WFOI am enjoying my traditional late summer vacation to Wellfleet on Cape Cod. While I am away collecting great finds to share with you, I am featuring a few of my past posts about this great spot. From my 2013 visit…

 

Often when I mention Wellfleet to people, if they know of it they often ask if I like oysters. The answer to that question is no, unfortunately. But people ask because Wellfleet is world famous for its oysters.

About Wellfleet Oysters (from the fine folks of the Wellfleet Oyster Festival): “Wellfleet oysters have been considered some of the world’s best for generations. The Wellfleet oyster is an eastern oyster, crassostrea virginica by species, the same kind of oyster that grows in Long Island Sound, as far south as the Chesapeake Bay, and up into Canada’s Maritime Provinces in the north. In the beginning of the 1800s, Wellfleet’s native oyster population was nearly depleted. Aquaculture, as we know it today, began as Wellfleetians imported young oysters from points south, flavored and fattened them in local estuaries, then harvested them for sale in the lucrative Boston market. Although people may not agree on which oysters are best, they do agree a real difference exists among oysters grown in different locations. If Blue Points, Chesapeakes, Cotuits, Malpeques, Wellfleets, and other types of oysters along the United States’ eastern shores are all genetically the same, why do oyster connoisseurs from around the world extol the virtues of the Wellfleet oyster? Wellfleet oysters tend to be long and strong-shelled. Experienced tasters know that they are plump and clean with a distinctively good balance of creamy sweetness and brine.”

Oysters are such a big deal in Wellfleet that the town holds an annual Oyster Festival every fall. This year, the Wellfleet Oyster Festival will be held October 19 -20.

Learn more about the Wellfleet Oyster Festival here.

OYPSpeaking of oysters, as I have been scouting antique stores and auction galleries in recent times, I have become acquainted with oyster plates, which are apparently quite collectible. I was interested learning more about oyster plates – some of which are quite ornate – so I did a little research.

The Kilmarnock Antique Gallery is a great source for information on oyster plates. Kilmarnock Antique Gallery of Kilmarnock, VA is the home of the self-proclaimed “Oyster Plate Lady” and they offer a great collection of oyster plates. Just a quick look at their online collection of oyster plates will allow you to see the great variety of plates out there and why they are so collectible.

Meanwhile, Paris-based OysterPlates.com offers everything you ever wanted to know about oyster plates and offers and impressive gallery and museum of oyster plates from all around the world.