This is a family owned operation. We started Spindrift Oysters in 2015, with our first batch of oyster seeds. Our first harvest was in Fall 2016.
This business is a labor of love. And, let me tell you – there’s a lot of labor! Oyster farming is no easy job, but Toph Jusseaume sets out every day, to take care of these baby Spindrift Oysters, so we can share a little bit of Westport with the rest of the world.
Born in Westport, it’s exciting to be able to earn a living on a river that you’ve fished and played in all your life.
The taste of an oyster is developed over months. And, where they are from defines their taste.
Westport, Massachusetts was first settled in 1670 at Westport Point, which maintains a small but bustling commercial fishing dock. This “right to farm” community is bursting with farm stands and local treasures along the rock-wall lined roads. In the end, most residents and visitors fall in love with Westport for its thirty-five miles of shoreline and ponds.
The Westport River Watershed encompasses parts of Westport, Dartmouth, Fall River, and Freetown in Massachusetts, and Tiverton and Little Compton in Rhode Island. Eighty-five percent of the watershed’s landmass drains into the two branches, East and West, of the Westport River. The river is comprised of two major drowned river estuaries that are connected to Buzzards Bay tidal waters by a single inlet. The Westport River is one of the Commonwealth’s greatest coastal assets in both habitat quality and scenic beauty.
Spindrift Oysters farm is at the mouth of the West Branch of the Westport River. The acres are located in a high-flow area of the River, which are a prime location for raising oysters.