The following oyster farms are where I order my oysters. These are some of the finest oysters on the planet, and these growers are pros at direct shipping. The oysters ship overnight in insulated boxes with ice packs; the freshness is a revelation. Need an oyster knife? Massachusetts-made R Murphy Knives is what we all use.
Chatham Shellfish; Chatham, MA
Big, beautiful, briny Cape oysters grown in the aptly named Oyster Pond for 40 years.
Grassy Bar Oysters; Morro Bay, CA; 877-552-GIOS
Briny Pacific oysters from California’s Central Coast, shipped by Giovanni’s Fish Market, which also sells other varieties. Type OYSTERS20 into the coupon box to receive 20% off your first purchase, courtesy of Oysterguide.
Hama Hama Oyster Company; Lilliwaup, WA; 360-877-5811
Crisp, clean, and elegantly frilly Hama Hama oysters in several sizes, jewel-like Blue Pools and Sea Cows, extra-briny Summerstones, and killer smoked oysters. A family operation since 1922.
Island Creek Oyster; Duxbury, MA; 781-934-2028
The gold standard of Eastern oysters. Crisp, firm, and very briny, with that unmistakable lobster-stock finish. Island Creek also ships Wellfleets from the bay’s most esteemed farmer.
Taylor Shellfish Farms; Shelton, WA; 360-426-6178
America’s premier shellfish grower, with farms throughout the region. Taylor sells Kumamotos, several sizes of Pacifics from different bays, plus smoked oysters and more. They are one of the only growers of Olympias, and the exclusive grower of Totten Inlet Virginicas and Shigokus, two of the most delicious oysters in the world.