Last Tuesday I went to Carson Varnam’s Shellfish Market to photograph a typical day during oyster season.
Around 9:30 the first of the day’s harvest arrives at the market, where they’re placed into cold storage before being sold locally or delivered to restaurants or retail markets.
There are opportunities for Mikey Fulford, Carson Varnam’s grandson, to catch his breath between the oysterers dropping off their pull. That’s Rose, the dog, helping him enjoy a brief sit down.
First stop: Ella’s Seafood Restaurant in Calabash. This area is well known for its seafood eateries.
After all the deliveries are made we return to the Shellfish Market. While we were away Mrs. Varnam was taking orders for oysters later in the week and scheduling people to go out and harvest them for her.
Carson Varnam’s Shellfish Market
175 Varnamtown Road
Supply, NC 28462-
Phone: (910) 842-6425
Fax: (910) 842-6568
Facebook: Carson Varnam’s Shellfish Market
Ray’s Produce & Seafood World
400 Vinson Blvd.
Whiteville, NC 28472
Phone: (910) 640-2855
Facebook: Ray’s Produce & Seafood World