Have your next special event at The Farm. Birthdays, weddings and anniversaries
- we have helped celebrate them all. Or, try a new twist on company team
Hog Island Farm can accommodate groups of up to 50 in our one-of-a-kind
location. Contact us with your guest list and we will design the ultimate
Hog Island Oyster Company was founded in 1983 by three marine biologists
who shared a love of the ocean, a passion for quality seafood and oddly
unique skills in marine aquaculture. Before quitting their day-jobs the
partners brought their talents together into a single unified vision:
to produce the best, premium quality, locally grown oysters in California.
Selecting Tomales Bay for its pristine, nutrient-rich waters, the partners
planted their first 10-acre lease in a northern estuary where the fresh
waters of Walker Creek join the Pacific Ocean. Rock crab and sea lions
enjoyed much of that initial crop, but when the partners finally harvested
their first 25 bushels of sweet, succulent Hog Island Pacific Oysters
a Bay Area legend was born.
Today Hog Island Oyster Company leases 160 acres in Tomales Bay and sells
over 3 million oysters and Manila clams annually. Hog Island raises Pacific
Oysters (Crassostrea gigas), Kumamoto Oysters (Crassostrea sikamea)
and Atlantic Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) as well as Manila
clams and mussels.
From pioneering a state-of-the-art aquaculture farm, to testing and adapting
world-class growing methods, to advocating policy on clean oceans and
watershed conservation, co-owners Terry Sawyer and John Finger have dedicated
their lives to their original vision.
"The bottom line is, to raise beautiful, healthy oysters - you must begin
with beautiful, healthy waters," says John, a founding member of the Tomales
Bay Watershed Council. "Oysters deliver subtle nuances and flavors of
their environment. Like fine wines or fine cheese, they are a product
of their terroir. A Hog Island Oyster's terroir is Tomales Bay and we
will continue to be ardent stewards of this rich resource.”
In November of 2003 Hog Island Oyster Co. opened a new chapter of their
business with the launch of the Hog Island Oyster Bar. The Hog Island
Oyster Bar delivers the freshest, ultimate oyster experience to Bay area
residents and visitors alike in a location that reflects our dedication
and commitment to local, organic and sustainable foods.