We began oyster farming in 1983 with the goal of raising the best quality shellfish in a beautiful location. With a five-acre shellfish lease on Tomales Bay, CA we started growing one oyster, a Pacific variety we call the Hog Island Sweetwater, which is still the star of our show and harvested year round.
Today we raise four of the five oysters found in the Northern Hemisphere, plus Manila clams and Mussels. These shellfish are harvested seasonally or as 'special occasion', a labor of love and an effort that sets us apart. We invite you to stop in and savor the simple pleasures of life.
How we farm our oysters.
Native to Western Europe, the most famous market name for this oyster is the Belon, from Brittany. Increasingly this has become a very rare oyster to cultivate worldwide. At Hog Island, we are working to preserve and, ultimately, build our seed supply. This oyster is bold and unique. Flat, round shells deliver a full-body, meaty oyster with a ‘copper-like’ palate.
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Hog Island Sweetwaters
A rich and, as the name suggests, sweet tasting Pacific Oyster with a slightly smoky finish.Find out more.
Hog Island Atlantics
An East Coaster out West, our Atlantics are a great summer oyster.Find out more.
Plump, firm, rich and sweet, these are a fantastic summer oyster with a buttery taste.Find out more.
Flatter, rounder and with a meaty texture, our European Flats have a distinctive seaweed flavor.Find out more.
Our Manila Clams are mild and sweet, with a slightly nutty aftertaste.Find out more.