Down a winding road in Newport, you will find the oldest operating oyster farm in Oregon. Located on the Yaquina Bay this farm has been in business since 1907. I drove 3 hours to have a unique experience photographing the harvesting and shucking of the oysters. Shortly after arriving around 8:30 am, I was offered a fresh oyster in the shell with a few dabs of hot sauce. A new taste and texture for me. I glanced across the bay and a rainbow appeared from shore to shore, I knew this would be unforgettable.
These oysters typically grow for a minimum of two years before being harvested. I was lucky to join them on as they went harvesting in the bay. We boarded a small boat and headed out as the rain was drizzling on us. One of the methods was dredging the oysters up from the bottom of the bay. This had to be done with care and accuracy, you had to be at the right depth so as to collect the oysters and not too much mud. They collected three large containers of oysters and headed back so they could begin cleaning and sorting.