The seasons are getting warmer, the days are stretching long and soon we will be flocking to the beach to relieve ourselves from the heat with a dive in the ocean. As the temperature rises, many of us will be ducking into restaurants for a little air conditioning, an iced tea and a few local oysters on ice. Wait? Local oysters? Aren’t those only available in the months ending with R? Wouldn't it be dangerous to eat oysters that grew in...

Many of us have heard the claim that oysters can act as a natural aphrodisiac, but what is it that fuels these beliefs? Is it actual lived experience, scientific findings, traditions passed down over a few generations or some combination of all the above? The media has been all over the spectrum in terms of their opinions on effect of oysters on libido and desire. Some completely dismiss the notion, while others are emphatic that eating oysters can work. There’s a historical...

  We all know that oysters are delicious, but what else do you know about this special creature? As it turns out, oysters are pretty amazing in more ways than just their flavor. Below we will highlight some of the more impressive (and sometimes strange) facts about oysters. Better Than Brita Oysters are incredible at filtering. One oyster filters approximately 50 gallons of water per day. A reef of oysters can filter enough water in a day to fill about 36 Olympic-size swimming...

Let me describe it to you, the place. It’s best to start out for it early in the morning, before it gets too hot and the sky is a blazing, cloudless blue and the mosquitoes begin to rise up in earnest from the trees and you will be almost too warm and slow to even try and stop them from taking a quick drink. Go when the sky is still a soft watercolor, when there’s a breeze carrying the smell...

We constantly sing the praises of oysters for their special flavor, which seems to differ powerfully even from one harbor to the next, but there is another reason that we celebrate this special bivalve. As we become more aware of the damage that years of overused resources and mismanaged industries have done to the planet, research on the use of oysters to remedy this damage makes the further development of this industry that much more important. Many of us know that...

  A victory for the oyster industry and oyster lovers everywhere occurred last Thursday: state regulators approved the sale of oysters in the summer months, as reported by the Post and Courier. It has become a well-known mantra in South Carolina that one should only eat oysters in the months that contain the letter ‘R’, which excludes the summer; exactly when a cold, salty oyster on a bed of ice with a glass of sparkling wine, a cold beer or a iced...

This is the time of year in which we gather the people around us that we love and share whatever we have to offer, be it gifts, food, music, companionship or help. It is also a time when those who have less than others may feel this lack most sharply.We at St. Jude Farms believe that it is crucial and right to share one’s abundance with another who may not have enough, and to remind that person that they are...

The wide table is crowded. Between the bodies wrapped in coats and sweaters you can see steam rising. Hands grasp for gloves, blunt knives, Saltine crackers, the bowl of lemon butter. Someone walks over and empties a burlap bag onto the table, and hot clusters of oysters fresh from the steamer roll out. Everyone cheers, a few of them clinking their beers with their nearest neighbor.This is the scene in backyards and public spaces all along the South Carolina coast...

             For those of us who celebrate Thanksgiving, we all have our go-to recipes and dishes. For most, the thought of this holiday conjures images of roasted turkeys, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pies and casseroles all steaming in their bowls and baking pans, a large spoon alongside each so we can heap our plates high with some our favorite foods.            However, if you live alongside the coast, there may be another food that has become...

A region once beset  by dwindling wild oyster populations, the Southeastern U.S. is seeing a resurgence as growers increasingly adapt aquaculture practices that are both restoring the region’s ecosystems and turning out some first-rate product. “I think you’ll start seeing Southeastern oysters on menus across the country within the next five years,” says Bob Doran, president of St. Jude Farms, Green Pond, South Carolina. “The  Southeast is going to grow into a powerhouse for oysters. And fast.”Read the full article....