Rappahannock Oyster Co. Heads to the Dupont Farmers Market

Shuck-your-own oysters will be available this weekend.

Love the freshly shucked oysters at Rappahannock’s bar in Union Market? Now you can buy some to take home. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Good news for oyster lovers: Rappahannock Oyster Co. has signed on to the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, and will set up its first stall this Sunday.

The sustainable Virginia seafood company has been expanding in the Washington area since opening the Merroir tasting room on the banks of the Rappahannock and the original restaurant in Richmond. Co-owners Travis and Ryan Croxton founded the popular Oyster Bar in Union Market, and Travis partnered with Derek Brown on two of his recent Shaw openings: Eat the Rich, where you can slurp Olde Salt oysters alongside expertly made cocktails, and the neighboring whiskey bar Southern Efficiency. When it comes to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, the more oysters sold the better—the beds Rappahannock plants help restore the oyster population, while the sturdy bivalves filter water to make it cleaner.

The FreshFarm Market stall plans to sell ready-to-shuck bivalves alongside pints of pre-shucked oysters, perfect for making a Chesapeake oyster stew during these lingering cold days.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.