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NO HORMONES • NO BORAX • NO ANTIBIOTICS

Osetra caviar comes only from Russian sturgeon (acipenser gueldenstaedii).
In the traditional caviar hierarchy, the Caspian Sea sturgeon species produce the best caviars in the world.
Of these, the top 3 are Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga. Osetra caviar is shadowed only by Beluga, with Sevruga in third place.

Benefits of Buying Caviar Direct from the Farm
Did you know over 80% of caviar consumed in the United States is imported from Chinese farms?
Skip the middle man; buy direct from Marshallberg Farm.
As your U.S. producer, we can offer exclusive benefits:
• Small batch, freshly harvested caviar that has never switched hands or been in transit
• Higher grades of caviar that are packed direct to final tin on harvest day, never repacked or exposed to air
• Caviar made by an American business, strictly regulated by U.S. health and safety standards
• R.A.S. sturgeon farming methods that are ranked a”Best Choice” for sustainability by Seafood Watch
• No borax, hormones, antibiotics or other illegal food additives
• The best product for your money – our pricing is competitive with middle men

Ossetra (also Osetra, Oscetra) caviar refers specifically to the roe of Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii), referred to as the Persian sturgeon (Acipenser persicus) in some regions (N. Fletcher, Caviar, Reaction Books Ltd. 2010). The “Osetra” label is reserved for Russian sturgeon caviar the way that the label “Black Angus” beef can only come from the exceptional breed of cattle that bears that name. There are 27 sturgeon species worldwide, including white sturgeon (acipenser transmontanous), Siberian sturgeon (acipenser baerii) and Sevruga (acipenser stellatus). These varieties do not produce Osetra.

Marshallberg Farm is proud to produce domestic, sustainable, quality Osetra caviar and Russian sturgeon meat. With facilities in eastern and western North Carolina, we are the the only producer of Russian sturgeon and Osetra caviar in the U.S.A.

Today's Caviar no more wild caught

Caspian sturgeon species are critically endangered in the wild. Due to over-fishing, virtually all caviar from Caspian Sea sturgeon species is currently farmed.  More than 80% of caviar sold in the US is imported from Chinese farms. Unlike China, the U.S. enforces strict food, safety and environmental regulations. Unlike imports, U.S. aquaculture farms can not use hormones, antibiotics or borax. Our fish are fed a high quality diet designed for Russian Sturgeon, made in the USA. Our processing facilities are HACCP-approved by the FDA and USDA.

 

our facilities pioneers of r.a.s.

 Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are the newest way to raise fish without negatively impacting the environment. More like a multi-million dollar water treatment plant than a fish farm, our RAS facilities provide the highest filtration possible in modern aquaculture. Although this is the most expensive way to raise fish, it is also the most responsible. Over 80% of caviar consumed in the US is imported from farms that would not pass US environmental regulations. Caviar from an RAS facility is considered the best option for both sustainability and purity. More about our facilities >

Sturgeon & Aquaculture hatch to harvest

Today, Osetra caviar is produced exclusively though aquaculture. In addition to being the primary source of caviar today, aquaculture of sturgeon is presently considered the most important component of wild sturgeon conservation programs. By providing a superior supply of sustainable meat and caviar, we positively impact endangered wild sturgeon.

 

critically endangered crisis in the caspian

Prehistoric survivors of the ice age, sturgeon are among the largest freshwater fishes in the world, with some individuals exceeding 2,000 pounds. Sturgeons grow slowly and mature late, making them particularly vulnerable to man-made pressures, including overfishing, poaching, habitat loss and pollution. The Caspian Sea and its rivers are highly polluted from the oil industry and once abundant spawning grounds for sturgeon have been ruined by dams. The few remaining Russian Sturgeon are being caught illegally. Populations of valuable caviar-producing species have dropped to as low as 5% of historical levels worldwide.  This is particularly evident in the Caspian Sea region, which has traditionally been the source of most of the world’s caviar. In fact, as of 2013, all species of sturgeon native to that region, as well as several from other continents including North America are currently listed as endangered or critically endangered.

