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 compared to restaurant oysters. Need an oyster knife? The Narragansett, by R Murphy Knives, is the one we all love.
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.
Johns River Oyster Company
Pemaquid, ME 207-350-0847
Dave Cheney grows his Johns Rivers and Colonial Selects in the best part of the Damariscotta River, then finishes them near the ocean for an extra hit of salt. Big, firm, slow-grown masterpieces.
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.