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Oysters don’t get any fresher than the ones offered waterside at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury

Island Creek Oysters, tuna pate, and clam dip served at The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Where to The Raw Bar at Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury, right on the water.

Why There’s a party going on here. So if you love the beach and you’re looking for beer and freshly shucked oysters, this is for you. Oysters don’t get any fresher than the plump, briny mollusks at this aquaculture farm, which go from the ocean to your table.

The Back Story Duxbury native Skip Bennett founded the oyster farm in 1992 against all odds. He is now selling to 700 chefs and a partner in several Boston restaurants, including Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square. Duxbury Bay provides the scenic background to this raw bar, which is essentially a giant open patio with picnic tables, a fire pit, games, and a food truck, where you order. The warm-weather raw bar started at the farm last year.


Skip Bennett.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff/File 2008

What to Eat Oysters, of course, from the farm and some from other local waters near Saquish and Plymouth. A small selection of tinned fish, mostly from Spain, includes top-of-the-line sardines, octopus, and spiced calamari, which come with hearty dark bread and pickles. An old-fashioned clam dip seasoned with horseradish and hot sauce is served with chips for scooping, and a smoked trout pate arrives with Saltines and cornichons. Cocktail shrimp and caviar round out the simple menu.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff

What to Drink Wines are simple and inexpensive, but fun and delicious. Someone put real thought into this. Also several draft and canned craft beers, sangria, and cocktails, also in cans.

The Takeaway GPS sends you through neighborhoods, then you park in a crammed lot, walk behind the row of buildings to the water’s edge, and find the raw bar — where you’ll see the party in action. All of Duxbury and their kids are here; the local shop that sells flip-flops and cargo shorts must be thriving. Cozy up to a fire pit or play games on the “lawn.” Dine at picnic tables with people you’ll quickly get to know. The raw bar is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to dusk. When the sun goes down, it can get pretty chilly. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a run in the merch department on ICO sweatshirts ($40). 401 Washington St., Duxbury, www.islandcreekoysters.com.


Sheryl Julian can be reached at sheryl.julian@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @sheryljulian.