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Oyster lovers can shuck to their hearts’ content with the wide variety of bivavles harvested from the bays and shorelines of the Olympia Peninsula – Pacifics, Hama Hamas, Samish Bays, Dosewallips, Kumamotos, Tottens, and plenty more.
While it is always best to sample a variety of oysters, the Pacific oyster pictured here (also called “Miyagi”) is mild flavored, widely cultivated and readily available in small, medium and large sizes. The medium and large Pacifics are ideal for cooking on the grill or serving raw in the half shell.
Oyster Fest takes place in early October (http://www.oysterfest.org/) in the nearby town of Shelton, with a full daily schedule of competitive shucking, micro brew tasting, cook offs, and entertainment.
Shucking oysters must be done carefully and safely, with a protective glove or cloth. Here is a collection of how-to-shuck videos curated by a self-proclaimed oysterholic blogger (http://www.inahalfshell.com/). (You can also purchase some oysters ‘pre-shucked’ if you prefer.) http://www.youtube.com/user/inahalfshellblog#g/c/65218FD2F26BC7C8
Following are some local oyster farms that sell directly to the public. In some cases, you can pick your own oysters…oysters taste better when you pluck them off the beach yourself, it doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Taylor Shellfish Farms, 130 SE Lynch Road, Shelton, WA 98584 (360) 432-3300 (16 miles from Agate Beach House)
Hood Canal Seafood, 22680 Thunder Ridge Way, Seabeck, WA 98380 (800) 652-5614 (41 miles from Agate Beach House)
Olympia Seafood, 411 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501 (360) 570-8816 (31 miles from Agate Beach House, close to Olympia Farmers Market)