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North Country Charcuterie – Fermented Meats….?!

North Country Salamis & ChorizoDid you know that salami is actually a fermented, air dried sausage? Sounds strange, but it’s true – and North Country Charcuterie is one of a handful of Ohio companies that are experimenting with this timeless method of curing and preserving meat. During the fermentation process, which occurs in a climate controlled chamber, the meat naturally develops lactic acid and can also be misted with additional good bacteria and yeast, which aids in preserving the meat and imparting the classic tang associated with a properly cured salami.  Different cultures yield different results, and make all the difference between a successful and a failed curing process. Over at North Country, the family owned company prides themselves on their mastery of this craft and uses their skill on only the finest heritage breed pork from local farms. Additionally, they like to get creative with their recipes and source 95% of these additional ingredients from Ohio makers, including craft beer, cheese, wine, herbs, and spices. Meet the family and sample their salamis, chorizo, guanciale and pancetta at our crate-to-table event here …!

 

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Storehouse Tea – Discover the world of tea, right here in Cleveland!

Green Tea Blends - Storehouse TeaWe are proud to feature a variety of Storehouse Teas in our 2016 Summer Crate! To quote owners Dan and Paula Hershman, “Storehouse Teas are FRESH, small batch hand blended organic and fair trade garden direct whole leaf artisan teas. We acquire only the finest organic teas and ingredients both locally and internationally within the season they are picked. At Storehouse Tea we know our teas and ingredients have not been sitting in some warehouse for months getting stale. We know exactly where it comes from, how it was grown and when it was picked because we always strive to source and use only the freshest spring or fall crop available. Fresh food is always better and tea is no exception, which is why we say “fresh is best”. Fresh organic loose leaf tea contains the optimal flavor, nutrient and antioxidant potency you expect out of a high quality organic tea.”