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We harvest pure flake finishing salt straight from Oregon’s cold waters using traditional methods.
We harvest pure flake finishing salt straight from Oregon’s cold waters using traditional methods.
319 backers pledged $30,057 to help bring this project to life.

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Oregon's First Salt Harvesting Facility since Lewis & Clark

People have harvested salt from the oceans nearly as long as we’ve walked the earth. Salt is one of those completely transcendent ingredients in the culinary world. It is used in nearly everything and is an often-overlooked ingredient that can make all the difference in the world. It’s generally inexpensive, yet can completely transform a meal. Great finishing salt is harvested all over the world, and is used by celebrated chefs and home cooks alike. However, almost none of this salt comes from the United States.

Jacobsen Salt Co. Sticker
Jacobsen Salt Co. Sticker

We’ve Had Some Early Success.
I’ve harvested salt for fun for nearly three years. When I heard about a new vendor fair at New Seasons Markets (a sustainably-focused local grocery chain in Portland, OR) I decided to see if there was interest in my product. New Seasons loved the salt, and ordered a case for each store! It was at that point that I realized I could focus on shifting from hobby to business.

Six months later, after an incredibly positive article in the Oregonian newspaper and a holiday rush like no other, I distinctly remember delivering five cases to each of 12 stores, only to have stores call me back within the hour saying they had sold out, and needed more. We now sell in 49 stores in the Portland area, and we would love to bring our finishing salt to the rest of the Northwest, and beyond.

Slide Tin
Slide Tin

Salt Harvesting Is A Lost Craft: We’re Focused On Rekindling It
In The US.

Our goal is to produce the best finishing salt in North America, and eventually, the world. It’s a bold goal, but we’re excited to rise to the challenge. So far, we’re thankful for the praise our salt has received from Mark Bitterman, author of the James Beard Award-winning Salted: A Manifesto on the World's Most Essential Mineral, and owner of The Meadow (Portland, OR and New York, NY). We think this is just the beginning.

Creating Oregon Coast Jobs That Are Desperately Needed.
Not only are we producing finishing salt right here in the US, but it's also some of the best in North America. It is our goal to make Oregon, the Northwest, and the US proud of the great finishing salts we produce. With this expansion comes an opportunity for an entire new industry to take hold. While our current size only makes a small impact, the potential for large scale economic impact is undeniable.

Jacobsen Salt Co. Denim Hat
Jacobsen Salt Co. Denim Hat

For your support, we would love to offer a few small tokens of gratitude, and a taste of what’s to come.

Salt Blends
Salt Blends

Recent Press:

Wall Street Journal Bits & Bites

The Oregonian: What's shaking, Oregon? Sea salt from Jacobsen Salt Co.

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    Jacobsen Salt Co Label Sticker (perfect for bike, car, laptop). Fly the finishing salt flag!

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    Pocket sized slide tin. Perfect to carry your favorite Finishing Salt with you to restaurants, friends houses, family dinners, etc.

    - Plus a couple of Jacobsen Salt Co. labels!

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    Jacobsen Salt Co. Denim Hat. Made in America. Great semi-flat bill with mesh backing. Logo is embroidered on the hat.

    - Plus a Slide Tin of Salt
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    Finishing Salt Assortment Set: Flake, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Lemon Zest, Vanilla Bean. For the wine salts, I've collaborated with my friend and infamous winemaker, John Grochau of Grochau Cellars. The Salts are completely unique, and make a killer finish to dishes.

    - Plus a Slide Tin of Salt
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    A very special lunch hosted by one of the first Chef's to begin using our Salt, Chef Jason French of Ned Ludd (www.nedluddpdx.com).

    - Plus a Slide Tin of Salt
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    Salt Facility Tour. Once our facility is built out, come join us for a day of salt making. We'll show you our process, get your hands salty, and make sure you go home satisfied, tired, and fully appreciating what goes into producing our wonderful Salt. We'll likely send you home with a few dozen oysters from the Bay as well.

    - Plus a Slide Tin of Salt
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