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Monday, February 27, 2017
6:30 p.m.

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

Oyster Purveyors

James "Ooker" Eskridge
James Eskridge, kindly know to all as "Ooker," is the Mayor of Tangier, Virginia. Mayor is technically his second job, his first is that of a waterman. He supplies an assortment of seafood to local stores and restaurants and his catch is often shipped all the way to Fulton Market in New York City.

Dwight Marshall
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.

Allen Parks
Allen Parks is a waterman on Tangier Island. His father, his grandfather, and great grandfather were all watermen. His family goes back to the mid-1700s living on Tangier Island and he would never live anywhere else. He goes out on the water everyday starting as early as 4:00 a.m., bringing in crabs, oysters, and a variety of fish.

The Choptank Oyster Co.
The Choptank Oyster Co. is a thriving oyster farm that produces an average of 1 to 2 million oysters per year. Our farm has been in operation since 1999 and we sell the coveted Choptank Sweets. They come right out of the Choptank River located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They are robust and meaty with a rich creamy texture and moderate salinity level, a taste you just can’t get enough of. To order oysters go to www.choptanksweets.com

Colonial Oyster Co.
Colonial Oyster Company brings in the amazing taste of York River oysters. Owner and grower Kalie Johnson raises oyster seed in the salty waters of the York River until they reach market size, and shares her uniquely flavoured oysters with the locals who can’t get enough of them.

Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co.
Hooper's Island Oyster Aquaculture Company was created to produce and market high quality half-shell oysters and the equipment needed to support the aquaculture industry in the State of Maryland. Through the development of oyster aquaculture, Maryland's watermen will be seen as contributors to the ecological recovery of the Bay. These new approaches will be the first of many steps forward in the revitalization of the Chesapeake Bay and the Maryland seafood industry. Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co. offers three types of sweet and salty oysters. To find out more visit www.hiaoc.com

Rappahannock River Oyster Co.
Chesapeake Bay oysters. Nowhere else do you get such a varied blend, with nutrient rich waters spanning the entire salt spectrum, from subtly sweet to jarringly briny. The Chesapeake affords a limitless palate within which to create some of the most unique flavors in the world. The Rappahannock River remains a remarkably pristine waterway, with vast stretches seemingly unchanged since European settlement. What makes the location so unique for oysters is its tie to the freshwaters of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our farm is situated near the mouth of the Rappahannock, where the full force of the river meets the Chesapeake Bay. Visit www.rroysters.com

True Chesapeake Oyster Co.
In our tucked-away corner, smack dab in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, we’ve found what may be the perfect place to grow an oyster. A creek known as St. Jerome, where fresh waters from the north say hello to the salty Atlantic from the south, is the home of the True Chesapeake Oyster Company. It’s also home to what have often been described as the best-tasting oysters in the world. Our beauties are brought to you by the best that nature can offer, where the fresher Bay waters kiss the waters from the Atlantic. It’s the perfect balance of salt. Crisp. Natural. Pure. Delicious. And unlike any other oyster in the world. To find out more visit www.trueoyster.com

War Shore Oyster Co.
For the last six years, War Shore Oyster Co has been committed to ethically growing and sourcing the highest-quality, best-tasting Eastern oyster in and around the Lower Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. War Shore produces three types of oysters as well as farm raised clams and provides Atlantic Deep sea scallops to the finest chefs in the community. Visit www.warshore.com

Need more info? Contact us at DContheHalfShell@gmail.com or 443-482-2129.

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