Choptank Oyster Farm
Among the purveyors trying to increase its local market at the Fair Food Local Grower, Local Buyer event Monday was Choptank Oyster Farm of Cambridge, Maryland. They've been doing "sweet" Chesapeake oysters for a number of years, but recently started taking some of the bivalves and finishing them off in saltier water, hence, Choptank Salts, an erstwhile competitor to the Cape May Salts which have found favor with local restaurateurs.
Choptank Salts aren't quite as briny or minerally as the Cape Mays, but they remain a nice oyster for half-shell eating.
Bubba Parker, who was shucking and serving Monday evening, said Choptank is aiming at the local restaurant market, where they hardly have a presence. Because Samuels & Sons distributes their products, they figure they can make some inroads here.