• Digging for Oysters – A Tour and List of Cape Cod’s Oyster Farms

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    Tour a Cape Cod Oyster Farm

    Five years ago, Kyle and Wendy Farrell embarked on a dream that many a Cape Codder ponders – become successful oyster farmers.

    Today, this young couple manages to balance raising three children and Kyle’s fulltime job with harvesting 60,000 oysters from their modest grant just beyond Skaket Beach in Orleans.

    Rock Creek Oyster Farm recently invited hundreds of local residents and visitors to watch them tend to their oysters during Orleans’ Water Weekend. We saw  virtual seedlings evolve to five-year-old beauties ready to reach wholesalers on their way to some of your favorite restaurants.

    The Farrells’  oysters are called Eastern, or Atlantic – and they are among a growing and diversifying oyster industry that ranges from Buzzards Bay west to the most famous oyster locale maybe in the world, Wellfleet.

    Rock Creek Oyster Farm now include about 60 large cages and another 40 smaller ones that lay on top to manage the limited space along grants shared by four other farmers.

    Please click here for a photo gallery of Rock Creek Oyster Farm. Note the progression of oysters from infants only about two to three months old; then about a year old; then between two and three years of age; and finally, a five-year-old oyster ready to arrive at restaurants and stores.

    Here are some of the oyster farms prospering on Cape Cod. They often entertain visitors by appointment.

    East Dennis Oyster Farm
    484 Center Street, Dennis

    Monk’s Cove Oysters
    Buzzards Bay

    Rock Creek Oyster Farm
    Skaket Beach, Orleans

    Sandy Neck Oysters

    Scorton Creek Oysters
    90 Alderbrook Lane, West Barnstable

    Wash-A-Shore Oyster Ranch
    South Wellfleet

    September 22, 2014