Beginning Friday, the Orioles will introduce Harris Creek Oyster Co. - a popular Eastern Shore favorite - to Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Expanding upon the ballpark's Chesapeake Bay regional offerings, the family-owned and operated oyster farm located near St. Michael's, Md. will offer fresh, local, and ice cold oysters shucked on the half shell at an affordable, fan-friendly price during remaining home games this season.
Served on the lower concourse near home plate, along with a selection of local craft beers, the oysters will be shucked to-order and sold by the half dozen ($15.00) or full dozen ($30.00) with cocktail sauce and lemons.
At the new Harris Creek Oyster Co. location, fans will also be able to recycle used oyster shells during games in a designated recycling bin through the Oyster Recovery Partnership. The shells will be cleaned, planted with baby (spat) oysters, and returned to the Bay to promote future wild oyster population growth.
"We couldn't be more excited for this opportunity to bring the first oyster raw bar in Camden Yards history to Orioles fans," said Harris Creek Oyster Co. President Alex Johnston. "Our ultimate goal is to change perceptions about eating oysters in non-traditional seasons and venues. With advances in refrigeration, strict harvest procedures, and the fact that our oysters come directly from the farm within a day or so of harvest means fans are getting the ultimate experience in fresh and safe oysters."
The Harris Creek Oyster Co. farm is located in the heart of the Harris Creek Oyster Sanctuary, home to one of the largest oyster restoration projects in the world, fueled by recycled shells from the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Fans can learn more about Harris Creek Oyster Co. by visiting www.harriscreekoyster.com as well as Facebook and Instagram to get a behind the scenes look at how the farm operates.
Earlier this season, the Orioles donated $2,500 to the Oyster Recovery Partnership as part of the club's Birdland Community Heroes program. The program had previously recognized a longtime volunteer, Dick Blackistone, for his commitment to oyster recovery. Fans can learn more about the Oyster Recovery Partnership at www.oysterrecovery.org.