Above: Astrakhan, Russia - June 17, 1985: Some of the last Russian sturgeon, caught in fishing nets on the river Volga. This fishing area called "The 9th AAAAAAA" was not far from the Caspian sea.
Above: Astrakhan, Russia – June 17, 1985: Some of the last Russian sturgeon, caught in fishing nets on the river Volga. This fishing area called “The 9th AAAAAAA” was not far from the Caspian sea.

conservation hope for sturgeon

In addition to being the primary source of caviar today, sustainable aquaculture of sturgeon is presently considered the most important component of wild sturgeon conservation programs. 

Early conservation efforts of sturgeon include the establishment of hatchery operations along the Volga River by the USSR in the early 1950s. Modern day sturgeon aquaculture traces its roots to the efforts of those Soviet biologists.

U.S. farmed Russian sturgeon is a “Best Choice” for sustainable seafood by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

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BENEFITS OF BUYING CAVIAR DIRECT FROM MARSHALLBERG FARM
Did you know over 80% of caviar consumed in the United States is imported from Chinese farms?
Skip the middle man; buy direct from Marshallberg Farm. As your U.S. producer, we can offer exclusive benefits:
• Small batch, freshly harvested caviar that has never switched hands or been in transit
• Higher grades of caviar that are packed direct to final tin on harvest day, never repacked or exposed to air
• Caviar made by an American business, strictly regulated by U.S. health and safety standards
• R.A.S. sturgeon farming methods that are ranked a”Best Choice” for sustainability by Seafood Watch
• No borax, hormones, antibiotics or other illegal food additives
• The best product for your money – our pricing is competitive with middle men

PIONEERS OF R.A.S.

Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) are the newest way to raise fish without negatively impacting the environment. More like a multi-million dollar water treatment plant than a fish farm, our RAS facilities provide the highest filtration possible in modern aquaculture. Although this is the most expensive way to raise fish, it is also the most responsible. Over 80% of caviar consumed in the US is imported from farms that would not pass US environmental regulations. Caviar from a US RAS facility is considered the best option for both sustainability and purity. More about our facilities >
 
TODAY’S CAVIAR | NO MORE WILD CAUGHT

Caspian sturgeon species are critically endangered in the wild. Due to over-fishing, virtually all caviar from Caspian Sea sturgeon species is currently farmed.  More than 80% of caviar sold in the US is imported from Chinese farms. Unlike China, the U.S. enforces strict food, safety and environmental regulations. Unlike imports, U.S. caviar farms can not use hormones, antibiotics or borax. Our fish are fed a high quality diet designed for Russian Sturgeon, made in the USA. Our processing facilities are HACCP-approved by the FDA and USDA.

THE STURGEON SAGA

Prehistoric survivors of the ice age, sturgeon are among the largest freshwater fishes in the world, with some individuals exceeding 2,000 pounds. Sturgeons grow slowly and mature late, making them particularly vulnerable to man-made pressures, including overfishing, poaching, habitat loss and pollution. The Caspian Sea and its rivers are highly polluted from the oil industry and once abundant spawning grounds for sturgeon have been ruined by dams. The few remaining Russian Sturgeon are being caught illegally. Populations of valuable caviar-producing species have dropped to as low as 5% of historical levels worldwide.  This is particularly evident in the Caspian Sea region, which has traditionally been the source of most of the world’s caviar. In fact, as of 2013, all species of sturgeon native to that region, as well as several from other continents including North America are currently listed as endangered or critically endangered.

CONSERVATION EFFORTS

In addition to being the primary source of caviar today, sustainable aquaculture of sturgeon is presently considered the most important component of wild sturgeon conservation programs. Early conservation efforts of sturgeon include the establishment of hatchery operations along the Volga River by the USSR in the early 1950s. Modern day sturgeon aquaculture traces its roots to the efforts of those Soviet biologists.

