Karen Rivara, a North Fork oyster farmer, featured in N.Y. Times

Karen Rivara is not only the first woman to serve as president of the Long Island Farm Bureau board of directors, she’s also the first aquaculturist. (Carrie Miller file photo)

Karen Rivara is not only the first woman to serve as president of the Long Island Farm Bureau board of directors, she’s also the first aquaculturist. (Carrie Miller file photo)

Who can resist the lure of oysters on the half shell during a night out?

A story in The New York Times’ business section today details the growing popularity of the delicacy, which has become a staple at restaurants and bars, especially for a younger crowd. 

Featured in the article is Karen Rivara, the owner of Aeros Cultured Oyster Company – which operates in Southold.

“If not for Karen Rivara, according to [Krystof] Zizka, there would be no newly thriving local oyster industry. If not for oyster happy hour, there would be no Karen Rivara, at least not in her current expansionist mode,” the article states.

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