Chelsea Gem Oysters
Chelsea Gems have a clean minerality. Mild and briny, these oysters are great for a beginning oyster eater due to their off-bottom growing method. This gives them a flavor that tends towards water more than beach. An Oyster Connoisseur will appreciate the subtle flavors of cucumber, horseradish, and slate.
Eld Inlet - South Puget Sound, Washington
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Size and Availability
2.75 inches | Year-round
Warm brine with silky meats and a sweet mineral finish
Flavor Influenced By
- Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
- Tides: 14 ft. tides with 2 tidal cycles per day
- Bottom Makeup: Mud bottom
"Tide powered" tumbling rack and bags. Oysters are generally held in less than 10 ft. of water, but remain off-bottom.
From the Grower
Chelsea Gems are the original tide tumbled oyster. A brain child of John, our father, who is the official idea man of the farm. He would watch Linda, our mother, labor all winter long, shaking and flipping her oysters. He knew there had to be a better way. Inspired by a seed nursery technique of a farming friend, he engineered the first tide tumbling bags.
Today Chelsea Gems are grown in version 3.0 of the tide tumbling method, it gets better with each revision. Linda no longer has to flip and shake the oysters, this give her plenty of time to play with her grandchildren and snorkel. We are thankful for the tide.
Our farm started and remains on the eastern shore of Eld Inlet. Although we do farm in most of the bays of lower Puget Sound, Eld Inlet is where the crew is based and our home fires burn. We take pride in farming in harmony with Mother Nature. If you are enjoying our shellfish, you are having a piece of what we love. The bay is our gift to protect. The oysters are a reflection of her clean, calm waters. They taste of cucumbers and ocean. Their deep cupped shells are an example of farming ingenuity and the power of the tides.
Shina Wysocki & Kyle Lentz