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Apr 10, 2008 10:53 PM

Hog Island Oysters come to the Berkeley Thursday Farmers' Market

What a pleasant surprise during my routine Thursday shopping. The Hog Island Oyster Company is now selling shucked and unshucked oysters, as well as clams and mussels. Unshucked range in price from $10-$15 per dozen. Shucked are $2 a piece. Today, the shucked options were Sweetwater and Kumamoto, and I had one of each. I'm no oyster expert, but I thought these were delicious. Very fresh, a nicely subtle brine, no off-flavors. They also had lemon wedges, tobasco, and a cilantro sauce. This just might become a weekly habit for me. Welcome to Berkeley, Hog Island!

Hog Island Oyster Bar
Ferry Building,, San Francisco, CA 94111

Hog Island Oyster Co
20215 Hwy 1, Marshall, CA

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  1. They were there last week also. Is it against the law to barbeque in Berkeley? They were talking about the possibility last week and not talking about it this week.

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    1. re: wally

      Nah, no law against it. Andy and Cindy's Thai grills up chicken at the Tues and Thur markets, and people grill at the street fairs all the time.

    2. Yes, I noticed Hog Island there as well. I didn't try the oysters this trip, but I did try some of the best first-of-the-season organic strawberries I have ever tasted. These came from Catalan Farms and they are small to medium berries, good red color and sweet and flavorful. I bought two baskets, then proceeded to eat half of them while strolling around the market, then went back for a third, but they were already sold out. Went to Lucero, but they had sold out as well. Maybe its going to be a good strawberry year after all. I had some huge, flavorless, non-organic strawberries from both of the vendors (I can't remember their names at the moment) at the Temescal market a few weeks ago. I got excited at the sight of strawberries, and they told me that no pesticides were used, so I gave it a shot. They paled in comparison to those I got yesterday at Catalan!