Maine Kelp Helps Local Community
In addition to providing our stores with incredible products like Sea-Chi and Fermented Seaweed Salad, Atlantic Sea Farms focuses on the effects of climate change in our Maine community.
Read their inspiring mission statement:
“Our founders created the first commercially viable seaweed farm in the United States in 2009, with the goal of diversifying how our coastal waters are used and providing a domestic, fresh, healthy alternative to imported seaweed products.
Now, more than ever, we need food sources that can positively impact the economic and environmental health of our coastal communities. Here in Maine, climate change is already making landfall, and our future depends on finding new ways for lobster fishermen to work on the water while improving the health of our oceans.“
CEO Briana Warner works with fisherman all over the state of Maine to gather kelp for Atlantic Sea Farms.
“We identify, and work with, fishermen throughout the coast of Maine to help them start their own kelp farms. We provide technical assistance to help these farmers get farm leases, set up their gear, learn how to seed and harvest, and support their business planning. We also provide free seeds to all of our farmers. These folks are the soul of our business and we are proud to introduce you to them.”
Here are a few of the local fisherman they work closely with:
Justin Papkee – Long Island, ME
Matt Moretti – Portland, ME
Stewart Hunt & David Leith – Yarmouth, ME
Nate Johnson – Long Island, ME
Zach Petit, Blake Dickinson & Sean Martin – Freeport, ME
and many more along the coast.
According to the FAQ page on the Atlantic Sea Farms website, kelp is considered a superfood.
“This delicious sea veggie is popularly known as a great source of iodine, a vital nutrient that helps support healthy thyroid function and metabolism. Kelp has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and serve up antioxidants.
Kelp contains notable amounts of iron, manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, plus vitamins A, B-12, B-6, and C!”
Create this easy and tasty
Sea-Chi Fried Rice recipe
- 2 TBS unsalted butter or neutral oil
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 cup Atlantic Sea Farms Sea-Chi, roughly diced
- 2 TBS Sea-Chi juice
- 1/2 cup diced tempeh, tofu, shrimp, lobster, or any leftover protein
- 2 cups cooked & cooled rice
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- salt to taste
- Melt butter over medium-low heat in a wok, saute pan, or well-seasoned skillet, and add onions. Cook until sizzling.
- Add kimchi and kimchi juice and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Add protein and cook through.
- Break up and incorporate rice.
- Turn heat to medium. Cook, stirring, until the rice has absorbed the sauce and is very hot, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil. Taste, and adjust with more soy sauce, sesame oil or kimchi juice.
- Turn heat down slightly, but let the rice continue to cook, untouched, to lightly brown while you cook the eggs.
- Cook eggs separately in vegetable oil to desired doneness.
- Serve rice topped with fried eggs and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.