Summer Bucket List: Enjoy Oysters From Around the Cape

Welcome to’s Summer Bucket List series, brought to you by the good folks at Cape Cod Calling. Each week, we will bring you a new idea for you to enjoy your summer here on Cape Cod.  

A luxury and a delicacy… Oysters are farmed all over the world, but some of the best grow in the waters right here on Cape Cod. Although there are plenty of recipes which cast the oyster in the starring role, we feel the oyster is best when eaten freshly shucked and served on the half shell!

Here are a few of the most famous oysters you can find on the Cape.

Cotuit Oysters – Oysters from the Nantucket Sound side of Cape Cod, grown on one of the oldest oyster leases in the country (across Cotuit Bay from the town of Osterville, which used to be “Oysterville”). For More information:

Wellfleet Oysters – The most famous and most celebrated of all New England oysters, Wellfleets are farmed in the protected intertidal flats of Wellfleet Harbor.  For more information:

Quivet Nick – These award winning oysters are grown in the waters of Dennis.  For more information:

When you are out to eat, make sure you ask your server where your oysters come from! You might be surprised!

You’ll want to check with your local restaurants as to where they get their oysters.  Many restaurants label exactly where their oysters are from to leave no doubts!

If you’re looking to buy your own a the market and bring them home, many markets, like restaurants, will label exactly where they came from.  As a word of caution, bringing them home means you have to shuck.  Make sure you have the right equipment for opening the shells or you could end up in the ER with a cut to your hand! 

Check Out Other Summer Bucket List Ideas on the Cape!

If you are interested in seeing what else is out there to do on the Cape during the summer, check out our Summer Bucket List with some other ideas.

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