Ketcham's Seafarm was founded in 2013 with one simple goal:
Produce the best half shell oyster on the east coast.
Matt Ketcham, Owner of Ketcham's Seafarm, Peconic Gold Oysters Inc. , developed a love for the sea early in life through fishing. Formally a captain on the Prime Time III, a Party/Charter boat sailing from Orient Point, NY; he can't picture doing anything else but working on the water.
After high school, he wrestled and studied at the University of Rhode Island, where he gained an even further interest for the sea by working on commercial and recreational fishing boats, as well as oyster farms throughout the Northeast. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree through the University's world-renowned Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology program.
In 2009, the Suffolk County Aquaculture Leasing Program presented Matt with an amazing opportunity to apply for a lease on underwater lands in the historically productive Peconic Bay. After winning a lottery, his 10-acre lease in Peconic Bay was secured. No time was wasted applying for permits and buying gear.
After a lot of hard work and help from family and friends in May, 2013 the first 100,000 oysters was planted on the farm utilizing off botom culture. A combination of art and science, oyster farming is a constant learning process. It is extremely rewarding work and if theres one thing that we learned from our first season selling oysters it's that we need to grow a lot more! And more is exactly what we have been doing!
Fast forward to 2019 and we still need to grow more oysters! The good news is that we have more oysters in the water than ever before, and we are hoping for an early spring so we can get these babies to market fast.