Visits by appointment.
Vogt Oyster Company, DBA Big Island Aquaculture Oysters, is a working oyster farm featuring floating cages and cultured triploid oysters. Our oysters grow at the top of the water column. Daniel Vogt, the master farmer, pampers “his babies” with music and tumbling to encourage deep cup growth for a meaty, juicy oyster. Taste the balance of salty, buttery and sweet finish. We are located between Region 6 and 7 at the confluence of the Chesapeake and Mobjack Bays. The local Guineamen say these are the best tasting oysters in the Bay.
Big Island Aquaculture is a small, family run business serving our customers with great tasting oysters, while helping sustain the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and promoting it’s rich culture.
Our Big Island Oysters are grown on a beautiful pristine body of water nestled between the York River, the Mobjack Bay and Myrtle Point Narrows.
To this day watermen continue to fish the bountiful waters of the Mobjack around Big Island.
History tells us this special place produced oysters the watermen prized for their own private stock. They referred to these briny oysters as the best tasting in the entire bay.
Legend has it Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan, and Captain John Smith enjoyed the oysters growing along these shores, followed in later years by General George Washington, Lafayette, and other leaders of the American Revolution as they laid siege to the British across the river in Yorktown.
Today, professional oyster tasters call the Big Island Oysters the “quintessential oyster”; the perfect blend of salty, sweet and buttery. Perfect for any occasion.
So as you enjoy these quintessential oysters from Big Island Aquaculture, reflect upon the history of these waters and those who have enjoyed them before you.