We harvest our salt sustainably from Bulls Bay
As ‘beginner’ homesteaders in 2011, we had been attempting to rethink how we procure the things we need in our lives. Repurposing materials and trying to think about how things were done 200 years ago, rather than hopping in the truck and driving thirty miles to town, became habit.
If you spend any time in the Charleston area, you will have already noticed the distinctive regional taste that we’re all about, its in the air. For us, it might have started when we first ate Bulls Bay oysters, could have been from a walk around Lighthouse Island helping the Turtle Crew one day, or maybe from just hanging around at The Battery. Somehow, the salt, our salt, your salt, Charleston salt, made an impression and we wanted more.
One of the first experimental batches of salt was produced during a 12-hour long hog roast at our home. Lots of heat and extra room in the smoker also led to the first batch of our Smoked Sea Salt.
As new friends stood around at the potluck, much of the talk was about the salt – well, mostly about the pork, but the salt was next best! One of our favorite moments was looking over to see one woman, with her elbows on the (then cooled) smoker, just eating pork off the bone with a bit of salt sprinkled on. That day, May 31, 2012 Bulls Bay Saltworks was born.
We’ve have always been a great team, from working as river rafting guides in Alaska to canoeing and hiking guides in the Everglades, the adventures we’ve had together have helped establish a solid foundation of friendship, love, partnership and creativity.
These days, you might find us playing at the beach with our dogs, sitting by a campfire plotting our next adventure or hanging out with friends at our homestead enjoying the salty air. If ya'll see us around, we'd love it if you wave and say hi!
Rustin & Teresa Gooden
It all begins with the saltwater. We believe we are harvesting from the cleanest water on the eastern seaboard, filtered by the tastiest bi-valves! Bulls Bay is located in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, which contains a Class One Wilderness Area and is home to one of the healthiest saltwater ecosystems and known for its acclaimed oyster clusters, clams and other seafood.
This outstanding water collection site salt allows us to produce a unique salt with natural purity & distinctive taste.
On our home property, we evaporate water in a big greenhouse that we call the solar tunnel. Our salt is crystalized using solar and wind evaporation, harvested by hand and set aside to complete the drying stage.
Crafting salt from an extremely clean water, using solar evaporation & filtering techniques allow us to offer a premium southern made sea salt.
We are passionate about offering a domestic sea salt sourced from the cleanest resources possible while maintaining a minimal carbon footprint. Our exclusive line of products are hand harvested in small batches and evaporated using solar energy.
We carefully craft each unique batch of salt tending to the smallest details from monitoring tides and rainfalls to utilizing
basic chemistry to ensure our finished products are pure and maintain the best flavor, void of bitter magnesium salts.
We invite you to indulge in ocean fresh sea salt from the pristine waters of Bulls Bay, a national treasure located just minutes north of Charleston.