Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Tomales Bay Oyster Company (also called TBOC) is an oyster farm in Marshall, California in the United States. It is located on California State Route 1 and is the oldest continuously run oyster farm in California.[1]

Tomales Bay Oyster Company
IndustryOyster farming
Founded1909; 111 years ago (1909) in Marshall, California, United States
ProductsOysters Edit this on Wikidata


TBOC was founded in 1909, making it the oldest continuously ran oyster farm in California.[1][2] TBOC is co-owned by Tod Friend.[3] Drew Alden is the proprietor. TBOC serves five types of Pacific oysters and customers must shuck their own oysters.

Currently, they are in litigation with the California Coastal Commission regarding the farm's popularity, which the state says has increased beyond the capacity of its original permit allowance. The original permit, acquired in 1987, allows for Friday through Sunday retail sales and only eight employees. Starting in 2012, TBOC was providing retail sales seven days a week and had over eight employees.[3]

The farm has so many visitors that the parking lot often overflows onto Highway One, causing traffic congestion. The parking has been described as "chaotic" by the North Bay Bohemian.[3]


  1. ^ a b True, Margo. "Bountiful Tomales Bay". California. Sunset. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Tomales Bay Oyster Company". Travel Guide - Marshall. Travel + Leisure. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Gogola, Tom. "Highway to Shell". News. Bohemian. Retrieved 25 August 2015.

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