|Woodman's of Essex|
I found out that the Ipswich Clams are world famous due to how the clams are harvested. Growing up in Maine clams traditionally live in a gravel bed, not a sandy one. But for clams that come from Ipswich there is something special about them. The town of Ipswich has the Ipswich Bay where foodies will be in clam heaven because the flavors of the clams come from the cleanest sand, unpolluted water, gentle tidal flow to name a few of the natural environmental habitats that characterize the circumstances that produce what most will call the sweetest & most tender clam that they ever tasted. To harvest clams they must be raked by hand, at low tide & any clam smaller than two inches is put back. I ended up in the neighboring town of Essex for the famous Woodman’s of Essex “A Yankee Tradition Since 1914”,Woodman's (as locals would refer to it), for clams & other seafood deities for lunch.
Today, fried clams are a summertime staple in New England of amazing versatility, a very basic food that can be very appealing when it is bought by a shack near the beach & eaten straight away from a pint of cardboard containers. They are eaten straight away like popcorn with the many condiments & not to forget to squeeze fresh lemon on them for some zest. There’s something special with the smell of the fried seafood’s that scream a delight for any true New England day at the beach.
|Fisher Burger with Onion Rings|
|The "Famous" Fried Clams|