Harvesting the Atlantic
Wellfleet Sea Salt
Hope Schwartz-Leeper and Zach Fagiano started Wellfleet Sea Salt Company their junior year at Skidmore College. The couple entered the Kenneth A. Freirich 2011-2012 Business Plan Competition and were selected as the winners of seed money to bring their business to life.
Now they own and operate the growing Wellfleet Sea Salt Company the company and live on Cape Cod and are dedicated to preserving everything they love about the place they call home.
Salt Harvest History
We had the opportunity to interview this duo for our Atlantic Issue, where they told us all about the history of the salt harvest on Cape Cod and the process.
"The harvesting process for salt starts with catching the ocean at just the right point before high tide...We use an electric bilge pump wired to our car battery to pump the water into giant tanks in the back of our pick up truck. Then we drive about two and a half miles to our evaporators, where we pump the water out and let it start evaporating. Eventually the water is gone and leaves us with salt crystals, which we put in piles to let the moisture drain out. We collect the salt and bring it home where we jar it." (read the full article)
Shop Wellfleet Sea Salt
You can shop for Atlantic salt from the Wellfleet Sea Salt website, at farmer's markets in season and at a number of locations across the Cape and beyond.