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A scene from the festival in 2019. (Credit: Madison Fender)

The Town of Southold began allowing oyster farmers to sell their bivalves roadside in 2019, and a few months later, when all the raw bars and most restaurants closed due to Covid-19, there were more hand-lettered signs for oysters than eggs on our rural roads.

Oyster-lovers tucked into a bumper crop of fantastic oysters, and opening them became as essential to the skillset of local life as corn-shucking.

Here’s a rundown of the roadside stand oysters you can visit for a DIY on-the-halfshell treat, and if you’re still trying to get the hang of it, many of these stands also offer them shucked.

Cornell Oysters

170 Jockey Creek Drive in Southold, or East Marion at the top of Stars Road, 9845 Main Road, or on Laurel Lane in Laurel.  

Cash or Venmo

1 dozen/$15

Open 24/7

Founders Oysters

Roadside stand at 140 Founders Path, Southold

Cash or Venmo

Baker’s dozen/$15

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Harvest Moon Shellfish Co.

Stand located at Peconic Bay Vineyards, 31320 Main Rd, Cutchogue

Cash or card

Little Ram Oysters

The farmstand is on Hortons Lane at 12710 Soundview Avenue, corner of Soundview Avenue and Hortons Lane, Southold

Cash or Venmo (@LittleRam-Oysters)

25 oysters/$30 in a reusable burlap bag or shucked at $35 a pint and a complimentary lemon.

Thursday through Sunday, dawn to dusk

Oysterpond Shellfish Co.

Sold at Latham Farm Stand

20055 Main Road, Orient


1 dozen/$12

Open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday

Peconic Gold Oysters

21125 County Road 48, Cutchogue

Cash or Venmo, card if arranged ahead of time

2 dozen/$25, 1 pint shucked/$30

Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday

Peconic Pearls

Sold at Sep’s Farm, 7395 Main Rd, East Marion

Cash or card

Baker’s dozen/$15

Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday 9-5

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-6

Peeko Oysters

900 1st Street, New Suffolk

Cash or Venmo

1 dozen/$15

Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Southold Bay Oysters

Deep Roots Farm, Main Road, Southold and roadside at Grady Riley, Menantic Rd, Shelter Island

Cash or Venmo

Baker’s Dozen/$15

Open 11am to sunset Friday to Sunday 

Eeltown Oysters

Self-serve roadside stand at 9 N Ferry Road on Shelter Island, and at Shelter Island Farmer’s Market at Haven’s House, Saturdays 9-12:30 am. 

Cash or Venmo

Bakers dozen/ $15

Yennicott Oysters

Sold at KK’s the Farm, 59945 Main Rd, Southold

Cash or Venmo

7/$10, 14/$20, 26/$30

Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.