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Dias Creek Oyster LLC, home of Venus Oysters

Richard and Stephanie Cash began raising oysters in 2012. Through Hurricane Sandy and severe winter freezes, they have brought out an oyster worthy of the name Venus. Feeding on an especially rich diet of wetland nutrients, these beauties develop a tangy-yet-earthy merroir reminiscent of truffles that lingers in the memory.

Richard Cash has many years’ experience as a U.S. Merchant Marine officer in deep-sea and ferry service. Because the Dias Creek Oyster lease is hard to reach by land, his seamanship and boat-handling skills come in handy.

Stephanie Tramdack Cash has a background in investment strategy and French-into-English financial translation. She handles marketing and public relations activities and is currently Interim Chair of the Cape May Oyster Cooperative.

Betsy’s Cape Shore Salts

Betsy Haskin’s father, Dr. Harold Haskin, was the Rutgers scientist who rescued the New Jersey oyster industry by breeding oyster strains that thrive in the Delaware Bay. In 2002, Betsy took over his oyster garden. She began selling oysters in 2008 and quickly developed a reputation for the meticulous care that produces exquisite oysters with unforgettable merroir.

Shortly after graduating from Duke, she operated shrimp boats off the southeastern United States and carried out estuarine research at the University of South Carolina. She lived in Thailand for many years, frequently traveling there while her husband was a resident. Her son is in graduate school, studying geology and marine sciences.

Naked Salts

Joe Moro started life in Abruzzi. An Italian army veteran and bomb expert, he has background in chemistry and physics as well as culinary studies.

In the United States, his footsteps led him to environmental testing work. In 1986, he opened a restaurant and began to hone a knack for restaurant turnarounds. To date, he has owned and operated seven restaurants. 

Joe began growing Naked Salts oysters on the Cape Shore flats in 2013. His careful attention to husbandry produces beautiful oysters with distinctive merroir.