Fresh seafood from the farmers market

Story and photos by Michael Waldstein

Julio Ortega of “From The Sea To You”

If you’re an oyster lover, there’s nothing better than really fresh ones.  There are two problems with that, though.  The first is that getting them really fresh often entails driving all the way out to Point Reyes or Tomales Bay.  An hour and a half drive.  In Glen Park  we can easily solve that problem with a visit to our own Farmers Market and the “From The Sea To You” stand.  You’ll shop there with Julio Ortega, which is always fun because of Julio’s wit and winning personality.  You can take them home or he’ll open them there.

Everything ready.

The second problem is opening them in a fast, efficient, safe manner, unless your an experienced shucker.  Here’s my solution:
After trying several different tools, I came upon the “King Kooker” oyster shucker.  Using it has your plate of raw oysters ready in no time with very little mess and clean up.

Simply place the oyster under the steel spike and bring the lever down. It opens with little resistance. (Make sure the point is in the hinge side of the oyster.)

Everything ready.

Simply place the oyster under the steel spike and bring the lever down.  It opens with little resistance. (Make sure the

point is in the hinge side of the oyster.)

That’s basically it. Sweet, fresh oysters all ready for lemon juice, vinegar or a ketchup, horseradish mixture or…

That’s basically it.  Sweet, fresh oysters all ready for lemon juice, vinegar or a ketchup, horseradish mixture or…

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  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for the essay! Julio / From The Sea To You, is one the returning vendors from last year, and we love him! Please join http://www.facebook.com/GlenParkVillageFarmersMarket and check out our variety of vendors and events scheduled for this season.
    Ric Lopez
    Glen Park Merchants Association

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