Cultured Wellfleet Oysters
Wellfleet Harbor, Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Production: Farmed
Availability: July through January
Size: 3.5 inches
Appearance: Deep cup with smooth grey and tan shells
Flavor: Cool brine, buttery meat, sweet lettuce finish



site details

  • Salinity: 2.9% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity

  • Tides: Large tides and several freshwater creeks

  • Bottom Makeup: Clean sand and rocks with seaweed

Growout Method

Oyster seed is placed in fine mesh bags (on racks), moved to larger mesh as it grows – Time to market: 2 years

Harvest Locations
Wellfleet Harbor - Cape Cod, Massachusetts

the grower

Ian Holmes has been working with oysters for a long time. He started at fifteen years old as a farm hand for a a family friend during the summer in high school. When Ian finished school, he decided to make his living on the water. It’s gratifying for him to be carrying on the legacy of the people that taught him how to farm and he’s energized by the prospect of passing down the craft to future generations. Ian also loves being surrounded by nature and the slower pace that farming affords.