Monk’s Cove Oysters is a husband and wife farm, owned and operated by Patrick and Jenny Ross. Pat grew up in Bourne, and Jenny is originally from the CT shoreline. Growing up near the water, we have always shared a love of the ocean and the outdoors. Living on Cape Cod, we dreamed of making a living locally and sustainably. Our first thoughts of starting an oyster farm came from a menu item at the historic Washington D.C. oyster bar, Old Ebbit Grill. When we learned that the oysters they were serving were grown less than a mile from our home in a neighboring town, we were blown away. Our curiosity sparked, we began to learn everything there was to know about oyster farming. We took classes, we read books, we volunteered, and we ate a lot of oysters over the years following that visit to D.C. We also learned that there was once a rich tradition in oyster farming in the town of Bourne that no longer existed. We saw an important opportunity to bring the tradition back, in the same location, 100 years later.
At that time, there were no regulations for oyster farming in our town. No farms existed and no application process was available. We worked with the town to create the regulation and to become the first oyster farm in Bourne in decades.
When we are not farming, Pat is brewing beer, walking the dog, or tinkering with something he has no idea how to fix. Jenny is likely running long distances, baking pies, or at her full time job as a designer