drakes bay oyster farm

“He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” -Jonathan Swift

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When you drive up to Marin County, there’s a good chance you’ll spot signs for Save Our Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. The signs are visible throughout Napa and Sonoma as well. And they become even more visible as you get closer to Point Reyes. Hand-painted with a simple message, they reflect a community that cares. A historic farm, owned by a third-generation ranching family, Drakes “provides local jobs and a sustainable food product that supports local businesses.”

Fog-filled skies, cold weather along the marsh and bay, an afternoon in pictures.

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“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” -Ernest Hemingway

Drakes Bay is a great spot for a picnic with friends to enjoy delectable fresh oysters. The Oyster Shack will shuck the oysters for you, or give you a quick tutorial so you can give it a try on your own. For more about the plight of Drakes Bay, visit:

Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture
Appeals court deals blow to Drakes Bay Oyster Co.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company Will Be Forced To Close [Update: Maybe Not]

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2 Responses to drakes bay oyster farm

  1. Deb November 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I haven’t visited Drake’s Bay Oyster Company in a very long time and your exceptional photo essay has me longing to take a slow drive up the coast and visit again. A foggy day is just perfect; after all it is northern California!

    • yumivore November 4, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      Many thanks for your note Deb, for sharing on Twitter and it’s so sweet to hear you love the pictures! Delighted you could vicariously enjoy a drive up the coast again!

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