Holiday feasts are always in need of something special.
Can a sprinkle of artisanal salt noticeably pump up the experience?
Let’s meet a new Appalachian salt-maker in West Virginia and find out.
J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is nestled in the Kanawha River Valley, just southeast of the capital city of Charleston in the small town of Malden (not to be confused with Maldon, a sea salt brand from the U.K.). It’s mostly pasture land, with cows nearby.
Amid the livestock, there’s a new, small — you could call it micro — salt works.
“This is our well, in the field over here. It goes down 350 feet,” Nancy Bruns, CEO of J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, says.
The wellhead is simple, white and about 2 feet high. It took a couple of weeks to drill, and then came the salty water.