Want some local flavor? Try an oyster

By Amy J Barry

Thirty years ago there were 10 or less varieties of oysters. Today there are more than 100 due to the proliferation of new oyster farms all along the East Coast. The interest in consuming these delicacies of the sea has grown proportionately.

Oyster tastings are taking on the popularity of wine and beer tastings as people's palates come to appreciate their unique flavors and textures. Steve Malinowski, who, for 35 years, has owned and operated the Fishers Island Oyster Farm with his wife Sarah, even refers to their oysters as "micro-brewed bivalves."

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