U.S. farmed Russian sturgeon is a “Best Choice” for sustainable seafood by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

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      Matt F. 01/03/22

      Premium Osetra Sampler
      We received our caviar delivery in anticipation of making our New Year’s Eve an unforgettable evening. Even with high expectations, we were absolutely blown away with the quality and flavor of everything we received. It was truly one of the greatest at-home food experiences we’ve ever had. I also highly suggest the smoked sturgeon filet. It will not get better than a bite of Caviar on Sturgeon! I will be dreaming about this until we place our next order!!

      Viktoria Sikora 01/01/22

      Classic Osetra Caviar
      This product EXCEEDED my expectations! It matched my memories of the "real deal" from many years ago and definitely exceeded all the other tries to duplicate that experience since. I brought it to a NYE party which proved to be a HUGE hit among very discriminating friends. Thank you and I look forward to celebrating with your product again. Worth every cent. Viktoria Sikora

      Joy 12/26/21

      Classic Osetra Caviar
      We did a Christmas Eve caviar tasting. 2 grocery store roes, one French caviar, and 2 from The Caviar Farm. There was a night and day difference. The NC caviars were by far the best. I highly recommend their products !

      B Buckley 12/21/21

      Classic Osetra Caviar
      Every product is delicious. I will never order Russian caviar again. What a pleasure to find such quality in a NC product. The Ossetra is the best I have had including the Russian Tea Room and Petrossian in NY.

      David Greenblatt 11/26/21

      Gold Reserve
      The golden was the best caviar we have had!!! Agreed by all, truly the golden was amazing!!! We have been eating Marshallberg’s for years. We have compared it to the best we have had. Hands down Marshallberg’s the best!!! We have shared it with Michelin chef friends and industry experts, The vote is always the same, the best. I have Persian friends that bring us caviar from Iran. This goes toe to toe.

      Ron 10/29/21

      Premium Osetra Sampler
      I have tried many different sources for caviar and Marshallberg Farm is simply the best. The flavor was what I was looking for and the texture was magnificent. The product came arrived at the perfect temperature because the packaging was the best I have ever seen. A terrific experience from start to finish.

      Julie Klaz 09/27/21

      Classic Osetra
      Excellent caviar! I used to have Russian Beluga caviar delivered by the kilo when I lived in Europe… This is just as good & no strange additives like borax and it’s made in the USA!! Excellent !!

      James Moseley 07/08/21

      Classic Osetra
      If you ever wondered what the fuss about (good) caviar is all about , then order some from Marshallberg Farm and you will find out . I acquired a taste for it back in the 60’s & 70’s , when Russian Beluga was still available , but have not been able to recreate the experience until now . I ordered my first tin from them about a year ago , curious to know if the product measured up to my expectations which it did beyond my wildest hopes . I admit to being a ‘ Caviar Snob ‘ and shamelessly want nothing but the best when I indulge in it . Marshallberg Farm delivers the goods every time . You can pay a lot more from other vendors with fancy names and New York addresses but the taste and quality will not match the freshness and integrity of this . Take it from a food snob , this caviar rocks , you won’t be disappointed .

      Alan Weiner 07/22/21

      Classic Osetra
      Excellent caviar. We used to order from Petrossian but this caviar arrives in perfect condition, is every bit as good, less expensive and originates from a small American business. Highly recommended for all these reasons!

      Bert Sackman 07/04/21

      Royal Osetra
      Because Marshallberg Farm’s osetra caviar is superior to all of the caviars available today, I order it once a month. I have served and eaten the Royal in traditional formats, such as with chopped egg, minced shallot, creme fraiche, and blinis, as canapes, as a delightful caviar and egg sandwich, as a garnish for pasta carbonara or simply with scrambled eggs. but my favorite way to eat it is by itself along with a glass of Champagne.
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