Sustainable Sea Salt Farming
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
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The meeting of the warm Gulf Stream and the cool Labrador Current gives our location a unique source of high mineral content and high salinity ocean water. We only use the sun to evaporate these pristine waters found here off of Hatteras Island. Due to the extreme weather out here on the island we have an abundance of recycled materials from houses and ships being beaten by the weather. We use these materials as much as possible on our farm.
What makes Hatteras Saltworks solar evaporated sea salt unique is our location. Our solar oven farm is located 30 miles off the coast of NC on Hatteras Island. We have the Gulf Stream and Labrador current meeting right off our coast, giving us bountiful fishing, beautiful surf and the cleanest most nutrient rich waters we could find. Our remote location is far from any major cities and due to the small population here we have little water runoff from humans to deal with.
Due to the strong weather on Hatteras Island, we had to create strong weather resistant housing to withstand the powerful Hurricanes and Nor'easters that happen quite often out here. Through trial and error we came up with a strong solar oven design that reuses materials we find here on the Outer Banks. the solar ovens evaporate our source water slowly never boiling it. We choose not to boil our source water to preserve mineral content.
After we collect our source water, filter and evaporate in solar ovens at farm, we then hand pick the Sea Salt in our NCDA approved packaging facility. This is when we break down the crystals and have a final drying in our ovens. We then package each bag by hand and either bring to market or sell online. In all aspects of our process we keep our Solar Evaporated Sea Salt as pure and natural as possible.
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27920, North Carolina, United States