I’m Helen, founder of the Isle of Man Salt Co. I make hand-harvested sea salt from the pristine waters of the marine nature reserves surrounding our beautiful Island.
In 2021 I did a soft launch at the Food and Drink Festival, after a few years of research and development trialing various methods of production.
We moved to the Isle of Man 6 years ago and I started making sea salt as a hobby after seeing the salt crystals drying in rock pools opposite our house in Port St Mary.
Following the overwhelming demand at the Food and Drink Festival last year it was clear that there was a very high demand for my products both on and off the Island. However, I was really keen to move away from the traditional heating methods I was using for production due to soaring energy costs and the desire to find a more eco solution. I decided to completely switch my method to a 100% sustainable process using solar energy. It's been a huge learning curve but I’m pleased to say that a trial production is now under way!
I’m based in Port St Mary; without the help from friends, family and neighbours I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today.
The Food and Drink Festival was such a bench mark for me last year - I couldn’t believe it when we won the award for the best stand! Having been a visitor to the show for a few years, I was so proud to finally become an exhibitor and I’m really looking forward to returning with a fully sustainable product this year.
I love seeing the guys from Red Mie Farm - looking forward to collaborating with them in the future on some chilli salt blends. And of course Noa and Ross Bakery, I wouldn’t have got through the day last year without a steady supply of coffee and pastel de nata!
Increasing production in order to supply the demand is the top of our agenda.
I made a small run of Rosemary sea salt last year which proved to be a huge hit and sold out immediately - will be sure to make more this year!