Apr 15, 2013 09:21 AM

                      And that's the real truth, folks.

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                jackattack Apr 12, 2013 02:57 PM

                I think you can get them all year round but the type varies, sometimes small and crunchy, sometimes big and juicy.....this place outside of Waterville is one of the best of the year-round joints, popular even in winter as people are heading to and from the ski areas


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                  crawfish May 22, 2013 07:21 AM

                  Finally had a follow up conversation with my sister-in-law about her trip. They ended up going to Bar Harbor and Acadia. They had a wonderful time but ... NO STEAMERS.

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