Yesterday afternoon, we headed east across the Patuxent River and then south to Broomes Island, Maryland, home to Patuxent Seafood Company, LLC (click here to see their full listing in our Food & Drink Business Directory). Once again, we were seeking, and finding, oysters. We had checked with the folks at Patuxent Seafood at Thanksgiving about getting some oysters, but at that time they only had them in the shell. Now, they have them shucked, both their Island Girl oysters (farmed in the Patuxent River), as well as wild ones (they come from the Patuxent as well as the Chesapeake Bay).
They say the farmed oysters are meatier and sweeter, while the wild ones are saltier. Decisions, decisions. We had planned to just get a quart, but we ended-up getting a quart of each. It will be interesting to compare the flavors.
As you may recall, at Thanksgiving, I smoked a pint of oysters (see Stove-top smoked oysters), while Cindy made an Oysters Rockefeller casserole with the other pint. Now she’s thinking of Oysters Rockefeller for one meal, and a stew for another meal. With two pints in the house, there will probably be enough left to try smoking some, too — I think I’d like to try for a smokier flavor than last time.
The folks at Patuxent Seafood are in a lovely location. The door to their shop is only about 10 yards from the eastern shore of the Patuxent River. They’ve got a dock right there, too.
Below are some photos from our visit. Click on one to open up the large, gallery view. ♦