We created Barrier Islands Salt Co. to celebrate the wild & pure waters surrounding Virginia's barrier islands. We love creating a product that captures the flavor of this magical coastal wilderness for customers to take home and enjoy.
We’ve spent over four years perfecting our sea salt and the result is a bright white, flake sea salt with a clean, oceanic flavor and a sweet finish. We’re extremely proud to be Virginia’s first coastal saltworks since the 1700s.
We're proud to be a part of the Eastern Shore food community of farmers and makers and enjoy knowing the talented people who make our food, that it was grown or made nearby and that we’re contributing to the economy of our community and Virginia. We have a great amount of respect for the salt making traditions of France and other countries but we believe that we shouldn’t have to rely on container ships traveling 4,000 miles to enjoy culinary grade, flake sea salt here at home.
We would have laughed if anyone told us years ago that we’d end up as business partners on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We’ve had careers in two seemingly unrelated professions - David as a 100-ton boat captain with 25 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, and me first in marketing at American Express, then in a variety of corporate brand management and executive positions in the food industry, followed by founding a local food company called Gone Native in D.C. and owning & operating a shop in Union Market. When we moved here and became fascinated with salt making, these disparate careers suddenly dovetailed together like two pieces of a puzzle and Barrier Islands Salt Co. was formed.
Each time we cast off from Oyster Harbor to collect water and catch our first glimpse of the barrier islands, we think about how lucky we are to live here and how grateful we are to all of you who have supported us along this journey.
- David & Anna Lee