I recently celebrated my 34th birthday. Some years call for all out birthday bashes, but thirty four is not one of those milestones. For the weeks leading up to my day I bought myself whatever I wanted online and used the bday-leverage to have my husband finish up  projects around the house. On the actual day, I  was over the top excited to have a good bottle of champagne, some dahlias and a cheese plate waiting for me when I got home from work. Aside from bubbly, flowers and cheese outdoor family fun with the whole group enjoying life makes me one happy mama.  A few days before my birthday we packed a picnic and headed to Taylor Shellfish Farm for a beachside seafood feast.

 The Taylor family has been farming shellfish in the Puget Sound since 1890. With oyster bars around Seattle at Queen Anne, Pioneer Square and Capital Hill as well as markets at their farm locations in Shelton and Samish Bay, they are pioneers of the sustainable farm to market movement.

The Samish Bay location is just a few minutes from our house, on the south end of scenic Chuckanut Drive, making it super easy to pack up the family and a quick picnic basket full of goodies. 

Their markets serve the freshest manila clams, geoducks, mediterranean mussels, crab and oysters (including shigoku and kumamoto). You can take them to go or get a bucket, oyster knife and towel to cook up and devour at one of their picnic tables and barbecues. 

If you forget to grab any seafeast essentials -  briquets, lemons, cocktail sauce, crackers or tabasco - no worries, they sell those too!

The Samish Bay location is perfect for a small family picnic or for a larger party.

Overall, we had a great day with sunshine, seafood, family and cocktails! It was a fabulous way to kick off the start to my next year.

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