Violet Cove Oysters from Moriches Bay, NY

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Farmer:
Susan Wicks

Size: ~2.5" - 3"

The combination of nutrients from the ocean inlets, freshwater springs, and a neighboring reserve of old-growth pines, provides a burst of table saltiness up front followed by a buttery, lobster richness on the finish. Sue says every oyster is a distilled piece of Long Island summertime.

About Violet Cove Oysters

Harvest location: Moriches Bay, NY

How they’re grown:
 Sue and two crew members use floating cages to grow their oysters on a two-acre lease that’s located between two ocean inlets. Continuous wave action gives the shells a hard, deep cup that retains the liquor perfectly.

Why they’re unique: 
In the summer months, the nutrients provided from the ocean and freshwater springs are so dense that they give the shells a distinct violet color, hence the name Violet Cove.

Story: 
Whether it’s a sweltering summer evening or a freezing February morning, Sue Wicks wants to be in the water--a trait she picked up clamming with her family in the waters off of Long Island during her childhood. Following a college basketball career at Rutgers, she went on to play professionally in Italy, Spain, Japan, and Israel, but always gravitating to the locations closest to the ocean. Sue was the first draft pick of the New York Liberty during the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997 and currently holds a spot in the WNBA Hall of Fame. With an impressive basketball career under her belt, she was drawn back to the waters of Long Island that hold a special place in her heart. After a brief internship with another local oyster farmer, she embarked on the process of securing her own lease in Moriches Bay. Surprisingly, Sue can draw a lot of comparisons between basketball and oystering; she says you get knocked down all the time and have to correct your mistakes on the fly. But most importantly, if you’re passionate, you’ll never miss a season.

⚠ 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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