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A Salty Tradition
Martha’s Vineyard Sea Salt is the Vineyard’s first operating salt works in nearly 200 years.
Before the invention of modern-day refrigeration, salt was essential to life on Martha’s Vineyard — and throughout the colonies. Salt preserved food, made it more palatable, and was used to tan hides and pack fish for trading — all important to the Vineyard’s economy.
According to the “Dukes County Intelligencer,” the first known salt works on the Vineyard was up and running by 1778. By 1807, salt manufacturing was the island’s second largest industry.
MEET YOUR FARMERS
Chief Salty Strategist
Part geek, part farmer, and 100% able to “make meaningful conversation with wallpaper,” Heidi is co-owner with Curtis of Down Island Farm, LLC. Heidi is passionate about living local and reviving the tradition of making sea salt on Martha’s Vineyard. She draws inspiration from her entrepreneurial father, Milton Feldman (d. 2007), her mom, Joan Turits Feldman, and sisters (Sharon Rowe of ECOBAGS™ Products, Inc. and Ellen Ornato of The Bolder Company™), and from Curtis, the love of her life for 35 years.
Farming is in Curtis’s blood. Raised in the Connecticut river valley, his family farmed over 20 acres for their own use. Lucky for MV Sea Salt, he is also a master carpenter. When not working for the South Mountain Company, Curtis builds things for the house and farm – like a hoop house for edibles, renovating a cabin to serve as a barn, pens for the animals, and a wood shed. He most recently designed and built the solar evaporator.
With Heidi as taster, Curtis also develops MV Sea Salt’s flavor varieties like Oak Smoked. If it weren’t for Curtis, the world would not know about the joys of MV Smoked Oak sea salt on peanut butter!
Always such a fun time at the @westtisburyfarmersmarket! Remember you can visit us both Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 12 noon! #farmersmarket
Have you made our Sea Salt & Vinegar Potatoes Rosti yet?! Here’s the recipe!⠀
4 potatoes, washed⠀
1 tablespoon olive oil⠀
1 teaspoon white vinegar⠀
1 teaspoon Martha’s Vineyard Lemon Verbena & Dill Sea Salt⠀
Preheat oven to 400F.⠀
Using a spiralizer, spiralize the potatoes and toss in oil, vinegar, and sea salt. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can grate the potatoes instead with a box grater.⠀
Press into a greased cast iron and bake for 15 minutes. Flip and bake another 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.⠀
Finish with more Martha’s Vineyard Lemon Verbena & Dill Sea Salt and serve hot, immediately.⠀
We hope you make this recipe and report back how much you love it – because it’s become a favorite. Perfect as a side dish, as a crisp on a salad, topped with poached eggs as breakfast, even slid in between a burger for that added crispy factor. How would you eat these?!
Did you know you can find our salts at @BlueHillCoop in Maine? Here’s a little history about this special place:⠀
Founded in 1974, Blue Hill Co-op Community Market has been a gathering place for the Blue Hill Peninsula community for over 30 years. We are more than a one-stop natural foods supermarket and cafe. The Co-op preserves the feeling of an open-air market where you see friends and neighbors. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and always ready to help. What sets us apart is our commitment to healthy, high quality, local-when-available products at affordable, competitive prices. We are proud of our selection of local, #organic, #sustainably grown, international, and specialized items, not available elsewhere in #BlueHill. We offer the area’s largest selection of fresh organic and local produce, year round. We sell over 500 bulk items ; some are local, most are organically grown. Our cheese department is known for the raw milk and #handcrafted cheeses from #Maine and #NewEngland, as well as artisan and specialty cheeses from around the world. We offer locally raised, wild, organic and pasture raised meat, poultry and fish.
We love it when customers share what they do with our salts! Here’s what John did: “Good Farm brined and butterflied chicken, stuffed with lemon and dill, BUT (even better) sprinkled generously with the Sumac, Paprika and Garlic sea salt!”
We are so thankful to local businesses that carry our salt and become salty ambassadors! Find us in the @nobnocket gift shop and take a bit of the island home with you when you visit 🌊 #boutiqueshopping #luxuryinns
Salt crystals are magic, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
We're located at 280 Takemmy Path, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Office Phone: 508-560-3315 -|- Mobile: 508-560-3315