If you are looking for a true artisan product, you have to check out Bangs Island Mussels. Since 1999, Gary and Matt Moretti have been growing mussels in Casco Bay. As stated by Matt, “Our business is based on a profound respect for the ocean. We call ourselves farmers, but really we’re facilitators, working with nature to create an ideal place for mussels to grow. Once they are eased onto our ropes suspended above the ocean floor, Bangs Island Mussels spend their entire life in the water column. Positioned away from sandy, silty tidal zones, they mature rapidly and accumulate almost no grit on their way to your plate.
The result on harvest day is a vastly superior product. We bring only the sweetest, plumpest, and most tender mussels to market — with an unmatched meat-to-shell ratio.” Check out this video (Bang Island Mussels) made by Eater, which showcases the entire process of harvesting these great mussels.
We did a taste test here in our test kitchen and we were blown away. These mussels have a clean ocean taste and the meat fill is unreal. Each shell is bursting with meat. If a premium mussel is something you’re looking for, this product is for you!