Variety is the spice of life in…well…a variety of ways! The changing of the seasons brings variety to the weather, and a variety of season-ings brings changes in the taste of foods!
As people grow in their culinary skills, they’re discovering the fun and ease of flavoring their foods with fresh herbs, interesting combinations of spices and rubs, and quality sea salts.
Shipshewana is spicing things up a bit as the area grows in its offerings of these great products. A number of retailers carry any number of spices and seasonings, but a few are highlighted below:
S.a.l.t. sisters: Local gals Charmane Skillen and Brenda Troyer launched their business a few years back, offering a diverse line of pure, unrefined sea salts, along with naturally flavored c.a.n.e sugars, r.u.b.s, h.e.r.b.s, and gourmet vanilla kits. Their products, once featured on the Today Show by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, can be found in town at Yoder’s Meats and Along the Pumpkinvine. These ladies are extremely knowledgeable about the health benefits of pure, unrefined sea salts, and if you’re curious to learn more, visit their website.
Shipshewana Spice Company: Kevin Horn has been offering over 200 spices, seasonings, herbs and extracts for 30 years at the Shipshewana Flea Market. He is most famous for his Happy Salt blend, but one woman from Alaska who visits the town favors another kind, the Midwest Blend.** You can find Kevin and Company at the flea market at booth #715. Kevin also has an online order form.
D’Vine Gallery Garden and Gift: Located at 310 North Harrison Street, this store features a small greenhouse where the proprietors carry and sell fresh herbs. You can stroll through the gardens and greenhouse, or you can just sit and inhale the amazing scents. For a fun souvenir, you could take an herb “start” home to plant for year-round fresh flavor. This fun shop opens for the season during the first part of April.
D’Vine is also part of the Art & Earth Trail. Find more information on this fun cultural adventure.
Do you have a favorite seasoning, salt, or rub you enjoy cooking with? We’d love to know!
** Some text was taken from the book 101 Things to Do in Shipshewana. © 2010 by Melissa Troyer.
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