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Oceanside oysters
Photo by Thomas M. Barwick

#78-86: Oceanside oysters

An icy, briny oyster on the half-shell is one of the West’s unrivaled pleasures—especially when consumed within a literal stone’s throw of the water it grew in. And with 1,293 miles of coastline (not even counting Alaska), we have a growing number of aqua farms where you can do just that. Plus, there’s no need for fish farm guilt—oysters are terrific water filters that make our bays healthier.

So get right to the source at one of these oyster farms: Buy a few dozen sweet little Kumamotos or plump, cucumbery Pacifics, and get cracking.

78 | Taylor Shellfish Farms, WA (pictured): taylorshellfishfarms.com 

79 | Brady’s Oysters, WA: bradysoysters.com

80 | Hama Hama Seafood Store, WA: hamahamaoysters.com

81 | Oysterville Sea Farms, WA: willabay.com  

82 | Oregon Oyster Farms, OR: oregonoyster.com 

83 | Hog Island Oyster Farm, CA: hogislandoysters.com 

84 | Tomales Bay Oyster Co., CA: tomalesbayoyster.com 

85 | Drakes Bay Oyster Co., CA: drakesbayoyster.com

86 | Morro Bay Oyster Co., CA: morrobayoysters.com 

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