Sun Farm Oysters benefit reaches 10 years

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 6:30am

Sun Farm Oysters will be having its annual Thanksgiving oyster benefit for Block Island-based non-profits on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 4 p.m. Sun Farm parks its truck in the parking lot between Washington Trust and Tigerfish.

“Last year, Sun Farm raised more than $1,900 in about two hours through your generosity, and penchant for oysters,” Sun Farm owner Chris Warfel said.

A dozen oysters can be purchased for a donation of $5. This year Sun Farm Oysters will be matching each donation up to $20 per person for the first 100 people. Warfel asks those interested in buying oysters to bring a bag to put their oysters in. He also asked that participating non-profits bring a donation container (with the name of the organization on it) to the parking lot at 3:45 p.m. and retrieve it at 5:30 p.m. 

Those people purchasing oysters can choose who they want their donation to go to.

“They put their donation into their preferred charity, and we match their donation,” said Warfel. He said he sells between 2,000 and 3,000 oysters. Sun Farm harvests castrea virginica, which Warfel described as having asalty/briny taste. I think most oysters on Block Island have this characteristic. Most mainland oysters in brackish water don't have this taste.” Then he added: “It takes a bitter farmer to raise a salty oyster.”

One caveat on timing this year, said Warfel: Sun Farm is laying down the seed oysters on shell on our new reef the day of the benefit under supervision of the USDA. “If all goes well, we will be on time for the benefit.” Warfel said. “Otherwise, we may be a little late.”

Warfel said he started the fundraiser “in memory of my dad, now it is in memory of my mom and dad. This is our 10th year.”

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