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  • Ann Aug 15, 2004 01:23 AM

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

    Rodney

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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***

    2. here it is

      http://www.oysterville.net/

      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.
                http://www.oysterguide.com/book/what-...

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

          Link: http://www.pcsga.org/

          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.

            1. Theres a new one like 10 miles before Ocean Shores,can't miss it,there raised hung straight up and down and it shows.No grit or muck.I got a 4 lb tub of cuts for $14's fresh and good with half and half and butter.I stop by there on my way out of Ocean Shore which has awsome winter rates on there hotels cause no one goes there in the fall or winter so you get the whole place to yourself.

              1. There is also Blau Oysters on Samish island near Bow Washington. It is worth the drive to get there. Stop in Bow for some great gourmet snacks and good wine at Slough Foods and then fresh bread at the Bread Farm then move on the Blau. It is a fun day and great food for the foody in you. Here is the link to Blau. www.blauoyster.com Lizzy

                1. http://www.goosepoint.com/home.html

                  Goose Point Oysters from Willapa Bay are absolutely delicious. I served them raw and fried with confidence and delight. My customers raved.

                  1. My favorite is the Hama Hama Oyster Co. on Hood Canal.

                    http://www.hamahamastore.com

                    1. Wescott Bay Sea Farms outside of Friday Harbor. They've got yummy oysters, clams, and mussels.

                      1. I agree with the Wescott Bay Oyster Farm suggestion. It's a lovely little bay and you can either use the bags provided and help yourself to the plastic bins of oysters or you can pull on their rubber boots provided by the farm and wade into the bay yourself. Doesn't get much fresher than that! I do love Willapa Bay, but I found the trek out to Wescott, along with the quality of their oysters, to be so much more of an experience. It's an amazing oyster farm and loads of fun. Fabulous shellfish... I took pictures while I was there a couple months ago.