|Sapidus Farms oysters that you can buy through Friends & Farms|
Friends & Farms is a Columbia service where customers buy regular baskets of seasonal food. It's a variation on a CSA, except that the company doesn't farm. They buy meats, fruits and vegetables from a variety of places.
As long as the season lasts, they're now buying oysters as well. You need to be buying a basket to sign up for add-ons, but that would let you buy any of four different oyster varieties -- listed on the Friends & Farms Web site by the aquaculture group that farmed them.
I'm a huge fan of Chesapeake oysters. Last summer, Steve Vilnit took me along on a tour of an Eastern Shore oyster operation. Vilnit promotes Maryland seafood for the state government. The oysters were exceptional, and I could see why it's great for the bay and why they're worth seeking out. This week's varieties at Friends & Farms run from $38 to $60 for 50 oysters.
Check out Friends & Farms' web site for more about the food baskets. I haven't tried them yet, and I was surprised at how weekly CSAs didn't mesh with the way that I cook -- and that was when I had the freedom to eat late and cook anything for two adults! But CSAs and Friends & Farms have great supporters, and they're terrific for bringing real foods to the fore.