East Neuk Salt Co - Bringing Salt Home!

by The East Neuk Salt Co. in Anstruther, Scotland, United Kingdom

£24,830

raised so far

339

supporters

To bring back salt harvesting to the East Neuk and create Scotland's most innovative sea salt company producing the finest sea salt flakes!

by The East Neuk Salt Co. in Anstruther, Scotland, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th October 2020 we'd raised £21,959 with 285 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

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Home is where the heart beats best!

I was born and bred in the East Neuk of Fife in Scotland. I left my home town of St.Monans when I was 17 thinking the world had more to offer. I worked across the whole of the UK in different jobs, most recently working in a care setting managing a team through the covid pandemic. Through all my life I felt something was missing and 2 years ago realised it was home. After 18 years away, I am home and aiming to set up the East Neuk Salt Co.

In 2018 my wife and I, and our two young daughters, left the Highlands and headed back to the East Neuk where I was born. The minute my feet touched home soil and the sea, I knew home was where the heart beats best. 

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St.Monans has a rich history of salt harvesting. We have the most beautiful windmilll and Pan house ruins to remind us of our past. It was on a family walk at the Salt pans one day that the idea came to me to bring back salt harvesting to the East Neuk. Since that day we have worked extremely hard, with the support of many people in our community, to realise this idea.  The heritage we once had in salt harvesting is as important as the future we can create by bringing salt harvesting back to the shores of the East Neuk.

This crowdfunder is the final step in us realising our dream of bringing salt home and celebrating the heritage of a once thriving industry.  Your support will allow us to purchase the final pieces of equipment we require to produce salt at scale.  This will include the 2500 litre Vacuum Evaporator and Crystalliser beds;  both pieces of kit are fundamental to get us to scale where local employment and development can occur. 

After months of searching, we have successfully obtained premises in Leven, which sits along the coast from St.Monans and the East Neuk. The creation of the East Neuk Salt Co will bring many benefits to the local area - the main one being local employment. I left my home at 17 to find work and I hope the creation of the East Neuk Salt Co will help us to create opportunities to let young people stay in the area, whilst also employing those with skills already in the area.


The Vision

Our vision is to be one of the most innovative sea salt harvesting companies in Scotland. The demand from the food sector and restaurants operating at Michelin Star level has been incredible.  We want to create a salt company where everyone can access top quality sea salt. 

Our vision is one of growth. Growth that is firmly rooted to our area and growth that never forgets our past. The heritage of the East Neuk is the strong foundation we plan to build the East Neuk Salt Co on.


Rewards Rewards Rewards!


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At our core we are all about promoting and collaborating with other local businesses to celebrate the vibrant food scene of the East Neuk. To reflect this, we have developed a number of rewards - from seafood and meat boxes, to a tasting menu at our local Michelin starred restaurant. There's an exclusive opportunity to have your name added to our wall of thanks by the fantastic graffiti artist Paco Graff, and the chance to get hands on with a salt harvesting experience.

Check out Paco's work! https://www.facebook.com/pacograff/

 We believe there's something for everyone, and for those who live a little further away, don't worry, we have rewards that can be sent out too!

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Be Part of the Journey!

Only with your support can we bring salt home to the East Neuk. Whether you live locally or afar, we want you to feel truly part of the East Neuk Salt Co and become part of our journey. The minute you pledge you'll become part of our story, and will be helping to make history by bringing salt back home, several centuries after the last grain was harvested. 

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We would like to extend a special thank you to Cellardyke based film maker Bill Bruce of Different Video for creating our crowdfunder film & John Bulloch of Slate Productions for building our heritage films. Without you both....we would not be where we are today!  Super stars behind the camera!

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£32 or more

Batch No.1 and your name on the wall

With this reward, you not only receive the very product we’re shouting about but you also become a part of our journey forever. Pre-order your jar of Batch No.1 salt flakes, and have your name and location added to the Wall of Thanks in our premises, by the amazing graffiti artist, Paco Graff.

£10 or more

Pre-order a Jar of Batch No.1 Salt

Pledge for this reward and receive a jar of our first batch salt flakes.

£15 or more

Soap & The Sea

Pledge for this reward and receive a bar of ENSC soap. We've collaborated with Fife's own Willow & Plum Soap Co. to produce two beautiful fragrances:- Sea-Spray & Sandalwood and Citrus, Basil & Mandarin. Our soap bars are free of palm oil and SLS, vegan friendly, and encrusted with ENSC salt for added exfoliation. So they are both kind to you, and the environment.

£24 or more

The Triple Salt

Are you someone who likes to stock their cupboard up in one go? Or perhaps you’d like to share the love of ENSC salt by gifting a jar to someone else. As a special offer for the last few days of our crowdfunder, you can pre-order 3 jars of our Batch No.1 salt flakes at a discounted price. Get pledging now!

£25 or more

Wall of Thanks - Your Name & Location

With this reward you become part of our journey forever. Renowned graffiti artist Paco Graff is creating a featured wall in our premises. Each person who supports us with this reward has their name and location added to the wall. Be you near or far this is a great way to show support for the ENSC and to become part of our new salt premises.

