Puffer Oysters from Wellfleet, MA

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Farmer:
Irving and Jake Puffer

Size: ~2.5"

An upfront brine similar to the Island Creeks, but slightly less salty than a traditional Wellfleet. With Herring River and Duck Creek emptying out in the bay on either side, the grant becomes an ideal spot for a collision of diverse nutrients. Due to this infusion of freshwater, there is a perfect blend of sweetness and salt at the finish that really stays with you!

About Puffer Oysters

Harvest location: Wellfleet, MA, CCB11MA

How they’re grown:
 The Puffer’s farm is in a deep water area right off Mayo Beach that is an outlet for two different freshwater springs. Their grant is open to the Bay and has nice grainy sand as opposed to a marshy, muddy bottom present in surrounding Wellfleet beds. However, on the drastic moon tides, the beds are still exposed to the open air providing the advantages of a shallow bed as well. The Puffers use multiple grow-out methods, including rack and bag, bottom planting, and their own version of an Australian Long Line. The bags are stored diagonally (vs. flat horizontally) to catch waves and get frequently tumbled for a visibly rounder and deeper c

Why they’re unique: 
How much time do you have! Quality is what sets these apart. Everything about them—flavor, texture, shell thickness, cup depth, shuckability, cull—all pitch-perfect. They have one of the oldest oyster beds in Massachusetts and the largest in Wellfleet. The Puffers are also one of the few farmers who wild catch the majority of their seed (about 700,000 – 1 million this year!).

Story: 
The Puffer’s have been involved in the Wellfleet shellfish community for a long time. Irving has owned his lease at this particular spot for 33 years and been farming on it for 40. He was given the bed by a grand ol’ soul named Howard Snow (Pokey), who has been Irving’s mentor since the beginning. It is now a family operation between Irving and his son Jake. Irving has owned restaurants, fish markets and been a partner in a few different local businesses, but he has decided to go back to the basics. He has a palpable love for oyster farming and a renewed energy to do so...just see for yourself!

⚠ 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 www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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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