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Snails eat mint at Peconic Escargot, the nation’s only USDA certified snail farm. Life on the nation’s only USDA certified snail farm is, as one might imagine, pretty slow. And quiet. And small, with the entire farm contained replica bags china within one 300 square foot greenhouse in the middle of Long Island’s wine country. At Peconic Escargot, 30,000 to 50,000 petit gris snails coexist in large plastic bins of dirt, munching on wild greens, living a life mostly free of drama.

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Still, the snail farm is not entirely absent of intrigue. “We haven’t had any escapes,” Knapp said. When I laughed, he replied, “No, really. That’s what the USDA is worried about. These snails would be an invasive species.” The neighboring farmers replica designer backpacks and winegrowers would be furious.

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“We actually have to be careful of the way 7a replica bags wholesale we portray them on Instagram,” Knapp said. “We don’t want to portray snails as high replica bags cute. We want people to eat them.”

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Brewer sees a potentially sustainable food source from this invasive species. “Snails have a much smaller carbon footprint than most traditional protein sources,” Brewer said. “They’re a healthy protein, low in fat and really versatile.” Knapp says he’s able to produce 40 pounds of protein a week from his 300 square foot greenhouse, a much smaller footprint than beef, pork or chicken.

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When Knapp hatched the idea for Peconic Escargot with his wife, Kate, in 2013, he was working as a chef on Long Island. Before that, he had worked at several restaurants in designer replica luggage Europe, including the renowned Noma in Copenhagen. He was astonished to find that he couldn’t get fresh snails in the United States. At first, he launched replica wallets a Kickstarter campaign, but soon enough he had to seek out significant investment. “We’ve spent thousands of dollars working with the USDA,” he said. “This is not a get rich quick scheme.” They’ve only been selling snails since last summer.

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The learning curve was steep. “I’m not a farmer, I’m not a biologist. to talk with.” In the beginning, they killed a lot of snails because the greenhouse was too hot. Then they tried to feed them cornmeal, the way producers in Europe do. But American cornmeal is much coarser, and the diet blocked the snails’ intestines. “They’d swell up and they’d literally explode. It was awful,” he said. Now, the snails at Peconic subsist on an aaa replica bags all natural diet of greens such as wild watercress, dandelion, burdock, clover and sorrel. high end replica bags And lots of dirt, from which they take in minerals and calcium.

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Usually, during the purging at Peconic, the snails eat spent grain, malted barley that had been used in craft beer production. Knapp pointed to one special bin and said, “These guys here are purging on mint.” This last supper was at the request of chefs at the famed Eleven Madison high quality designer replica Park in Manhattan.

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