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Friday, August 17, 2018

Barnstable Oyster Farm Tour

You’ve got to love a small, family-run oyster business with a fun motto like “Practice Shellfishness,” but what you’ll really love are the oysters themselves – some of the best from one of the best oyster-growing areas in the country. And Friday, August 17, the folks at the Barnstable Oyster Farm will show you around.

This little trip is organized by the Mass Audubon Society, and is just one of the numerous events they organize during August and September, taking members and others to natural sites around the state. The tour runs from 10:00 am - 11:30 am, and includes a low-tide walking tour of a working oyster farm right off the beach at Long Pasture. After you see how oysters are grown in Barnstable Harbor (and choose your own samples to taste) you go inside for a presentation about all things oyster -- their history, their role in our environment, and how they're being farmed around the world. Shucking lesson is included.

Cost is $20 for non-members, and pre-registration is required. For more information call 508-362-7475 or visit www.massaudubon.org. Don’t overlook all of the Society’s other offerings, either: Autumn Fly Fishing Beach Walks, a Cuttyhunk and Elizabeth Islands Cruise, and Barnstable Harbor Kayak, with a climb of the Sandy Neck Lighthouse among them.

If your tour gets you really hungry, you might want to try The Naked Oyster Bistro and Raw Bar in nearby Hyannis (410 Main Street, Hyannis, MA; 508 778 6500; www.nakedoyster.com) afterwards, which serves oysters from its own farm.