• June 2010

    Mechanized Hama Hama

    June 28, 2010

    Gary (see earlier post) also shared these two photos of our own oyster shucking operation in the 1960s… back then we had a conveyor belt to move oyster shell around. Now we use a forklift and dumptruck, and our shell pile is a lot bigger.


    The Grinch

    June 24, 2010

    Erin found this little guy last month while hunting geoduck.  He’s green, fuzzy with hair, and very crabby.  We did a little sleuthing and decided that he’s likely a helmet crab. According to this site, helmet crab live in the north Pacific and are rarely found south of Puget Sound. They live out deep (low […]


    Joe Leonard Oyster House

    June 22, 2010

    Our neighbor and fellow oyster farmer Gary M. heard about our oyster shack documentation project and stopped by the other day with a collection of old photos to share. The oyster shack pictured below stands at the mouth of the Waketikeh Creek, the drainage immediately north of the Hamma Hamma. It’s an old CCC cabin […]


    Adam on the Radio!

    June 16, 2010

    Public radio reporter Austin Jenkins caught up with us at the June 5th Bellevue Farmer’s Market. Luckily our spokesman was there to answer questions. listen here. And for interested consumers out there: restaurants are required to keep shellstock tags on the premises for 90 days, so if you want to make sure that the oyster […]

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    Lilliwaup Oyster Shack

    June 14, 2010

    Our tour of Hood Canal oyster shacks continues with a stop in downtown Lilliwaup. According to John, who grew up in Lilliwaup proper and now shucks oysters for Hama Hama, when this shed was in use back in the 50s and 60s oyster farmers used to anchor big barges full of oysters out front for […]


    Saturday we trucked ourselves and a bunch of shellfish over to the first Saturday Bellevue Farmers Market of 2010. It was a beautiful and fun day at the market, and the smoked and pickled oysters went over like a helium balloon. So, from now until October, we’ll be in Bellevue every Saturday hawking clams in […]