Spotlight on 5 Sustainable U.S. Shellfish Farms that are Getting It Right

By Rowan Jacobsen, "Digging Dinner," May/June 2011

What's not to love about healthy and succulent farmed mussels, clams and oysters?

Hog Island Oyster Company, Tomales Bay, California

Nestled behind the pristine wilderness of Point Reyes National Seashore, just north of San Francisco, Hog Island grows some of the cleanest and briniest oysters, clams and mussels in the country. With the surrounding brown hills and the hard, blue glint of that California light off the water, it's one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Hog Island purges all its shellfish in saltwater tanks after harvest, which is why you very rarely find grit or mud like you do in wild shellfish.

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