CAPE COD OYSTER TOUR: A NEW CLASS OF DUXBURY OYSTERS & OYSTER FARMERS
LIKE MOST OF YOU IN THE NORTHEAST, I AM VERY, VERY OVER THIS WINTER. THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS BOUTS OF SNOW AND BONE-CHILLING TEMPERATURES HAS LEFT ME YEARNING FOR WARMER DAYS. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT IT HAS BEEN LIKE FOR OYSTER FARMERS UP AND DOWN THE COAST. IN MY HOPE TO WARM UP YOUR SCREEN AND SPIRIT, HERE’S A RECAP OF MY TRIP TO DUXBURY BAY FROM MY CAPE COD OYSTER TOUR ADVENTURE LAST SUMMER.
So I realize that Duxbury Bay is not actually part of Cape Cod, but my friend Michelle Williams of Coffee & Champagne and I still embrace it as an important part of our epic oyster farm road trip. After all, Duxbury Bay is home to some remarkable oysters and oyster growers. The bay is approximately three miles long from north to south with an average width of two miles. The bottom is mostly shallow sand and mud flats exposed at low tide, embellished with a few winding channels. Its unique geography produces some of the most wonderfully flavorful oysters (and people) around.
To talk about Duxbury oysters, I think one has to start with Island Creek. On a national level, most people recognize Duxbury for Island Creek Oysters, an early adopter and now-master of oyster marketing, public relations, and brand experience. Want me to prove it? Just perform a quick Google search for “Duxbury oysters.” The first page results would make you think that they are the end-all, be-all of the bay. I certainly used to assume so when I first got into oyster blogging. Later on, I discover that Island Creek wasn’t just “one farm,” but rather, one company that sold Duxbury-grown oysters from multiple farmers (a co-op, if you want to get all technical about it). The point is: they were not the only ones or even first ones to grow oysters in Duxbury Bay, but they certainly knew how to sell them. (In case you’re wondering who else grows in Duxbury, there’s also Standish Shores, Powder Points, and Merrys, just to name a few.)