Toni Knudson and Mark Sawyer have been farming oysters and clams on Mark's family property since the early 1940s. This family farm is also home to 25 chickens, three cats and a large organic vegetable garden. Come choose your own Pacific Oysters harvested each day. Sit outside Toni's Shuck Shack with a dozen oysters or a cooked Dungeness Crab while you enjoy the view and the friendly service.
Buck Bay is a beautiful and special area, with a freshwater mountain stream running into the bay from Mountain Lake. Great Blue Herons and Bald Eagles preside over the long, shallow bay, and Canada Geese nest here. Buck Bay Shellfish Farm Oysters are an integral part of the ecosystem, and depend on the balance between nature and those who tend the bay.
Locally Harvested Seafood
Organic Oysters, Clams and Vegetables
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm grows Pacific Oysters (Crassostrea gigas) in netted bags placed in racks in the bay. We harvest oysters each day and offer different sizes, including Petite, Small, Medium and Large. Petite and Small oysters are best eaten raw while Medium and Large oysters are great on the grill. Because of the freshwater stream that runs into the bay from Mountain Lake, Buck Bay Shellfish Farm Oysters have a noticeably sweet flavor as opposed to the briny flavor most associated with Atlantic Oysters.
At Buck Bay Shellfish Farm, we grow both Manila Clams and Littleneck Clams. Manila Clams, also called steamers, are sweet and tender, and are great sauteed with butter, white wine and garlic. Littleneck Clams are bigger and are meaty and chewy; they are great for grilling.
Dungeness Crab is sweet, delicious and harvested from the waters surrounding Orcas Island from the Salish Sea during crabbing season. Spring is wild-caught local Spot Prawn season. These tender beauties are delicious head on, served cold or sauteed in garlic and butter and served with pasta. We offer several kinds of salmon in season, including King, Silver, Sockeye and more.
We grow a wide variety of organic, seasonal vegetables. And our hens lay delicious eggs.