James River Oysters
James River, Virginia


Production: Wild
Size: 3.5+ inches
Availability: Year Round
Appearance: Rough shells, round shape
Flavor Profile: Mild and meaty – the perfect oyster for stuffing, grilling, or baking

site details

James River Estuary - Southern Virginia

  • Salinity: 2.0% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Incoming tides bring some salt influence
  • Bottom Makeup: Mud/sand mix with oyster shells and live oyster reefs

Growout Method

Wild oyster that sets on oyster reefs on the bottom



the grower

The Ballard family of Ballard Fish and Oyster Company has been producing great oysters for more than 115 years.  Today, the 5th generation has taken the helm and is still producing great shellfish. Through its extensive history, the Ballard Fish and Oyster Company has acquired exceptional shellfish growing grounds along Virgina’s eastern shore and partners with conscientious harvesters to bring you the best.