New Yorks Freshest Molluscs

About Us

Righteous Foods was founded in the days of yore, 2009, when it was just becoming cool in New York City to make lobster rolls in your basement and sell them on street corners.  When the great recession was only a year old and Two and a Half Men was the number one show on TV and starred Charlie Sheen as a slightly less insane version of himself.  When the nation was still grappling with the question of whether it is possible for a Mormon to run for the Presidency and lose in 3 years.  When Bloomberg had yet to appoint himself God King of Manhattan and secede from the planet (that event is scheduled for 2014).

It was born when Travis and Ryan Croxton from Rappahannock River Oysters, looking for a way to get their oysters into New York in an expedient fashion, approached Keith Swenson, a general ne’er do well with experience in the fields of logistics and eating seafood with the seemingly insane idea of becoming and oyster purveyor.  Several years later here we are, delivering harvest to order oysters from growers from Virginia to Maryland to Maine, from Massachusetts to the tiny nation state of Rhode Island and even from the exotic and mysterious waters of Washington State and British Columbia. Amy Swenson, the remaining Swenson “twin” and brains of the operation, joined the company as a partner soon after and lent the undertaking a general aura of respectability and professionalism.

Our commitment is to freshness and sustainability.  So we don’t sell wild harvested products and we don’t store our oysters for more than a day at a time.  The best place for an oyster to be stored is in the body of water where it was grown.  As one of the few things that have to be alive when they’re eaten, it’s important that oysters are as alive as possible and our handling methods ensure that.  Additionally, we believe that the future of all seafood lies in proper management of wild resources along with the development of sustainable and clean methods of aquaculture.  Seafood is the last wild harvested source of protein that most humans will eat.  It’s a resource that our entire species shares.  We have an obligation to each other, to our offspring, and to the animals being consumed to manage it responsibly and fairly.