water moves us to farm oysters

Johnny Shockley
Chesapeake Gold Oysters

A third-generation waterman, Johnny Shockley (at left) has moved from traditional oystering to the wave of the future: aquaculture. At his Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Company, oysters are farmed in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Today his Chesapeake Gold and Holy Grail oysters can be found on menus of top restaurants in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.—not to mention right here in Dorchester. Bonus: because of the way they’re farmed, these oysters are available for eating all year long (not just in the months that end in “r”).

my picks

Favorite way to spend the day in Dorchester:
Scenic drive through Blackwater Refuge and on to the islands of South Dorchester, with a stop at Old Salty’s for lunch or dinner. Or a scenic tour of Cambridge along beautiful historic High Street, with Christ Church, the lighthouse, and the Richardson Maritime Museum.

Favorite place to go with out-of-town guests:
Dining at one of our fine restaurants—Suicide Bridge, Portside, High Spot, Bistro, Jimmie & Sook’s, Leaky Pete’s, or Stoked. And then off to RAR Brewing.

Top picks for visitors:
Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Secretary and Old Salty’s in Fishing Creek are two unique restaurants both focused on traditional local cuisine. Annual events such as the National Outdoor Show, Seafood Feast-I-Val, Grand National Waterfowl Festival, and Schooner Rendezvous. And, of course, a tour of Hooper’s Island Oyster Aquaculture Company to experience Maryland’s new and sustainable approach in producing oysters!

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