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Aug 15, 2004 01:23 AM

oyster farms in Washington

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Can you recommend any oyster farms in Washington?

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  1. I can't think of the name of it right now but there is one at the tip of Oysterville on Long Beach that we make several trips to per year. We usually bring a canopy and a card table and start with 6 dozen in there parking lot.
    I highly recommend it


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    1. re: rodney

      Willapa Bay! Is that one you're referring to in Oysterville? We went to a jazz and oyster festival in Oysterville once that was lots of fun! ***kim***

      1. Taylor Shellfish, based in Shelton, has several oyster farms around the Puget Sound.

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        1. re: Chris

          If you go to the Taylor Farm south of Bellingham near Larrabee state park, don't be fooled by the "Oyster Bar" sign on the restaurant next door. They claim it's named for the site out in the bay where the oysters are farmed akin to a "sand bar", as opposed to what 99.9% of what the rest of the world would assume. Instead of having a dozen or so, standing, beer in hand, we had to sit in a formal-ish dining room and still pay $22/dozen, despite acute proximity to the source.

          1. re: jeremy h

            One of the Pacific NW great ironies is that we are renowned for our seafood but usually can't afford much of it. Oysters in Florida, a dime; in Washington, two bucks. Go figger.

            1. re: mr.nelso

              I think that has to do with quality. I gag when I try eating an oyster from the Gulf.

              1. re: landguy

                I think it has to do with what you grew up eating. I preferr the east coast smaller oysters from Georgia, Chesapeake, I think. They are seldomly a dime any more, closer to a buck. The Gulf oysters are different. Here is a site that gives some info on the subject.

        2. The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association website has a lot of good information. Here's the link


          1. The Taylor Shellfish on Chuckanut Drive is a moving experience. They have 3-4 picnic tables with grills on the water. They sell charcoal and everything else needed to have an incredible oyster experience. We go about once a month. Don't forget to take some live Dungeness home with you for the evening.