Friday, August 23, 2013

Tomales Bay

The Hog Island picnic area.
Inspired by our visit to the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, we took a day trip to Tomales Bay, only a few miles from Drakes. We sampled oysters from the Hog Island Oyster Farm and the Tomales Bay Oyster Company. Being city folk, we preferred the former because one can buy the oysters already shucked for no-muss no-fuss picnicking by the bay. Though the two Tomales Bay ranches are technically competitors of their Drakes Bay counterpart, we saw many signs protesting its impending closing.

Everyone suspects that the near-religious fervor to return the Bay and much of California to a state of nature will not be slaked by the closure of one operation, so the oyster farms are hanging together lest they hang separately.

Here's hoping that we can accomplish both: let's keep the farms running, and let's keep the bay(s) beautiful.

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