Visit a Working Farm Like No Other
A trip to Westcott brings different experiences with the tide cycle. On a low tide, see aquaculture farming in action on our beaches while shucking and slurping your oysters at our on-the-water picnic tables. At high tide, watch our resident herons, seals and eagles while sipping your favorite beverage after choosing shellfish from our tanks.
Get Ready to Get Your Hands Dirty
We’d hate to rob you of the experience of plunging your hands into 50-degree saltwater, so you’ll get to personally pick each oyster, clam and mussel you purchase. And, if you want to stay and eat them at our picnic tables, we’ll give you a free shucking lesson and provide all of the necessaries. (We won’t shuck for you – we believe shucking is a valuable life skill.)
Can’t Stay? Take Away!
So, you’re the cook tonight? Impress your guests with freshly harvested shellfish that you hand-picked from our tanks. Looking for a recipe? We’ve got you covered. Check out our blog for ideas.
Let’s Talk Shellfish
We know a few things about shellfish, and we love to chat. Curious about our process, history, or island life? Just ask—we’re happy to talk about it.
The Nitty Gritty
We are open to the public Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. We’re closed during winter months, but don’t worry—you can still find our shellfish at local restaurants, Tops'l and Downriggers. (see below right for off-island spots)
Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Holiday Openings: for take away oysters only, we are open the following days/hours:
November: Tuesday Nov. 21 & Wednesday Nov. 22 from 11:00-2:00
December: Friday Dec. 22 & Saturday Dec. 23 10:00-3:00 , and Friday Dec. 29 & Saturday Dec. 30 from 10:00-3:00
Westcott Bay is closed for the season. During summer we are open daily between 11:00 and 5:00 from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day (including 4th of July and Labor Day).
Barbecued oyster days: During summer we barbecue oysters on select days.
December Holiday Openings: Dec. 22 & 23 & Dec. 29 & 30, from 10-3:00 (take-away oysters only)
You can access the farm via water, trail or road.
Coming by boat? Bring the little guy. We’re only able to accommodate small boats and dinghies on our docks. Please respect that these are BOW-tie-only working docks with many boating visitors.
Arriving by car? Park in the lot at our entrance, and walk to the farm via the field trail. If you need handicapped parking, there are several spaces close to the farm, which you can drive through the secondary gate to access. Please respect our neighborhood and drive at island pace on our road.
Hiking in? You can hike in from English Camp on the National Park trail, but please don’t park in our lot to hike the trail. (You will be towed.)
We do not have a restaurant, but Westcott now offers all the staples for the perfect summer picnic, including local bakery bread, cheeses and charcuterie that pair perfectly with your hand-shucked. We also sell beer, wine, sodas and water. We do not take reservations, our picnic tables are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and communal.
Please note that we do not allow outside food or beverages to be brought to the farm.
We provide ice for take-away shellfish.
Let’s face it: once you experience Westcott, you’re probably going to need some swag. Logo t-shirts, hats, totes and aprons are for sale in our retail shop.
Visit legendary island father/daughter duo Frank and Raina every Saturday at the Friday Harbor Farmers Market (April through September 16th, 2017 from 10–1:00). Purchase Westcott Bay shellfish to go, or snack on some shucked or BBQ’d oysters.
Find our oysters off-island and locally
If you are in Seattle, you can slurp down some Westcott Bay oysters at The Walrus & the Carpenter, Bar Melusine, and Westward. In LaConner you can find our oysters at Nell Thorn, and on Orcas Island at Inn at ship Bay. Locally during summer and shoulder seasons you can find our shellfish at Tops'l, Duck Soup, Roche Harbor, Downriggers, Cask & Schooner, Friday Harbor House, and Paellas San Juan (at the SJI Farmers Market).