£30 or more

Mini Harvesters Club

Send along your Mini Harvester to our premises for a fun filled day, to get hands on and learn about all things salt. Our Mini Harvesters club offers kids from 8-16 years of age the chance to learn about salt harvesting. The day ends with a pizza making and eating masterclass, and each Mini Harvester leaves with salt they have harvested and an ENSC T-shirt. (fulfilment date may change according to covid-19 restrictions)

£42 or more

Two Bars and Two Jars

Can’t make up your mind between the salt and the soap? Get them both! With this bundle reward, you’ll receive 2 bars of ENSC salt encrusted soap (1 x Sea-Spray & Sandalwood + 1 x Citrus, Basil & Mandarin) and a pre-order for 2 jars of our Batch No.1 salt flakes. An opportunity not to be missed!

£50 or more

Salt Harvesting Experience

A 2 hour salt harvesting experience at our premises. From filtering the waters to the crystallisation of the salt flakes, this is an experience not to be missed. Each person leaves with salt they have harvested.

£70 or more

East Neuk Kiln House @ ENSC

Enjoy our Seafood box delivered to your door or collected locally. A box showcasing the finest smoked produce the 'East Neuk Kiln House' in St.Monans offers. This seafood splendour is packed with hot and cold smoked salmon, haddock fillets, mussels, trout, kippers, herring and smoked mackerel. The box contains 11 items and is a feast to be had. Each box also comes with a voucher to claim your jar of 1st batch ENSC salt flakes.

£70 or more

JB Penmans Butchers @ ENSC - Meat Box

Enjoy our Meat Box from JB Penmans the Butchers of Crail. Our meat box contains a hearty feast of steaks, chops, stewing steak, mince, steak pie, pork & beef sausages! This reward offers some of the finest butchery from JB Penmans. With this reward you also receive a voucher to claim your jar of 1st batch ENSC salt flakes. A real treat not to be missed! Get the freezer stocked up for winter and enjoy a feast!

£80 or more

The 'not so secret supper club' with ADAM HOLMES

The best ticket in town! Come along to our 'not so secret supperclub' evening in our premises and enjoy a culinary evening celebrating some of the East Neuk's finest produce. The evening starts with welcome drinks on arrival, a salt tour, evening meal followed by an acoustic set from Scottish Singer/Songwriter Adam Holmes. Each person leaves with an ENSC goodie bag!

£150 or more

Salt & The Sea @ The Dory Bistro and Gallery

A 1/2 day Salt Harvesting experience for 2 at the ENSC premises followed by a 3 Course Lunch at the Dory Bistro & Gallery in Pittenweem. The Dory Bistro offers some of the freshest seafood and finest art the East Neuk has to offer with harbourside views as you dine. Your Salt Harvest experience at our premises lets you harvest your own salt and each couple leaves with 10 jars to share with family.

£220 or more

A Truly Unique Experience. Salt & A Michelin Chef!

A truly unique experience for two. Pledge for this reward and you will be in for a treat. Start the day with a salt harvesting experience at our premises followed by a 5 course tasting lunch at the Michelin star restaurant 'The Cellar' in Anstruther. This is an exclusive reward for food lovers! Pledge for this reward and you will also be rewarded with our first batch of flavored salts before they are released for sale! A day not to be missed!

£320 or more

Dinner at Tony's Hoose! Not to be missed!

A culinary experience not to be missed! The chance to chat with TV chef, Tony Singh, as he cooks you a seasonal British feast in his Edinburgh home. 9 courses, 7 wines, and cocktails! PLUS, a Salt Harvesting Experience voucher, ENSC original and flavoured salt, and our soap range. Guests’ names will be added to our Wall of Thanks. 3 evenings available in 2021 (Friday or Saturday ); 12 people each evening.Treat yourself or come as a group!

£900 or more

Private Chef Experience for 6 People

Enjoy a Private Chef experience with Kevin Joubert the 'East Neuk Chef' at your home for you and 5 friends or family. The evening starts with Canapes followed by a 6 course fine dining tasting menu. Each guest also receives a Salt Harvesting experience voucher and an ENSC goodie bag. Enjoy an evening in the comfort of your home with fine food and friends. A perfect evening for a 2021 celebration or a catch-up with friends and family. T&C apply

£50 or more

William Curley @ The ENSC - Chocolate Heaven!

Always fancied having a bite of William Curley...? Well, we have a 36 piece box of William Curley's signature salted caramels made with East Neuk sea salt. He started at Gleneagles Hotel, then trained with Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White and Raymond Blanc. Then working at The Savoy Hotel, where he became the youngest Chef Patissier in its history. Now he is the owner of the London chocolate company William Curley Ltd.

£300 or more

Escape to the Coast -St Monans Holiday Park

Come visit us in 2021! You and up to 5 others can enjoy a short break at St Monans Holiday Park. Overlooking the Fife Coastal Path, with extensive views across the Firth of Forth, the park is located just a stone’s throw of St Monans Windmill and the original salt pans. Escape to the coast for a relaxing 3 or 4 night stay in a Castaway Vista or Signature Plus holiday home. PLUS a 2hr Salt Harvesting Experience and 2 jars of salt for each person.

£350 or more

Name a Batch of Salt

Hit the retail scene. In this reward you get to name a batch of our salt. Whether it's a family name or something that is special to you, it will be branded on each of our jars and will be sold across the UK and beyond. Each month we will produce 1 tonne of hand harvested salt flakes. Your batch name will be included on each jar of the batch. Those who pledge for this reward also receive 25 jars of the batch to share with family and friends

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