Exmouth Mussels are closed for the spawning season
Every spring, as the water temperature rises, mussels come into breeding condition and, in March or April, depending on watter temperature, they spawn.
This is a very dramatic and unpredictable event which means our mussels are wonderful one day and in terrible condition the next.
Some mussel farms continue to supply at this time but the meats will be watery and very small and the shelf life awful. Nature has its cycle and we must respect it. A bowl of mussels eaten at this time would give a very negative impression of this wonderful organic product.
Exmouth Mussels have built their reputation on top quality produce and our customers understand this natural process and support our stance. Without this period there would be no future stock to harvest.
Please be reassured that we will be back in production as soon as the meat content has recovered in the plankton rich waters of the Exe, which usually takes about 3 weeks.
Myles Blood Smyth 8th April 2013