Oyster Purveyors

DC on the Half Shell
Monday, February 27, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Dock 5 at Union Market
1309 5th Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002


Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co.
Hooper's Island, Maryland
Hooper's Island Oyster Aquaculture Company produces and markets high quality half-shell oysters. They offer three types of sweet and salty oysters grown off the small islands of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Dorchester County. For more information, visit www.hioac.com.

Lynnhaven Oyster Co.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Lynnhaven Oyster Co. was a small venture started and still owned by the Chalmers family. Operating out of Virginia Beach, Virginia, the farm is situated in Broad Bay, in the beautiful Lynnhaven River. Lynnhaven Oyster Company works closely with Cherrystone Aqua Farms and Lynnhaven River Now to produce large, delicious oysters and aid in the continued restoration of the waters. Due to the high salinity and constant current through the grounds, they are able to grow oysters that are meaty and salty, but also have a smooth, buttery finish. The Lynnhaven oyster is known around the world, and they are happy to share.

Orchard Point Oyster Co.
Chester River, Maryland
Orchard Points are grow in off-bottom cages, in the waters near the mouth of the Chester River in the Upper Bay Region of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Oysters are tumbled in small batches to promote a deep, consistent shell cup. For more information, visit http://orchardpointoysters.com.

Rappahannock River Oyster Co.
Topping, Virginia
In 2001, when cousins, Ryan and Travis Croxton, set out to revive their grandfather's oyster company, the Chesapeake Bay had just recorded its lowest oyster harvest in history. The mission seemed clear: to resurrect the native Bay oyster and put it back on the map. Virginia is now seeing harvest tallies not witnessed in a generation, and Virginia now leads the entire East Coast in oyster production. Today, Rappahannock River Oyster Co. has a new mission: to celebrate good food grown well—or to put it another way, to celebrate our community of like-minded friends—because it's always been about more than just oysters. It's about good people doing great things.

ShoreThing Shellfish, LLC
Tall Timbers, Maryland
Shore Thing Shellfish, LLC is a small, member owned and operated oyster farm in St. Mary's County, Maryland. They have been growing oysters since 2011 and provide a variety of other oyster-based services, including living shoreline installations and spat on shell planting for restoration and mitigation. They use the most environmentally friendly practices possible and are continuing Maryland's waterman heritage. "We are beyond sustainable. We are 'restorable.' "

Smith Wilds
Tylerton, Smith Island, Maryland
Dwight Marshall is a waterman from Smith Island, an 8,000 acre salt marsh just across the Tangier Sound. He is the fifth generation of watermen in his family. He works hard to bring in crabs, oysters and other Bay goodies throughout the year on his boat Miss Marshall.

Tangier Wilds

White Stone Oyster Company
North Rappahannock River, White Stone, Virginia
White Stone Oyster Company was born out of an obsession with the relationship between oysters and their environment. In order to grow a more perfect Chesapeake oyster, White Stone introduced a new method of aquaculture to Virginia. White Stone is the first farm whose oysters spend the entirety of their lives floating in the unforgiving surf of the Chesapeake Bay.

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This page was last updated on January 24, 2018

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