Greg Garrett's Forbidden Oysters

My family has been eating oysters grown in the York River since 1620. My 14x great grandfather, a French orphan, adopted by a British family was sent by the King of England, to fortify the port on the southside of the river. He went on to became the founder of Yorktown. 365 years later our family obtained the prime oyster grounds where the water is the cleanest & saltiest in all of York County on the York River, since it is so close to the Chesapeake Bay. Our oysters are famous for their mildly salty taste since the York River is the saltiest river of the Bay. Recently when the Queen of England visited Yorktown, she raved about the taste of York River oysters. Our oysters are exceptionally clean, sweet & plump because of this close proximity to the Bay, the extremely brisk current flow and a virtually silt free, hard, sandy bottom. All these factors come together to grow the best tasting oysters on the planet, in the opinion of many oyster lovers. Our family has had to fight for the right to grow oysters on these grounds. This battle has been waged in our County Hall, the local Courthouse & even at the State Capital. Taste just one and you will know why it was worth the fight. Since these select Chesapeake Bay oysters do not reproduce, they can be eaten and fully enjoyed all year round, even in the middle of the summer!

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Listing last updated on Aug 15, 2012

Just taste just one of these forbidden oysters and you will be hooked for life !!! They are exceptionally clean, sweet, plump and slightly salty.



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Zinas Produce across from Governors Land in Williamsburg on Saturdays

Oysters for local restaurants and individuals



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This oysters were great if you want to eat some good oysters . I say try.m you will definitely be satisfied. We eat a few raw then we attacked them after we started steaming them . Will definitely order again thanks G


After hearing about the struggles which a successful realtor that I knew growing up was having, I became interested in sampling these forbidden oysters.... [more]


I saw a story in Garden and Gun magazine about your oysters. We started ordering oysters from the Chesapeake 5 years ago for pre-Christmas gathering of kids home from school.... [more]

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