Oysters Rock LLC

Producer of Mid Salinity Oysters in the York River

Our oysters are grown in the clean waters of the York River, a tributary of the lower Chesapeake Bay, near the mouth where salinity is around 20 to 22 parts per thousand or 2 to 2.2% salt, are moderately salty with a sweet finishing taste, and are superb served naked on the half shell, on a cracker, in a stew, steamed, or fried.

Our oysters are grown in the clean waters of the York River, a tributary of the lower Chesapeake Bay, near the mouth where salinity is around 20 to 22 parts per thousand or 2 to 2.2% salt, are moderately salty with a sweet finishing taste, and are superb served naked on the half shell, on a cracker, in a stew, steamed, or fried.

River Rocks are large oysters 2 years+ old. Offering a more complex flavor and a larger meatier oyster. Exposed to the deeper currents of the river, most have a marked up shell from ‘spat’ or wild oyster striking. These are the work horses on our farm, left for over 2 years in the water to filter and do their jobs a little longer filtering the water of our planet.

River Rocks Buttercups are medium Size oyster 3 1/2 to 4 inch oyster, at least a year and half old; begin their life in our nursery area and at 2 inches they are moved to their grow out area. Their shells are smoother and the meat is full from this slower grow out method. Offering more of mineral taste, acquired in the creek.

York River OystersTM are a 3 inch oysters, moderately salty with a buttery sweet finish. Our smallest and youngest oyster variation of the Eastern Oyster.

OUR PROCESS
We purchase seed from commercial hatcheries in Virginia when the young oysters are the size of a grain of sand and carefully nurture them to market size in a series of inert polyethylene plastic growing bags and vinyl coated wire cages. This type of farming, or intensive aquaculture, is environmentally friendly, with no need for chemicals, paints or any substances that will pollute the Chesapeake Bay. We use 4 stroke outboard motors on our work boats that use less fuel and create no pollution in the water.