" There is a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne..." - Bette Davis
Add to that a dozen Oysters! - Lisa
About the journey of The Oyster Lady
My name is Lisa and I am Cape Town’s “The Oyster Lady”. I've expanded my business to Johannesburg from April 2016, and operate from the Fourways area.
I used to live in Kommetjie, and then moved to Saldanha Bay after that, where we cultivate Pacific Oysters.
Straddling both CT and Jhb I continue my journey supplying our delicious Oysters and Mussels directly to the public.
The Oyster Lady started on a very part-time basis. I provided quality fresh west coast oysters to the regular visitors of the Earth Fair Market on a consistent basis, for many years, which resulted in regular customers coming for their weekly FIX! I am unfortunately NO LONGER there. I do still have 2 markets operating, one on a Thursday 4:30 - 8:30pm at Cape Point Vineyards in NOORDHOEK and the other on a Saturday morning 9am - 2pm in Granger Bay.
Guys and Galls, this is the moment to acknowledge YOU.......I LOVE and APPRECIATE every one of you!!!! AND you know who you are. Thank you. Customers and Friends.
I have developed friendships and repeat clients at the market and shucked oysters for private functions and parties, delivered beautifully nestled on wood shavings and ice, ready to be loaded onto serving platters to “wow” their guests with such a special feast. Having fun throughout, how many people are blessed to do something they enjoy?
Apart from the fresh and delicious taste of the oysters, it is the SIZE of the Jumbo and Giant oysters which have swiftly become Legendary and very sought after by regulars at the markets.
I use markets to train newbies into the delicate skills of shucking and serving oysters. When we come together we had loads of fun shucking oysters for Oyster Lovers at various festivals in April.
A huge big thank you to Kevin, Gunnar, Gladys, Patsy, Sheenah, Shalen, Declan, Ellen, James and Simon for their undaunting spirit and I love working with you! You have grown into your own strengths and I'm really proud of you.
In Johannesburg I have Talent and Zodwa assisting me with his extraordinary skills. A big thanks goes to Kevin, my inimitable BF, patient man and fair weather oyster farmer :) ....."Babe you've rocked every bit of our journey together! I've ALWAYS reminded you that your oysters are "the Bomb"!!!
I love working with our oysters, and often find myself thanking them under my breath, while shucking them for my patrons. They have truly blessed me and I feel a sacred connection while working with these strange Bi-valves. An unexpected phenomena I find hard to explain, and happy to deeply and completely accept. Maybe they will reveal their great wisdom to me one day :)
- Cape Point Vineyards (off Silvermine Road) Noordhoek - Thursdays 4:30 - 8:30pm
_ Oranjezicht City Farm Market every Saturday morning 9am - 2pm
(currently held in Granger Bay, just inside the V&A Waterfront. Above the Power Boat Club on the Raddison Hotel side inside the V&A).
- Fourways / Chartwell area - please call for more info for private functions and home deliveries - 082 572 9833
Pre-bookings of oysters, especially the Jumbo's, are totally advisable, as I may not always have them with me due to unforeseen circumstances. Please call me in advance to avoid disappointment. Especially bigger orders for an event to be ordered during the week, to be packaged separately. These can be collected at the market or meet up but only by prior arrangement.
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Lisa – 082 572 9833
theoysterlady at gmail dot com
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