Drakes Bay Oyster Company Settles Federal Lawsuit; Announces Plans to Continue Distribution and for a Restaurant at Tomales Bay Resort

“We fought long and hard all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Along the way we stood up for family farms, for sustainable food, and for scientific integrity in government,” said Drakes Bay Oyster Company co-owners Joe, Kevin and Bob Lunny. “At the end of the day, although we lost this battle, it was important for us to be a voice for justice for family farms,” the Lunnys added.
See the entire Press Release here

The settlement allows Drakes Bay Oyster Company to harvest the remaining oysters in Drakes Estero through 2014. You can still buy Drakes Bay oysters on the half shell at many fine restaurants. You can buy unshucked oysters in these retail shops: The Inverness Store, Inverness; Perry’s Deli, Inverness Park; The Palace Market, Point Reyes Station; Sonoma Market, Sonoma; Good Earth, Fairfax; G & G Markets, Petaluma and Santa Rosa; Local’s Corner, San Francisco.

Along with the continued oyster distribution business, the Lunnys also have good news to announce. Having fallen in love with the sustainability, ecological contributions, and food value of oysters, the Lunnys are planning a new venture: Drakes Oyster House, a restaurant to be located at the Tomales Bay Resort in Inverness, California.

To learn more about their entire Drakes Bay story, visit savedrakesbay.com.

Thank you for your support, as always. We could never have managed to get through this without our loyal fans, customers, and supporters. May truth and justice eventually prevail, with liberty and oysters for all!

Sincerely,
The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Family

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Point Reyes coast

Drakes Estero in morning light.

As stewards of the land, our practices are driven by a deep respect for the earth and the waters of the Estero ecosystem. The farms provide jobs, housing, and income to many locals, and are a significant part of the history and diversity of this thriving agricultural community.

We promise that we will provide you and your family with products of only the highest quality produced in the most humane, local and sustainable manner possible.

Our Drakes Bay Oysters and other seafood are raised in the most pristine body of water quality of any growing area in the state of California. A deep-water upwelling just off the coast of Drakes Bay provides cool, nutrient rich water year-round to Drakes Estero. This uniquely pristine water produces what are recognized as some of the finest oysters in the world.

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