The leaves are beginning to turn and the weather is getting cooler here in Somerset County, MD! While fall brings about the cozy trends of pumpkin spice and football game appetizers, did you know that fall is one of the best times for crabs and seafood? In fact, October is National Seafood Month in the United States! While fresh shellfish can be enjoyed year-round, there are several reasons why this time of year stands out as the best.
Why Fall is the Best Time for Fresh Crabs & Seafood
As summer transitions into fall, the water temperatures become cooler and prompt many types of seafood, including crabs, to fatten up in preparation for the winter. This results in plumper, juicier, and more flavorful crustaceans.
Crab Molting Season
Are you a softshell crab fan? The molting season for crabs is in the fall. During this period, crabs shed their old shells and develop new, softer shells underneath. These "soft-shell" crabs are popular for their tender, sweet meat. The delicious and rich taste makes them a delicacy for seafood lovers.
Peak Season for Oysters
While oysters are available year-round, the fall and winter on the Eastern Shore produce the most rich and plump oysters you’ve ever tasted because of the perfect oyster environment.
In contrast to the summer months, seafood tends to have less demand from tourists in our coastal towns of Somerset County. Along with crabs, you can find other delectable catches, including oysters, clams, and a variety of fish species.
Come visit Somerset County, MD in the peak of seafood season for the best fresh crabs, oysters, and seafood around!