Lifelong Clammer and Wife Open Baymen’s Seafood and Produce in Tuckerton

By Pat Johnson | Jul 31, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson LOCAL AND FRESH: Sue Mulligan holds a basket of clams her husband, Ed, harvested in Great Bay. The Mulligans have opened Baymen’s Seafood and Produce in the former B&B produce stand in Tuckerton.

Tuckerton — Baymen’s Seafood and Produce has relocated from New Gretna, where it was near Allen’s Dock, to the former B&B produce stand on Route 9 in Tuckerton. Residents in the area are thrilled to have a food store with healthy options operating again in their neighborhood.

There are some big changes in the store, though – its seafood selection is the “star” with a supporting cast of Jersey Fresh produce.

Ed and Sue Mulligan are lifelong residents of the area. Sue’s family goes back 300 years in the Loveland and McAnny families of Bass River. Ed’s family comes from Lower Bank and he is a full-time bayman who has been clamming his entire life.

The clams that are sold in a variety of sizes are “wild caught” in Great Bay by Ed. He also has clam beds where he can store his wild-caught clams. Live crabs come directly from boats owned by friends the couple has known for years. “We sell bushels of crabs. People go crazy for them,” said Sue.

The fresh fish in the large case are off the fishing boats from Viking Village in Barnegat Light, said Sue. “It’s all-American seafood, caught wild in the sea.” The selection includes ocean scallops, fresh tuna, cod, flounder and fluke, plus whatever else is landed that day. “It’s fresh daily as needed,” said Sue.

Back to clams: Sue and Ed sort them into five sizes: little necks, middle necks or specials, top necks, cherries and chowders.

“We also have Ipswich clams, what people call piss clams, that are good steamers. Those come from Maine,” she added.

The produce comes from Hammonton farmers and here you will find fresh Jersey corn and tomatoes, peaches, plums, melons, green peppers – anything Jersey.

The store itself is clean with a new coat of paint and is “still a work in progress,” said Sue. “We’ll be adding more refrigeration as we go forward,” she said. And they have a tank for live lobsters but need to get a new compressor. Then they will add the live crustaceans.

Because the couple has two daughters still in college, Sue has kept her job working early mornings at the local Acme where she has worked for 34 years. “I work 6 to 11 a.m., then run home, change and run to the store,” she said. The couple recently purchased a home in Little Egg so the commute is doable.

The store, located at 198 West Main Street (Route 9), across from the Red Men Lodge, is open six days a week, closed Mondays. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 609-294-9494.  —P.J.

 

 

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