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Nadia ErnestusBy Nadia Ernestus
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Nadia ErnestusBy Nadia Ernestus
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The Kraut Kween
The Kraut Kween

Hi Kickstarter,

We’re Hamptons Brine, an artisanal sauerkraut and kvass maker based on Long Island,NY.

We have been making these probiotic-rich foods for the past year and have been blown away by how positive the reception is.

People love their probiotics and our products deliver! AND they are delicious!

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Since September of last year, we were lucky enough to expand our reach from seasonal farmers markets and our online marketplace to small, local grocery stores on the East End of Long Island. Having our kraut in stores is fantastic and to have a product that is delicious, raw, and healthy is a great feeling.

Todd and myself!
Todd and myself!

Because of this positive reception, we’re looking to expand our reach to more parts of Long Island and the five boroughs.We are still a small artisanal company and we want to keep it that way. Our cabbage is cut by hand and our labels are put on the same way. We want to reach more people but we don't want to lose that homemade feel that our customers love. So our costs are high and we can't afford to hire a distributor - we are running our deliveries ourselves. My Prius has been wonderful for local markets and farm festivals but it doesn’t work too well when delivering orders to stores. To do this, we need a small delivery van with refrigeration to transport our live kraut and kvass.

Another challenge we are facing is getting an Organic Certification. We have been using exclusively all organic ingredients but now it's time to comply with all the production regulations. Because we are using a shared facility commercial kitchen, it won't be easy and it won't be cheap.

This is why we’re turning to Kickstarter and our loyal fans and customers.

We need your help to fund enough money to purchase a used delivery van so we can move our kraut and kvass through Long Island and further out west to more markets and to offset the costs associated with getting Certified Organic.

"Hamptons Brine" original oil on canvass painting by Jim Gingerich
"Hamptons Brine" original oil on canvass painting by Jim Gingerich

I called the company "Hamptons Brine" because brine we use for fermentation is basically salt water. And the salt water in the Hamptons, where I live, is the ocean! So we commissioned a painting of our favorite Gibson Beach in Sagaponack to a coolest local artist, Jim Gingerich. This is the painting that we are using for our rewards.

We hope that Hamptons Brine can reach more customers and bring probiotic rich, lacto fermented kraut and kvass to more people and homes.

With your support, we can make this a reality!

-The Hamptons Brine Team

Risks and challenges

We promise to fulfill no later than 60 days after the end of the project. The products take 4-5 weeks to ferment. So if we don't have enough inventory, we will just make more! Another week or two to pack and ship. I don't anticipate any other delays and/or challenges.

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    5x7 print on matte photo paper of commissioned painting "Hamptons Brine"done by Jim Gingerich.

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    8x10 print on matte photo paper of commissioned painting "Hamptons Brine" by Jim Gingerich

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    One jar of our Spicy kvass or Classic sauerkraut.

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    Mix and Match two jars of our kraut and kvass. Specify choice on checkout (classic, chunky, spicy, kale)

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    16x20 print on matte photo paper of painting "Hamptons Brine" by Long Island's own Jim Gingerich signed by the artist

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    Mix and Match four jars of our kraut or kvass. Specify choice on checkout (original, spicy, kale)

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    Stunning 11x14 Fine Art Canvas print of commissioned "Hamptons Brine" by Jim Gingerich signed by the artist

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    Our full line - 8 products in all! Plus a 16x20 print on matte photo paper of painting "Hamptons Brine" by Long Island's own Jim Gingerich signed by the artist

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    Life-size 30x40 print on matte photo paper of commissioned painting "Hamptons Brine" by Jim Gingerich signed by the artist

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    The Kraut Kween herself, Nadia Ernestus, comes to your kitchen or another location of your choice for a private lesson on fermentation!
    Includes 16X20 signed "Hamptons Brine" print from previous level.

    (ONLY available from Montauk to Manhattan)

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    For those who aren't located in the area described for the fermentation class but still want to be a huge benefactor, then this level is for you! Receive one of every product in our store (thats eight bottles all together) and one 30x40 Canvas print done by Long Island's own Jim Gingerich, both signed and commissioned by the artist himself.

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    The actual art piece created by Long Island's own Jim Gingerich! A gorgeous 30x40 oil painting encompassing our love for Gibson Beach in Sagaponack. Brine is salt water and this is where our name originates from! Because since brine is salt water, Hamptons Brine means “the ocean”.
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