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....

Oysters and affordable housing—not exactly subjects that naturally go together, but the two have more in common than you might think. To wit: both are hot topics, in high demand locally, and incredibly hard to crack, especially the increasingly dire need for affordable housing in the Charleston region. One other fortunate common denominator is that both have the Doran family behind them. That’s why you may see delivery trucks for St. Jude Farms, an ACE Basin-based sustainable oyster farming, seafood,...

"St. Jude Farms benefits from its location in the heart of the ACE Basin, a patchwork of more than a quarter-million acres of conserved land in the deltas of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers. The environs give the water quality a level of protection few other locations on the East Coast can match."Read the Article here....

Reserve your Fresh Oysters by Thursday, October 1st for store pick-up on October 9th or 10th!Fresh Wild Caught Otter Roaster Minimum 15 lbs. per peck bag 
Available only by special order - $19.99 eachSee list of local Harris Teeter featuring our oysters below!Offer valid for the following Harris Teeters:Village Pointe920 Houston Northcutt BlvdMt PleasantOakpoint Center675 Folly RdCharlestonLong Pointe620 Long Pointe Rd, Suite HMt PleasantCashua Place1930 W Palmetto StFlorenceRivertowne Place2035 Hwy 41Mt PleasantMain Street Village301 Main StHilton HeadShops at Sea Island600 Sea Island Rd, Suite 23St. SimonEast...

Break out your oyster knives and gloves because September 15th marks the opening of Oyster Season in the Lowcountry! St. Jude Farms is the leading & largest sustainable oyster farm in South Carolina. Make sure to dine or shop at the following restaurants and grocery stores this week because our trucks are headed there in the morning with Ace Blades, Otter Island Oysters, Charleston Salts, & Otter Roasters! Shuck yea!Amen Street, Boone Hall Farms, Charleston Fish House, Coast, Fleet Landing, Harris Teeter Downtown...

Lowcountry company aims to make local oysters available all yearGREEN POND, S.C. (WCIV) -- With oyster season on the horizon and the demand for oysters on the half shell so high, a local company is trying to get the local industry to evolve.During the warmer months, local wild oysters are busy spawning so their size is small and the look of the meat is not that appealing, which is one of the reasons locals don't eat Lowcountry oysters in the...

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program to support healthy oceans. All of the seafood we sell is fished or farmed in ways that minimize environmental impact. St. Jude Farms and Fish Restaurant are the only two partners of this program in the Lowcountry and two of the four partners in South Carolina. There are a total of 400 partners worldwide.          “It’s an honor to partner with Seafood Watch in connecting food choices with the...

"We now have confirmation that Maurice Thomas has indeed passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family" - SJF...

“Although we maintain a ray of hope, our team here at St. Jude Farms must face the fact that in all likelihood, our friend Maurice Thomas has been lost both to us and to the world. Maurice was a freelance oysterman and fisherman that brought a sense of calm and camaraderie to everyone that worked around him. He never complained, he just got straight to work with a can - do attitude. Maurice was a kind man and his smile...