Westport, Massachusetts was first settled in 1670 at Westport Point, which maintains a small but bustling commercial fishing dock. This "right to farm" community is bursting with farm stands and local treasures along the rock-wall lined roads. In the end, most residents and visitors fall in love with Westport for its thirty-five miles of shoreline and ponds.
Spindrift Oysters farm is at the mouth of the West Branch of the Westport River. The acres are located in a high-flow area of the River, which are a prime location for raising oysters.
Farmed: 18 to 24 months
June through March
Intense mineral brine, sweet, lingering finish
Oysters are purchased at 8mm - 10mm and raised in a rack-and-bag system until they are large enough to transfer to cages and trays. Toph's farm has a deep water area and a shallower area. He uses trays in the shallow area and bottom cages in the deeper water.
Buzzards Bay; 3-foot tidal range of strong currents with a salt pond and freshwater creeks nearby.
Spindrift Oysters is a family owned operation started in 2015, with our first batch of oyster seeds. Our first harvest was in Fall 2016.
This business is a labor of love. And, as grower Toph Jusseaume likes to say, there's a lot of labor! Oyster farming is no easy job, but Toph sets out every day to take care of the baby Spindrift Oysters, so he can share a little bit of Westport with the rest of the world.
Born in Westport, Toph is excited to be able to earn a living on a river that he's fished and played in all his life.