October’s character truly shines in New England. Nantucket celebrates this with the annual Scallop Harvest, where visitors and natives can go out into the bay with nets and wearing waders to collect these buried treasures. This year’s harvest was a success, proven by the buckets full of scallops we carried back to shore with us to shuck at the end of the day. Hot chocolate and clam chowder warm up the afternoon of shucking, and the anticipation of the feast that will follow that evening adds excitement to the mission. After shucking, we turn the scallops over to the chef at a restaurant in town, who uses them to prepare a feast for all of the participants. This feast is the ultimate reward for a day of fun work, and the perfect way to warm up after a damp fall day on the water.