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ISLAND CREEK OYSTERS
GROWING THE WORLD’S FINEST OYSTERS, HARVESTED DAILY.
FROM DUXBURY BAY, MASSACHUSETTS TO THE MOTOR CITY, WE ARE PROUD TO FEATURE ISLAND CREEK’S BEAUTIFUL FAMILY OF OYSTERS, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL BOUTIQUE SELECTIONS FROM OVER 47 FARMS . . . ALL OF WHICH COME WITH A GREAT STORY….
Founded in 1995 by Skip Bennett, Island Creek Oysters has grown into one of the largest and most reputable aquaculture businesses in the United States. As a leading shellfish brand in Massachusetts, Island Creek Oysters now sells over 10 million oysters (crassostrea virginica) a year to restaurants, distributors and individual epicureans across the globe. Because of their unique position as a dedicated group of farmers working with a small wholesale company, they have furthered their commitment to farm-to-table delivery through strong, trusted relationships with distributors and chefs. This allows ICO to deliver the highest quality product with the utmost care and attention, often within 24 hours of harvest.
Island Creek is a vertically integrated farm dedicated to making an impact on our food systems. They operate one of the only shellfish hatcheries in the northeast, as well as a distribution company selling shellfish from over 100 farms.
The strength of the company lies in the Duxbury-based farmers who work year round to grow the most sought after oysters in the business. To do this, intense care is given to every step of the process - from seed growth to harvesting. Prior to shipment, the oysters are hand sorted into a six different sizes, then inspected for quality.
ISLAND CREEK FAMILY OF OYSTERS - ISLAND CREEK, AUNT DOTTYS & ROW 34’S
Island Creek Oysters benefit from the ideal set of conditions that exist in Duxbury Bay, MA, where all of our oysters are grown. A constant northerly wind and large tidal flow keeps the water cold year round, forcing the oysters to grow a thick shell and produce extra glycogen, a glucose, which complements the oysters briny start with a sweet, buttery finish. This also means that our oysters do not spawn, and can be harvested year-round. These factors combined with Island Creek’s trusted customer service led the National Shellfish Association to name Island Creek Oysters the best oyster in America.
Island Creek Oyster farmers are unique both in the oysters they grow and in the common bond they share. While the company continues to grow, the available farmland does not, forcing growers to develop more efficient techniques. This persistent drive to innovate has brought harvest time down to 18 months, well below the industry average of two years. On top of this, advanced crop management practices allow harvesting to take place year round while most of the competition can only harvest during two seasons. The sharing of these techniques between growers has fostered an environment allowing output to grow at a rate of 40% annually..
Island Creek Oysters envisions a world where all people have uninterrupted access to nutritious, sustainably grown food. After witnessing the effects of our their own shellfish farm on the local economy, diet, and environment, they wholeheartedly believe in aquaculture’s potential to play a role in making this vision a reality. Therefore, they have formed the non-profit Island Creek Oysters Foundation. Aquaculture will play an important role in meeting the food production needs of a growing human population. The Island Creek Oysters Foundation supports projects that use sustainable aquaculture as a food source. Additionally, they educate and inform people about the value of aquaculture as a solution to the global issue of food production.