Saving the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm

January 23, 2012

During our recent exploration of the Point Reyes National Seashore earlier this month, we had the pleasure of stopping at the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. We have enjoyed fresh oysters from Baja California to Mexico’s Caribbean; from the coast of Mississippi to the tidal rocks of Desolation Sound in B.C. Never have we tasted better than those at Drakes Bay. Oysters have been harvested here for nearly 100 years, and the family who now owns the farm is doing a fabulous and very ecologically conscious job of preserving the area. In these days when issues like organically grown, locally grown, sustainability, biodiversity and being green have become so important, it’s amazing that the National Park Service is planning on closing them down, refusing to extend their lease. Drakes Bay Oyster Company is the last and only FDA approved oyster cannery in California. 26 employees will loose their jobs. If you’d like to help save this treasure of Marin County and the Point Reyes National Seashore, please write to the Hon. Ken Salazar, Secretary, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240.

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A kitchen knife works to open oysters but buy a special oyster knife. It is a much easier and safer way.

We parked next to the bay, surrounded by mountains of oyster shells. These can recycled.

Brigit shows us a few medium-size oysters. She also make a great cocktail sauce if you didn't bring any.


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