Peconic Bay & Oystering

Start song! Louisiana 1927

6923135315_d4de78f074_q_oyster-history Greenport Village was once the oyster capital of the east coast.

The oyster industry wanned, and finally in the 1960′s the last oyster cannery in Greenport shutdown.  Mike Osinski, a history buff, read about the history of Greenport oysters. Placing a bet on history, Mike started the Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm in 2000.

8528938342_579c5b7164_q_oyster-historyIn the oyster heyday, four trainloads a day, filled only with oysters, left from Greenport to Manhatten.

Greenport bustled with 14 canneries. To support the oyster industry shipyards, boat builders, sailmakers, barrel makers, shuckers and oystermen populated the thriving village. For entertainment, Greenport boasted two bowling alleys, theaters, and an opera house.

On Sept 1st, opening day for oyster eaters, the front page of the NYTimes featured local oyster grower, Royal Toner, and President Roosevelt downing oysters.Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 2.32.48 PM


Villagers sailed skipjacks to harvest oysters and transport oyster seed. Greenporter George Monsell won the Americus Cup in 1930 and 1937.

Historic Peconic Bay Oyster Can
Historic Peconic Bay Oyster Can

Today, the pristine waters of Peconic Bay produce world-class oysters.  ‘I only Eat the Widow’s Hole Oyster’


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