Regulations for clam digging (and other shellfish) vary from state to state, but it's usually a simple process of acquiring a permit and then following the rules for number of clams per day and per person. The fee for a one-day license is usually between $5 and $15, which is often less than what you'd pay to buy them in a grocery store.
Digging your own clams does require a little more muscle-power than picking up a bag at the seafood counter, though! Megan and her friends used a clamming gun for their dig, which creates suction so you can pull up the sand along with (hopefully) the clam itself. We love Megan's description of the sand around the clam actually becoming dry from all the suction.
How great would it be to have these really fresh clams to throw in a pot of chowder?
Check out Megan's full story on her blog Not Martha! What have your own clam-digging experiences been like?
Related Posts on Clams:
What's the Difference? Hard Shell vs. Soft Shell Clams
What's the Difference? Little Neck, Cherry Neck, Top Neck, and Quahog Clams
How to Clean the Sand out of Clams
Sustainable Seafood: How Clams Are Farmed
(Images: Megan from Not Martha)