Chebeague Island Oysters from Casco Bay, ME


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Quantity: 50 Count

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Bob Earnest, David Whiston, Hank Whetham, and Caitlin Whetham

Size: ~3" - 3.5"

These oysters are as pleasant as the island where they're grown! Squeaky clean white shells, super clean mouthfeel, approachable on their own or an excellent vehicle for a squeeze of lemon, just how their farmers like to eat them.

About Chebeague Island Oysters

Harvest location: Chebeague Island, ME

How they’re grown: The Chebeagues are grown in mesh bags and cages placed at the intertidal zone; an area with a more shallow sandy bottom and a long gradual runout into deeper water. The crew prides themselves on repurposing old equipment. Chebeague Island has been a storied ground for centuries thanks to its unique bathymetry (or, seabed features) which brings in a flow of nutrient-rich, colder-than-average water ideal for oyster farming, fishing, and sailing. The good stuff. The super cold water temps elongate the oysters' growing cycle, which takes 4-6 years [!!!] , making a complex flavor profile and super strong shell [think the strength of a slow-growing Red Wood tree, vs a fast growing balsa tree].

Why they’re unique: 
Location, baby! Chebeague Island is the largest island in Casco Bay NOT attached to the mainland via bridge. It's as cute as a fricken button, with only -300-400 year 'round residents, a blanket of evergreen forests and quintessential, rocky, rugged Maine beaches. Their farm is nestled in this beautiful landscape, and at the end of a long day farming, the crew loves to "cruise home on our beat up old pontoon boat, looking at the most beautiful surroundings in the world, muddy, tired and cold, with a huge grin.

Imagine The Beatles... except on a quaint island off the coast Portland, ME, not Liverpool. And instead of a bunch of dudes with bowl cuts, it's a crew composed of an urban planner, a corporate suit, and a lobsterman-marine biologist-married couple. You get the picture. Now jump ahead to 2013 when Chebeague Island Oysters was founded. David and Bob started the farm as a demonstration project on behalf of their local community association. Their goal was to show young families on the tiny postage stamp of Chebeague Island that oyster farming could be a profitable and impactful business. In year two, a young couple asked to chat - he was a home grown lobsterman and she was an island local with degrees in marine biology and invasive species. By the end of the evening, they decided to turn the project into a full fledged, business.

[And - 3 of the 4 owners have fallen in the bay while working - but we're not telling who... :) ]

⚠ Prop 65 Warning

Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

Oyster FAQ

How long do my oysters keep?

Your oysters keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days!  You can order a day or two early to make sure you have them in time for your gathering.  They are totally fine hangin’ out in the cool air.  

How do I store these bad boys?

When you receive your package, pull them out of the box (these guys need a little fresh air!). Grab a mixing bowl and throw the mesh bag in the bowl so that the oysters don’t leak all over your refrigerator. Grab a damp cloth and throw the cloth over the bowl.  You are good to go for the next 5-7 days. Doesn’t hurt to dampen the cloth each day to keep them moist and chilled.

Should I keep them on ice?

Only put the oysters on ice before service.  The oysters will actually die in the melted fresh water so do not store the oysters on ice.  They will not like this.

How are they shipped?

We ship using FedEx Overnight service. You will receive tracking info after the label has been printed the day before your oysters are set to arrive.  We do not require a signature – Fedex will leave your package at your doorstep.

Is your packaging recyclable?

Short answer: YES!

Our ClimaCell thermal liners are made of 90% FSC certified virgin kraft paper and corn starch, which allows you to recycle the insulated liner at home along with the cardboard box.⁠

Not only are the liners water repellant, they’re just as insulating as traditional styrofoam AND they can be recycled up to 5 times. Saving the planet has never been easier.⁠

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