|Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm|
Large, scenic Westcott Bay offers a consistent flat bottom for anchoring with moderate protection. It’s a lovely spot that can accommodate a large number of boats. Like us, most boaters come here to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm.
Boaters can tie-up at
the farm’s dinghy dock (bow-tie only) and come ashore to purchase shellfish to-go,
snack on shucked oysters, or enjoy fresh BBQ oysters served on weekdays. If time allows, staff will show visitors how
to shuck their oysters. You can also
purchase local bakery bread, cheeses, and Westcott Cider to accompany your
Or if you prefer clams and mussels, you will find plenty here as well. Picnic tables
overlooking the bay provide a unique setting at this working farm. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm offers a Net Shed for group events.
When we visited, a group of boaters arrived
by dinghy to enjoy the Farm’s inhouse catering menu and farm grounds. Farming oysters starts with spawning. The brood stock or parent oysters are placed
in a tray of water; controlling the temperature and salinity of the water is what induces spawning. Once fertilized, the
larvae are placed in a tank of warm water.
After about two weeks, the spat or tiny “seeds” are ready to attach
themselves to a substrate or “cultch.”
Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm uses bags (cages) placed in the sea along the
shoreline. Oysters naturally grow in
brackish water. Harvesting is done by
lifting the bag or plastic cage to remove the mature oysters or removing the larger oysters
when exposed to low tide.
oysters are sold to fine dining restaurants and are available for purchase at the
Friday Harbor Farmer’s Market, April through September. When you purchase shellfish to-go, Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm advises that you store shellfish in a dry bowl (don’t let them sit in water);
cover with a damp towel; good for 3-4 days.
|Dinghy Dock Access to Westcott Bay Shellfish Farm|
|Oyster Fans love stopping at Westcott Bay|
|A Group of Boaters gather at the Net Shed for a Special Event|
|Oysters attach themselves to a cultch|
|Closing/Mending a cultch after harvest|