About Us

 

Back in 2011, I was facing some of the same challenges most recent college graduate experience–what was I going to do with my life? I received some great family advice as I embarked on my quest of self-discovery, but still didn’t quite know what my passion was. I had always liked oysters, but it wasn’t until I attended an aquaculture conference in Maryland that my love affair with oysters really took root.

I came away from that conference with an energy I had never experienced before and decided to see what this aquaculture thing was all about. Working with a family friend in Maryland, I traveled the country to learn the trade form the best oyster growers in the country. Our travels took us from New Brunswick Canada to Northern California. For the first time in my life, I was truly happy with what I was doing.

Then, I met my now-wife, Laura. She supported my endeavors unlike anyone else I had met in my life, and my passion quickly became one we shared together. Seeking to move closer to Laura, I kayaked the waters in Virginia’s Northern neck for months, searching for the most pristine waters in the Chesapeake in which to start an oyster farm. I needed just the right salinity and water flow to produce what I hoped to be the perfect oyster.

The day I took a kayak out to White Stone, Virgina, at the junction of the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay, I knew I had found the perfect spot.

Since that day, we have been on this journey together, combining our passion and purpose to create delicious and beautiful Chesapeake Bay oysters that we hope you’ll enjoy just as much as we do.

Tom Perry
White Stone Oysters