Rose Cove Oysters
Oyster growers around the world tumble their oysters manually. Oysters grown in Rose Cove tumble naturally. Southerly sea breezes create constant wave action that create a strong and smooth shell. The muscle (adductor) that holds the oysters' shells together gets a routine workout, opening in between waves to feed. A beefed up adductor and a constant influx of ocean water makes them the perfect balance of salty and sweet.
Availability: April - January
Tides: 4' swing
Nearest freshwater: 1 mile, Pine Barrens via Middle Creek
Nearest salt water: 6 miles, Atlantic Ocean via Little Egg Inlet
Salinity: 30 parts per thousand
Swan Point Oysters
Mantoloking, NJ. Our private grounds in the Northern Barnegat Bay are heavenly. Directly adjacent to a sleepy wildlife refuge, it's a peace and quiet that does not go unappreciated. Well, that's not entirely true. The chirping ospreys are deafening, but we cope. Protection from the all-too-frequent Nor'Easter comes from Swan Point, a sandy extension of the mainland covered in sea grass. In the 1930s and 1940s, baymen would come up to tong oysters around Swan Point. Those wild beds have since disappeared.
In the 1980s and 1990s, lots were used to purge clams relayed from the Navesink, Shewsbury and Shark Rivers. The relay program, although successful was suspended. Many of the lots were vacated until Forty North acquired them in 2011.
Fortunately, for the first time in 75 years, there's delicious oysters coming from Swan Point again.
Availability: October - May
Nearest freshwater: 0.25 miles, via Reedy Creek
Nearest salt water: 10 miles, Atlantic Ocean by way of Point Pleasant Canal & Manasquan Inlet.
Salinity: 23 parts per thousand