Submarine Oysters from South Thomaston, ME


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Ralph Hamill and a crew of 4: Kevin, Isabel (Ralph’s daughter), Aubrie (Kevin’s daughter), Chuck (their neighbor) and, of course, Gus the dog!

Size: ~3"

These shells are squeaky clean and petite! The meat has a blast of brine upfront and slaps you around with a sweet cream and parsnip finish.

About Submarine Oysters

Harvest location: South Thomaston, Maine

How they’re grown: They farm over 7 acres in a salt marsh estuary full of algae to feed their oysters. This area of Maine is pristine (okay, fine...Maine is pristine), full of small, rural farms and beautiful coastline. The oyster seed starts in upwellers before being moved to floating bags. When they are large enough, the oysters are finished on the gravel ocean floor where they will live until harvested.

Why they’re unique: 
The location is enough to amaze you, but we think it is pretty cool that the “Submarine” name is in reference to the original farm owner, George William Kittredge, a submarine commander and naval hero of WWII. Until the age 90, he was involved in building and operating one-man submarines. Yes, one-man submarines!

Ralph is a man of many talents. Back in the day, he was the ball park doctor for the Chicago Cubs, helping injured players and fans alike. In 1987, shortly after moving to Maine, he started farming Steelhead Trout. This quickly spurred his interest in all types of aquaculture and being on the water. In 2007, he took over management of the oyster farm. Aside from these passions, he is still a part time Cardiologist (as he says, “oysters are heart healthy!”)!

⚠ 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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