Oysters are among the most sustainable seafood options available. This week we are offering great prices on these eco-friendly delicacies. Read on to learn more about Barcat Oysters from Chesapeake Bay.
Barcat Oysters are medium in size, averaging 2 1/2 – 3″, and are native to the Chesapeake Bay. They are aquaculture grown by a co-op of former “wild” harvesters and small-time watermen from all across the Chesapeake Bay who are bound by a commitment to quality, sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
In the 1600’s, oysters in the Chesapeake Bay were so abundant that they were filtering the bay’s waters once a week. As technology improved during the Industrial Age, numbers of wild Chesapeake oysters began to decline due to over-harvesting and reef destruction.
Thankfully, oyster populations in the bay are on the rebound, due to innovative technology, sponsored and implemented by the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Farmers are continually improving their “aquaculture” practices and gradually, the Chesapeake Oyster is making a comeback. We are glad to support this effort!
Harvest Locations: Chesapeake Bay – Maryland / Virginia
Size and Availability: 2.5+ inches | Year-round
Flavor Profile: Very mild, but meaty. Salty start with a crisp, creamy, and slightly sweet finish.
Barcat Oysters are only $2.00 each this weekend at Tony’s!