Island Creek Oysters is an idea. Skip Bennett planted his first oysters in 1992 after three years growing quahogs in Duxbury Bay. He was told by many that he was moving from growing something bad to something even worse. After years of trial and error, and some undeniably delicious oysters, Skip was joined in his adventure by Christian Horne, an oyster farmer from Maine, and shortly thereafter by Donny Merry, the owner of a local fish market.
By 2000, the group had grown with the addition of Skip's father Bill Bennett. Between these four, Island Creek began selling oysters to local restaurants. In the early days there weren't enough oysters to supply the restaurants, so chefs simply said when you have them, we want them. Through this commitment to chefs, Island Creek Oysters has grown into one of the largest oyster companies in the United States.
Today, Island Creek Oysters' team includes twelve farmers, and four employees in the wholesale company. The distribution arm, Island Creek Oysters, Inc. sells over 100,000 oysters a week. From the Atlantic Coast to the Pacific Coast, as far north as Canada, and as far south as the Caribbean, Island Creek Oysters can be found on menus such as The French Laundry, Per Se, Le Bernardin, and even the White House.
While some seasons are better than others, one thing has never changed, Skip's original commitment to growing the finest oysters in the world while having a good time doing it.
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