Strong Arm Farm
These seaweeds are harvested on the Sonoma Coast just north of Jenner. Our crew of 3-5 people harvest on low tides from the shore and cut the live algae off the rocks that are rarely exposed. We bring it back to our farm in Healdsburg, rinse it 3 times, then lay it out on screens to dry in the sun. Harvest days start at 4am and end when the evening chill sets in. Surprisingly, solar drying only takes a few hours on a hot Summer afternoon. In it's dried form it can last indefinitely since the minerals are in their most stable/basic form.
We also sell in bulk. If you are interested in whole or half pounds
Nori - is very mild, thin and iridescent when wet, and particularly high in protein. Sadly the ocean does not grow the tasty sushi/wasabe sheets we are all accustomed to, however the 'crinkly splendor' of it's natural form is also quite versatile. Can be toasted and crumpled into small flakes and easily added to dishes like a spice.
Kombu - is the best in soups of all kinds (miso, chicken, chili, curry, etc.) since it has a thickening agent and helps break down fibers in beans. It may not disintegrate entirely during cooking, can be extracted chopped fine, and re-mixed in.