Back in September I flew out to Washington to visit a few oyster farms. Taylor Shellfish, Elkhorn Oyster Company, and Hama Hama Oyster Company were gracious enough to show me around and let me take some photos and ask a bunch of questions. Enjoy the photos!
First stop: Taylor Shellfish on Puget Sound
|Taylor Shellfish crew harvesting oysters on the flats.|
|Taylor Shellfish grows geoduck, the most phallic of all shellfish.|
|(Geoduck is delicious, by the way.)|
Second stop: Elkhorn Oyster Company in Willapa Bay
|Digging some gigantic oysters out of the mud.|
|Oysters as far as the eye can see, the crew hard at work. (I helped out, for what is was worth)|
|Elkhorn Oyster Co. starts their spat-on-shell oysters strung on long lines off the bottom before finishing on the bottom.|
Third and final stop: Hama Hama Oyster Company on Hood Canal
|Oysters for sale in the retail store chilling in circulated sea water.|
|Growing oysters means working with the tides, in this case low tide was at 2:00 am.|
|The shell pile outside the Hama Hama HQ, steadily growing since the 1950s.|
A HUGE thank you to everyone who put up with me on my trip: Marco Pinchot, Andi Shotwell, and Nick and Adam James especially. I hope you are all doing well!