Chelsea Gem Oysters
South Puget Sound, WA

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.

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the oyster

Production: Farmed
Season: Year Round
Size: 2.75"
Appearance: Clean, white to brown, smooth shells
Culture Method: Floating Tray Cultured
Flavor: Cucumber, with slate and mineral finish



the site/Grow method

Growout Method
"Tide powered" tumbling rack and bags. Oysters are generally held in less than 10 ft. of water, but remain off-bottom.

Site Details:
-Salinity: 2.9% , 3.5% full oceanic salinity
-Tides: 14ft - 2 cycles per day
-Bottom: Mud


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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. 


the location