National oyster day 2020

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This National Oyster Day, August 5, let’s celebrate our beloved bivalve and those who work hard to put it on our tables!

Support the Chesapeake Bay oyster industry by ordering local from your favorite oyster restaurant, market, distributor – or right from a local harvester. See below for information on where to purchase and how to help.

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Oyster Restaurants: Check out our list of 300+ Shell Recycling Alliance restaurants throughout Maryland, D.C., Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pa. View their websites and social media accounts or contact directly for oyster availability and offerings.

Oyster Suppliers: Now’s a great time to get oysters right from the hands that raised them. Many oyster farms are offering online/phone ordering for pickup or even shipped to your door. We’ve compiled a list of Maryland oyster farms, and distributors, working to serve direct to the public. If you don’t see your favorite farm listed, view this link to Maryland and Virginia oyster farms to contact them directly.

Additionally, when wild oyster season resumes, please remember to support hardworking watermen and women by purchasing from seafood markets throughout the area, many of which are listed on Visit Maryland’s Crab & Oyster Trail site.

Oyster 101: Looking for some local oyster recipes? Or tips on how to handle and shuck? Maryland’s Best Seafood is a great resource for all things oysters and Chesapeake Bay seafood. Their Seafood Guide showcases the options available from Maryland’s wild fishery and aquaculture, tips on how to prep and store fresh seafood, great shellfish recipes and more.

If you needed another reason to enjoy the Bay’s bounty, it’s been found that seafood – especially oysters – are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including immune-boosting and heart health properties. According to the FDA, fish and shellfish support strong bones, brain development, and a healthy heart and immune system. Now that’s a win-win!

Save your Shell: Once the shucking and slurping are through, there’s one more (very important) thing to keep in mind…. Recycle your shell! Our Shell Recycling Alliance not only collects from restaurants, but host more than 70 public shell drop-off sites across the region. This shell is a critical component in creating water-filtering oyster reefs. Shell that may otherwise end up in landfills is recycled, cleaned, treated with baby oysters and put back into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

There you have it. You’re all set to shuck and slurp away on National Oyster Day, Wednesday, August 5!