Don Merry is a native of Duxbury, and has been growing oysters in Duxbury Bay since the late 1990s. After selling his fish market in Duxbury, Don helped start Island Creek Oysters alongside Skip Bennett and Christian Horne. As part of that effort, Don traveled the eastern seaboard as well as the rest of the country, knocking on kitchen doors and offering chefs a taste of Duxbury’s briny bivalves. With the farm-to-table movement taking off, and the quality of the local product, the Duxbury oyster farmers found a warm reception with discerning chefs in some of the finest restaurants in America.
Merry Oysters is an owner-operated, small production farm, so Don deals with a select number of chefs and focuses on getting them the product they need when they need it. Quality control and customer delight is paramount. Don oversees every aspect of the farm and his understanding of food safety is evident from his oyster lease to his delivery van. Merry is certified in Serve-Safe and is USDA HACCP certified for shellfish shipping and handling in the United States.
What makes Merry Oysters so special? Duxbury Bay’s unique tidal flow and cool waters that combine with high salinity to create the perfect growing environment for oysters. Recognized for their salty-sweet balance and clean finish, the Duxbury oyster has remarkable consistency of texture and taste throughout the four seasons. All Merry Oysters are raised and harvested on Don’s lease in Duxbury Bay, using solar power and sustainable, low impact practices. Don is committed to running a green farm and is continually working to improve his environmental footprint.
Welcome.Duxbury oysters are prized by chefs as one of the best quality oysters in the country in taste and texture. Merry Oysters are farm raised, fresh from Duxbury Bay, and now available to order online. We are a small artisanal farm that will have a limited amount of oysters harvested daily and shipped overnight. Order Merry Oysters and enjoy the taste of a premium Duxbury oyster at your home or destination! We field questions all year round about our oysters and how we grow them. So, we have done our best to address those inquiries here. Dig around to learn more about our story and operation, from the smallest of seed to the sweet and salty oyster on your plate.
How We Grow Oysters
Know when you see Merry Oyster's distinctive purple bag with our orange pants logo, you can be confident that the bivalve going on your plate will be consistently great. Though Duxbury Bay touches Cape Cod Bay, shellfish farming methods are unique from town to town along the Massachusetts coast line.
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The mission of Merry Oysters is to be a year-round source for quality Duxbury oysters while preserving, sustaining, and enjoying Duxbury Bay and its surrounding ecosystem.
We are successful by working our hardest to do what is best for the people who work for us and the people who buy and eat our fresh oysters.
Merry Mermaids are the cream of our oyster crop. New York City area chefs created the demand for this size oyster. Due to their shell size, anywhere from 2.25 to 2.5 inches in length, they consistently have a superior meat quality and deep cup.
Some may consider Merry Mermaids to be our "Gateway" oyster, they are ideal for serving on the half shell and are quite easy to shuck.
Merry Mermaids are harvested on a limited basis and can be shipped overnight to your home or preferred destination.