Great Island Oysters are grown alongside beautiful marshlands on the south side of Yarmouth in Lewis Bay. Cradled by Nantucket Sound and Uncle Roberts Cove, the 4-acre grant provides the oysters with all of nutrients and tidal action to grow into consistent beauties. These oysters are distinguished by the briny flavor of Nantucket Sound and their pleasant, sweet taste.
Farmed: 18 to 24 months
May through December
Bold brine with a meaty chew and a sweet, metallic finish.
Seed is upwelled and moved to floating cages for growout. When they reach market size, they are harvested with an oyster scow, which allows access to the oyster gear at any tidal point.
Lewis Bay; 5 to 6-foot tidal range from Nantucket Sound and Hyannis Harbor.
Firm sandy bottom and some rocky areas.
Great Island Oyster Company was started by Rulon Wilcox in 1982. We harvest year-round with a crew of 3 or more. Brad Braginton-Smith is the production manager at the oyster farm and manages alongside Rulon Wilcox and Stephen Wright. Brad’s favorite thing about being a grower is working on the water he grew up on.