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GREAT WHITE OYSTERS – CAPE COD

Cape Cod Oysters begin their days as seedlings, feeding in the nutrient rich waters of North Bay on Cape Cod. From there they are hand grown and harvested in the premier merrior of Barnstable Harbor. The strong ebb and flow of ocean tides twice a day supply our oysters with a diet rich in minerality and salinity creating a distinctive ocean-in-a-shell flavor that can only come from the waters off of Cape Cod.

We start our oysters from seed to under market sized oysters (<1.5″) in closed contained cage system to monitor growth and protect them from predators. During this time we tumble the oysters several times to promote strong shell growth. Once confident they’ll survive on their own we return our oysters to a natural environment to bottom finish them. This mimics a natural wild set oyster and helps promote a deep cup natural growth with a strong shell.

 

Tasting Notes:  High salinity with a sweet after-taste. 

 

Growth area: Barnstable, Massachusetts. 

 

Size: 

  • Petite 2-2.5″ 
  • Signature 3-3.5″ 
  • Select 3.5-4″
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WASHBURN ISLAND OYSTERS

 

The oysters are grown in Waquoit Bay, a very well protected salt pond, which is directly fed by Vineyard Sound and the fresh water of the Moon a Kiss and Little Rivers.   Three quarters of the water in Waquoit Bay cycles from Vineyard Sound daily. The spat is sourced from a hatchery approved by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.  The baby oysters are started in a system of upwellers which are located in the Seapit River area of Waquoit Bay. The oysters spend about four weeks in the upwellers.  After the oysters reach roughly an inch in length, they are transferred to a three-tiered cage and bag system which is either moored to the floor of Waquoit Bay or floating in the water column. During this stage of the grow-out, the oysters are washed and shaken weekly.  The shaking process helps to chip off new shell growth, thereby encouraging pronounced cup definition. The oysters remain in the cage system for six to eight weeks, and are then hand planted on the soft sand bottom of Waquoit Bay for their final grow-out and finishing. Harvest is all done by hand on a per order basis to maximize freshness and oysters are available twelve months a year. Cup depth is excellent in the Washburn Island oysters which possess a moderate salinity, a nice sweetness and an exceptionally clean finish.

Tasting Notes:  Medium salinity, with a vegetal sweet aftertaste. 

Growth area: Waquoit Bay, Falmouth, Massachusetts. 

Size: 

 

  • Petite 2-2.5″ 
  • Signature 3-3.5″ 
  • Select 3.5-4″
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Three Bays Oysters Cape Cod 

The Three Bays Area of Barntable Massachusetts is a historically significant oyster area in the Northeast.  In the late 1800s schooners full of mid-Atlantic oysters were brought into the Three Bays area in early Spring. The oysters were then replanted in the Three Bays area for grow-out and then harvested in the Fall where they’d then be sent on rail cars to San Francisco. 

Tasting Notes:  High salinity with a sweet after-taste. 

Growth area: North Bay, Osterville, Massachusetts. 

 

Size: 

  • Petite 2-2.5″ 
  • Signature 3-3.5″ 
  • Select 3.5-4″
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Hammerhead Oysters – CAPE COD

Hammerhead oysters are a bottom-planted oyster from West Bay in Osterville, Massachusetts. Their proximity to Nantucket Sound give them a high salinity. Bottom planting them, gives them a heavy shell that’s easy opening. 

Tasting Notes:  High salinity with a sweet after-taste. 

Growth area: West Bay, Osterville, Massachusetts. 

 

Size: 

  • Petite 2-2.5″ 
  • Signature 3-3.5″ 
  • Select 3.5-4″
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Malabar Oysters – CAPE COD

Malabar oysters are named after the infamous Cape Malabar, now known as Monomoy National Wildife refuge. With Nantucket Sound to the west, and the frigid Atlantic Ocean to the east, dangerous “rips” where the two bodies of water come together over shallow shoals and bars have led to a number of shipwrecks, and earned Monomoy the ancient French name of Cape Malabar—the “Cape of Evil Bars.” 

Tasting Notes:  High salinity with a sweet after-taste. 

Growth area: West Bay, Osterville, Massachusetts. 

Size: 

  • Petite 2-2.5″ 
  • Signature 3-3.5″ 
  • Select 3.5-4″