The Cooperative

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In 2010, a few oyster growers sat down to discuss the future of oyster farming in Falmouth, MA. With farms in close proximity to each other, they decided it would be better to work together than it would be to compete. They could share growing strategies, buy gear and seed in bulk, share a wholesale facility, increase inventory for sales, and help each other take on the many challenges that come along with oyster farming. The Falmouth Shellfish Cooperative was born.

The Mission of the Falmouth Shellfish Cooperative is to grow and distribute fresh, local, sustainable seafood of the highest quality. Sippewissett Oysters are a premium product raised by member farms of the Cooperative. Cooperative members are also experimenting with the production of Sugar Kelp and Bay Scallops.

Our Oysters

We grow our oysters off the coast of Sippewissett, a well known section of Falmouth along the eastern shore of Buzzards Bay. Many people picture sand dunes when they think of Cape Cod, however the Sippewissett region has a rocky, glacial terrain. The name “Sippewissett” comes from the Wampanoag language and means “little river”, a reference to the Great Sippewissett Marsh that is located along that section of coast.

What sets Sippewissett Oysters apart? They are grown in an open-ocean environment where the water is always salty and always moving, never stagnant. On some of our sites the oysters are grown in bottom cages 20 to 30 feet below the surface. On others they are grown on rafts in high current areas where the tides of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay are constantly mixing. The result is a distinctly clean, briny oyster.

Sippewissetts are known for their sea salt liquor, firm texture, and clean refreshing taste. They are popular with both oyster connoisseurs and first-timers alike. We think you’ll agree that they are some of the highest quality oysters available on the market today. Contact us and try some for yourself - we harvest on demand, year-round!

The Farmers

Eric Matzen

Eric Matzen

Katie Matzen

Katie Matzen

Adam Poquette

Adam Poquette

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Pete Chase

Pete Chase