Moon Shoal Oysters from Barnstable, MA


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Quantity: 50 Count

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Jon Martin

Size: ~3" - 3.5"

The infusion of freshwater minimizes the salinity in these oysters while lending a smooth, dairy sweetness. Think milk-soaked Ritz cracker flavor; sweet and buttery.

About Moon Shoal Oysters

Harvest location: Barnstable, MA, CCB31MA

How they’re grown: Seed begins its journey in a custom-made up-weller system constructed from PVC pipe and window screen. The oysters continue to a rack and bag system until they reach about 2 inches, and then they’re placed in trays made from lobster cages. The oysters live in open trays on a sandbar, with plenty of room to be tumbled and grow hardy, rounded shells. Jon and his crew give them a healthy amount of daily TLC, and they hand-harvest directly from the trays.

Why they’re unique: 
Jon’s lease in Barnstable Harbor is about a mile offshore and can only be accessed by boat at low tide. It’s tucked behind Sandy Neck Beach, a barrier beach that protects the farm from the Atlantic Ocean. The combination of the twice-daily 10-foot tides, the sandy floor, the surrounding marshes, and the freshwater creeks that run through the farm, give Moon Shoals a unique and complex taste that Jon describes as “balanced by nature”.

There’s a reason people rave about Moon Shoals when we have them on our site, and we think it might have a little something to do with the people behind the oysters. Jon Martin, a native Cape-Codder, is a full-time firefighter with the Hyannis Fire Department and an all-around great guy. He got hooked on aquaculture many years ago when he (somewhat serendipitously) joined a friend of a friend on his boat to tour the grants after a 24-hour shift at the fire station. He’s been harvesting full-time since 2008.

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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!

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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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