Our Story – A Business 20 years in the Making
Two decades ago a pair of Mt. Pleasant boys balanced two 5-gallon buckets on their handlebars and turned their bikes up Pitt Street towards home. Those buckets were filled to the brim with freshly-caught white shrimp and a dozen or so rustling blue crabs. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could do this every day?” One of the boys said. “I have a feeling that someday we will.” The other answered. Twenty years, two separate careers, and about a thousand crab pickings later that feeling became a reality as Lowcountry Oyster Co. was born.
We are going to come right out and say it: the waters of South Carolina’s ACE basin produce some of the most delicious oysters On. The. Planet. And we aren’t just talking blades and clusters here (those are delicious too though). What we are talking about are single, select oysters that spent their whole lives preparing for their big moment on a bed of ice in front of you.
So if South Carolina produces such great oysters then why are more than 80% of the oysters found in South Carolina raw bars sourced from out of state? Simple: Availability.
Up until about 2016, there simply weren’t any oyster farms in South Carolina growing oysters like the rest of the great oyster regions in the United States. Lowco, along with a handful of other awesome local farms, is changing that.
You can help support the South Carolina oyster by supporting our local farms as you belly up to the raw bar.
Get some #LowcoSwag
At Lowcountry Oyster Company “swag” doesn’t just mean cool shirts and hats. #LowcoSwag is an attitude. It’s about being confident in where you are from. It’s about waltzing up to a raw bar and being able to confidently tell the tourist next to you that the best seafood in the world comes from right here in the Lowcountry. When you are rocking your #LowcoSwag you are saying: “I’m a part of a tight-knit community of people that are committed to protecting and celebrating this place and having a damn good time doing it.” What do you say? Want to help us keep the magic of the Lowcountry alive?
Learn about oysters and laugh at our shenanigans at the #LowcoBlog
When we first got into this whole oyster thing we had no idea how deep the rabbit hole really went. Put simply: there’s A LOT more to oysters than saltine crackers and cocktail sauce. We aren’t afraid to admit that in the scheme of things we are still very much rookies here at Lowco. That’s good news for you. If you have even the slightest bit of interest in this “about to be the biggest thing on the planet” oyster boom, then you can curl up on the couch, head on over to the #LowcoBlog and learn right along with us.