Virginia Aquaculture Oyster Growers in Region
#3. Lower Bay Eastern Shore

Use this regional flavor guide for Virginia Aquaculture Oysters to choose just the right oyster for the occasion.

The table at the end of this list below expresses the salinity of the growing region, as well as providing a scale rating for saltiness, sweetness, and buttery/creaminess.

Image of Oyster Growing Regions: 1. Seaside, 2. Upper Bay Eastern Shore, 3. Lower Bay Eastern Shore, 4. Upper Bay Western Shore, 5. Middle Bay Western Shore, 6. Lower Bay Western Shore, 7. Tidewater, 8. Tangier/Middle Chesapeake Bay

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Company NamePhone NumberWebsiteLocationMore Contact Info
Cherrystone Aqua-Farms757-331-1208www.clamandoyster.comCheritonMore Contact Info
Cobb Station Oyster Company, LLC302-542-4465cobbstationoysters.comCape CharlesMore Contact Info
Ebb Tide Seafood757-710-2626 NassawadoxMore Contact Info
Fowling Point Seafood, LLC757-710-4685 NassawadoxMore Contact Info
Griffith Seafood Inc.757-647-2649 Cape CharlesMore Contact Info
Lambert Shellfish, LLC516-313-2257www.lambertshellfish.comMachipongoMore Contact Info
Laughing King Oyster Company757-678-6313laughingkingoystercompany.comCape CharlesMore Contact Info
Nandua Oyster Company, LLC757-442-7742 PungoteagueMore Contact Info
Nandua Selects, LLC757-442-9400nanduaselectsllc.comPungoteagueMore Contact Info
New Point Oyster Company, LLC703-408-2035 New PointMore Contact Info
Nottingham Clams & Oysters, Inc.757-678-5484 CheritonMore Contact Info
OystersOnline.com757-442-7510www.oystersonline.comFranktownMore Contact Info
Paramore Island Seafood410-335-5848 QuinbyMore Contact Info
Ruby Salts Oyster Co.757-201-0224 Charles, VAMore Contact Info
Salt Grove Oyster Company757-678-2767www.saltgrove.comCheritonMore Contact Info
Salt Works Oyster Company757-678-6124 Belle HavenMore Contact Info
Salty Side Sea Farms, LLC757-999-2012 Belle HavenMore Contact Info
Shooting Point Oyster Company757-693-1303 www.shootingpointoysters.comNassawadoxMore Contact Info
Shooting Point Seafood, LLC757-442-4758 FranktownMore Contact Info
Shore Oyster Company LLC.757-709-0038 CheritonMore Contact Info
Walker’s Seafood757-442-2300www.walkersseafood.comQuinbyMore Contact Info

Virginia Aquaculture Oyster Regional Flavors

1-2 : Barely Perceptible
3-4 : Slightly
5-6 : Moderate
7-8 : Very Noticeable
9 : Strong

Region Salinity Range Saltiness Buttery/Creamy Sweetness Comments
#1 Seaside 28-32 9 3 3 Initial bold saltiness mellowing into a taste of sweet butter/cream at the finish.
#2 Upper Bay Eastern Shore 16-18 5 1 3 Classic Virginia bay oyster flavor with balanced salt and sweet with a savory finish.
#3 Lower Bay Eastern Shore 18-22 7 3 3 Salty and Creamy with mellow sweetness and a quick finish.
#4 Upper Bay Western Shore 10-17 5 2 2 Sweetwater oyster with a light cream taste.
#5 Middle Bay Western Shore 16-18 5 3 3 Lightly salty with easily distinguished cream or butter and a pleasant slight minerality.
#6 Lower Bay Western Shore 16-18 5 2 2 Mild saltiness moving to a sweet finish.
#7 Tidewater 16-30 8 2 2 Salty oyster with a sweetness and a smooth finish.
#8 Tangier/Middle Chesapeake Bay 16-18 5 5 4 Traditional Virginia Bay Oyster flavor with a balance of salt and sweet, and a savory butter/cream finish.