Oyster farming is a major industry on the bay. I must admit that oysters are “not my thing,” but I was more than happy to accompany the other members of our party while they had their fill.
The Olympia oyster is native to Tomales Bay , but small and slow-growing it isn’t usually considered a commercial success. Eastern or pacific oysters were introduced to San Francisco Bay in 1896 and the oysters grew and multiplied. Japanese oysters were introduced in 1928 and only a few years later introduced to Drakes Estero.
The water in Tomales Bay and Drakes Estero is too cold for any but native oysters, but oyster farming is supervised by the Department of Fish and Game, and Kumamoto, Euroflat, Atlantic or Eastern and the Olympia oysters are successfully grown in Tomales Bay.
Along the bay and adjacent the highway little shacks and small eateries serve fresh oysters as eager diners sit outdoors enjoying the peaceful environment. I enjoyed watching other people enjoy the oysters, and all I needed was a nice glass of wine, some crusty bread, sunshine and the bay…perfect!
There are other stories worth telling, but I need to hold back and save some for next time. And there will be a next time. We will undoubtedly be making our way back to Marin County at least by early summer. I didn’t get my fill.
There’s a lot to see in this part of California. Next week I’ll share just a few photos taken in the little town of Nicasio. We stopped for breakfast–not at Skywalker Ranch, but George Lucas has his home in this quaint little town.
I have a lot more exploring to do!