Krista Tripp grows Aphrodite Oysters on 22 lines and has 3 different locations in the lower Weskeag River-a seed site, grow site and purge site. Aphrodites are meaty oysters with a strong forward brine balanced with an underlying sweetness that lingers after the initial brine subsides. They grow in strong current and cold ocean waters. In the winter, Krista sinks her oysters at a location downriver where the water is deeper, so the oysters don’t freeze. The South Thomaston region is cold so it takes 3-4 years to plump up to market size.