Premium oysters. Perfect chilled, grilled and breaded. From the world's best oyster habitat â€” made better.
At 38Â° North, we believe that the best oysters are grown harnessing the best nature has to offer. We grow ours in the â€œbig watersâ€ of the Chesapeake Bay, tapping all that energy to create firm and meaty oysters with just the right balance of salinity.
And because we grow them in a floating cage farm environment, we're able to perfect their shape, size and health.
There are five kinds of oysters grown in the world â€” two of them native to the United States. 38Â° North is perfecting the only oyster native to the Eastern United States, the Crassostrea virginica, or the Eastern oyster.
We add no pesticides, hormones or antibiotics. The â€œbig waterâ€ environment minimizes the impact of any natural impurities. And our harvesting, storage and distribution process ensures oysters are quickly iced at a temperature ideal for maintaining flavor and safety.
Like a fine wine, an oysterâ€™s flavor is influenced by its environs. Drawing from the perfectly balanced salinity of the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern oyster grown here is typically mild and slightly sweeter than its West Coast brethren. 38Â° North oysters are cultivated to capture the best flavors of the Bay. We're able to grow them to just the size right for you, from two to five inches.
38Â° Northâ€™s growing team of aquaculturists are largely home grown on Marylandâ€™s Western Shore â€” business men (and women) and watermen who are equally passionate about the charm and powers of the legendary Chesapeake Bay, the oysters theyâ€™re perfecting in its churning waters, and the opportunity to contribute to a healthy, natural and sustainable ecosystem.
JD is the consummate trade master â€” that is, always ambitiously focused on mastering the trade at hand. Â Marylandâ€™s Western Shore is home and paradise to JD, who has turned entrepreneurial, sales and development savvy into creating the ideal growth environment for the ideal food â€” oysters.
No, no, no â€” not the kind immortalized in The Godfather. Chip is part advisor, part strategist and all waterman, working with the 38 North team to analyze Bay conditions and perfect oyster growth patterns and processes. Â
Tommy earned a business degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, joining 38Â° North in 2013 as all around field operator. And by â€œfield,â€ we mean the wide open waters of the Chesapeake.