Halfmoon Oysters
Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts


oysterology

Production: Farmed
Availability: Year-round
Size: 2.75 inches
Appearance: Deep cups, uniform clean shells
Flavor Profile: Subtle brine with delicate meats and a clean stone finish


site details

  • Salinity: 2.7% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: 8 to 10 ft. tides - freshwater input of Scorton Creek
  • Bottom Makeup: Clean, sandy bottom, and large thatch beds

Growout Method

Oyster seed is started in mesh bags on rebar racks, then graduated to larger mesh bags. Time to Market: 1.5 - 2.5 years

 


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the grower

Matt Bunnell did it all as a commercial fisherman.  He started out tuna fishing as a teenager, he then worked a groundfish hook and line boat before dragging for sea scallops. When Matt and his wife Jen decided to have a family, Matt transitioned to oyster farming for a steadier source of income and a vocation where he would would not have to leave for days at a time. Together, the formed Sandy Neck Oyster Company.   

Their oysters have a distinct sweetness produced by the nutrient rich tides of Barnstable.  They are fulfilled by seeing the labor of their love grow into beautiful deep-cupped oysters and being able to share them with others.