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Low tide is one of my favorite things about Maine. The rich colors and textures that are unveiled as the tide sweeps out appear like secret treasures. The palate of the ocean floor changes with seasons in the same way the foliage on trees and plants do. The seaweed starts to glow this time of year. It looks like rich honey blanketing the floor or flowing in shallow waters. Seaweed has always been a source of endless inspiration and I know I’m not alone. Larch Hansen is the Seaweed Man. He has dedicated over 40 years to his passion for the beautiful (and tasty) sea plants. Be sure to check out his website for recipes and to learn more about him and Maine Seaweed.
“We are a family owned business on the coast of Maine, 25 miles northeast of Acadia National Park, located on quiet Gouldsboro Bay. We hand harvest and dry Atlantic seaweeds and sea vegetables. Larch, the founder, has stayed at the work for four decades. He takes apprentices and educates customers. You’ve come to the source for highest quality and clear information.
If you buy a share in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), the farmer invites you to at least look over his shoulder and visit the farm so that you can learn more about where your food comes from. And often, some of the shareholders end up working on the farm! It’s not too different at Maine Seaweed. Over the years, I’ve taken hundreds of apprentices who have found me through word of mouth, newsletters saved and passed on, or the internet. All of them have grown in self-confidence. During the months of July and August, I open to visitors. Contact me. There’s no charge for an overnight stay.