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Marblehead, MA 01945

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Each water harvest requires we row out to find the best salt blooms off the coast of Marblehead.

Our salt is made according to a 1,600-year-old process perfected by monks of Mount Athos, yet prepared using local sea water from the Marblehead coast North of Boston.

We are one of the few salterns on the East Coast of the United States and the only one that uses ancient, monastic saltern methods.

Unlike mass produced salts, ours benefit from a seasonality and vintage that can only occur with small batch salts. Autumn, winter, spring and summer salts are unique in that they have distinct algal, current and saline bloom signatures.

We can also vary the minerality and the salinity within a certain tolerance for our more demanding customers providing a bespoke saline experience.

You may also notice the live taste quality and delicate crystalline structure of our fresh salt that melts right on contact. Because of the freshness of our salt, you can also use less of it which makes it perfect for those looking to cut down on their salt consumption.

 

The Monks of Mount Athos

Some call it the Holy Mountain, some the Garden of the Virgin Mary, Mount Athos' first monasteries were founded in the 4th century.  Certainly monks lived there quietly for hundreds of years before.

The procession from the main church to the refectory.  Monks have been up for about five hours at this point without having eaten anything.

It is the only place on earth where the flag of the Roman Empire still flies.  It is also the only place in the world which keeps Byzantine, or Roman, time since the fall of the Empire in 1453.

"60 Minutes" cameras capture the monastic life, including chanting, prayers, rituals, and the priceless relics and icons from the Byzantine Empire stored on "The Holy Mountain," Mt. Athos. Bob Simon reports.
An English overdub of the 1981 film 'A thousand years seem like just one day, Monks from Athos, the Holy Mountain' originally made for German TV. The film is described as "a sensitive study of one of the twenty great monasteries of Mount Athos, a thousand year old monastic republic in northern Greece- the famous 'Holy Mountain' of the Orthodox church.