The best way to include oysters at your cookout this summer? Have them shipped to your doorstep. If you get them direct from an oyster farm, you won’t need to wonder how long they’ve been sitting high and dry at the local grocery store. They’re in the ocean one day, and you’re slurping them down the next. Most farms require overnight shipping for obvious reasons, so buy as local as possible to keep the FedEx bill (and your carbon footprint) down.
Oyster whisperer Julie Qiu of inahalfshell.com gave us six of her favorite oyster sources from both coasts.
Fishers Island Oysters; Block Island Sound, NY
“You can’t get any fresher when you live in NYC,” says Qiu, which is why Fishers Island supplies some of the city’s best restaurants. She loves the farm’s oysters for their crisp brininess, and for their message, aptly summed up in their hashtag motto #farmwithoutharm.