Cape Cod Aquaculture: Cape Cod Shellfish Farms

Cape Cod shellfish farms ranging in size from large operations to one-person sites. These aquaculture operations primarily produce oysters, though some also grow sugar kelps, bay scallops, and more. Oysters are usually named for the waters they are grown in, and just like wine, many folks have developed a preference for oysters from one estuary or another. The best way to figure out your favorite Cape & Islands’ oyster is to try them all!
Here are sixteen Cape Cod shellfish farms from across the region to start sampling from:
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Upper Cape

Ward Aquafarms

Geo Code: 41.653643, -70.630005 Address: Megansett Harbor, North Falmouth, MA 02556 Contact: Website: Description: Ward Aquafarms produces oysters, sugar kelp, and bay scallops in North Falmouth, East Falmouth, and Orleans. In addition to the market sized shellfish, Ward Aquafarms also sells oyster and bay scallop seed. They also collaborate with scientific groups, and helps the towns of Bourne, Orleans, and Falmouth with their shellfish propagation programs.

Mid Cape

East Dennis Oyster Farm

Geo Code: 41.762355, -70.130076 Address: 484 Center Street, Dennis, MA 02639 Contact: 508-398-3123 | Website: Description: John and Stephanie Lowell have grown the highly sought-after East Dennis Oysters in the tidal flats off of Quivett Neck since 2003. They grow the oysters off bottom and generally have as many as 200,000 oysters in production during any given season. They sell the oysters directly to consumers, restaurants, and wholesale to fish markets across the country.

Barnstable Seafarms

Geo Code: 40.711493, -70.279078 Address: 98 Governors Way, Barnstable, MA 02630 Contact: 508-280-4125 | Website: Description: Growing oysters at two sites in Barnstable Harbor and in Osterville, Barnstable Seafarms supplies Sandy Neck and Garrison Point oysters to local restaurants and wholesalers. They have been operating since 1991 and offer raw bars for events as well as oyster tours through the Audubon Society.

Blish Point Oyster Farm, Barnstable Harbor

Geo Code: 41.721874, -70.342203 Description: According to shellfish distributor Pangea Shellfish Co, David Cranshaw of Blish Point Oyster Farm produces cocktail oysters with deep cups and clean shells in Barnstable Harbor. The oysters are naturally tumbled naturally by the ten-foot tides.

Scorton Creek Oysters

Geo Code: 41.721199, -70.343353 Address: 90 Alderbrook Ln, West Barnstable, MA 02668 Contact: 508-362-8145 Website: Scorton Creek Oysters – Home | Facebook Description: Scorton Creek Oysters are grown in cages on the edge of the Great Marsh in Barnstable Harbor. The Mullin family has been running the business producing quality oysters since 1996.

Davenport Oyster Company

Geo Code: 41.761168, -70.129486 Address: 202 Depot St. Dennis, MA 02639 Contact: 617-910-7756 | Website: Description: Jamie Davenport grows plump oysters in the tidal waters on Mayflower Point in Dennis. The oysters are started in mesh bags and then grown out on Aquatrays. The oysters have a medium brine with a clean finish.

Lower Cape

Barley Neck Sea Farms

Geo Code: 41.763001, -69.945069 Address: Orleans, MA 02653 Description: The oldest farm in Pleasant Bay, Peter Orcutt’s Barley Neck Sea Farm grows plump, deep cup oysters with a simple, clean brine. The oysters are grown in submerged cages.

Paines Creek Oyster Co.

Geo Code: 41.76555, -70.10748 Address: Brewster Flats, MA Contact: Website: Description: Family owned and operated by the Werzanski family since 2007, Paines Creek Oyster Co. grows small-cup cocktail oysters just off Brewster where Paines Creek meets Cape Cod Bay. The oysters are sold in restaurants across New England and at the family’s restaurant, Joey’s Pizzeria in Dennisport.

Chatham Shellfish Co

Geo Code: 41.68452, -69.97685 Address: 393 Barn Hill Rd, Chatham, MA Contact:(508) 241-7503 | Website: Description: Growing oysters since 1976 on the ‘elbow’ of Cape Cod in Chatham, the Chatham Shellfish Company produces oysters year-round in Oyster Pond. Available in a variety of grades, Pangea Shellfish Co’s “Oysterology” notes that these beauties feature a strong mineral brine and lingering slate finish that pairs well with a double IPA.

Outer Cape

Holbrook Oyster, Wellfleet

Geo Code: 41.928699, -70.033792 Address: 4380 State Highway, Eastham, MA 02642 Contact: 508-801-3699 | Website: Description: Holbrook Oyster is a two-acre family run farm in Wellfleet Harbor located near the mouth of the Herring River. The oysters get their firm texture, sweet flavor, and clean finish from the clean sandy bottom, cold water, big tides, and rich nutrients of Wellfleet Harbor.


Cottage City Oysters

Geo Code: 41.46074, -70.58678 Address: Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard Contact: 508-299-7745 | Website: Description: Brothers Dan and Greg Martino are on a mission to, “Grow the best damn oyster that we can in the most environmentally positive way possible.” Their open ocean farm offers tours, educational speaker events, collaborates on research with the University of Southern Connecticut and WHOI, and on-the-water raw bars. In addition to their oysters, they are now growing a winter kelp crop!

Signature Oyster Farm, Katama Bay

Geo Code: 41.359085, -70.487535 Address: Forever Wild Way- Katama Bay, Edgartown, MA 02539 Contact: 774-563-0950 | Website: Signature Oyster Farm Description: In the heart of Katama Bay on Martha’s Vineyard, Ryan Smith grows and sells top quality oysters directly to customers, local restaurants, and to wholesalers in Boston and beyond. Signature Oyster Farm also offers BYOB tours of the farm in which visitors learn about the aquaculture operation, sample oysters, and enjoy a spin around Edgartown Harbor.

Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms

Geo Code: 41.414012, -70.946325 Address: Grow Oysters in West End Pond, and the Harbor of Penikese Island, Offseason address: 1076 Horseneck Rd, Westport, MA 02790 Contact: 508-990-1317 Website: Description: Seth and Dorothy Garfield of Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms have been growing and serving up oysters in Buzzards Bay since 1981. They raise Belon Oysters as well as the Cuttyhunk Oyster in Japanese lantern nets. Hail them on the VHF (Ch. 72) to place your order for the Harbor Raw Bar!

Great Harbor Oysters

Geo Code: 41.285035, -70.083432 Address: PO Box 3621, Nantucket, MA 02584 Contact: 774-236-1045 | Website: Description: The Connors family believes “It takes a great harbor to grow a great oyster.” They produce decadent oysters grown in floating cages in Nantucket’s Great Harbor.

Pocomo Meadow Oysters, Nantucket

Geo Code: 41.307187, -70.025395 Contact: 508-333-2089 | Website: Hang Ten Raw Bar Description: Located on the south side of Pocomo Point near the mouth of Polpis Harbor in Nantucket, Pocomo Meadow Oysters produces sweet briny oysters on the seafloor which can be found at their farm to table raw bar, Hang Ten Raw Bar.

Fifth Bend Oyster Farm, Head of the Harbor

Geo Code: 41.307154, -70.025284 Contact: 508-901-3878 | Description: Learn more about oysters and their impact on the ecosystem at Simon Edward’s Fifth Bend Oyster Farm at the Head of the Harbor in Nantucket by joining one of the tours offered through a collaboration of Shearwater Excursions and the Nantucket Land Council.

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