Dating back to 1857, The Cotuit Oyster Company produces one of the oldest brand name oysters in the United States. This is the only shellfish farm operating in Cotuit Bay and is currently utilizing over 33 acres of perfect oyster growing waters. There are a number of fresh water streams, marshes and estuaries that combine with clean water from Nantucket Sound and enter Cotuit Bay through the Wianno Cut and Cotuit Channel. This is the key to providing the oysters a rich and diverse food supply. It starts with oyster seed that is a tiny 1-4mm in size. This seed is placed into a Floating Upweller System or “Flupsy” to provide a safe, predator free environment for the oyster to flourish, often increasing in size as much as 4-10 times in one week depending on the season. When the seed reaches about a half-inch in size, it is transplanted by hand into the floating cagesA Cotuit Oyster is well known and demanded by oyster enthusiasts in many parts of the world for its naturally briny, Cape Cod flavors and perfectly, palatable half shell size.