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Beagle Bay Organics started with two heads of cabbage, a little sea salt, two Beagles, and a ceramic crock.


In 2004 we embarked on a new direction in our lives.  We quit some less than healthy habits and began the journey of searching out and eating traditional foods.  One of the additions to our diet was sauerkraut.  We bought it through a local farmer and began eating a bite or two every day.  Why? Because we learned about the incredible health benefits of sauerkraut. Eating lacto-fermented foods every day strengthens the immune system and improves digestion.  Within a few weeks, we realized that kraut had become a part of our every day life. Eventually, we decided to try our hand at making our own kraut the old fashioned way.


We bought a ceramic crock, cabbage, and sea salt and we were off and running (the Beagles are an optional part of the process - they just love the kraut!)  And what we discovered was that we were really good at it!  Soon, our farmer asked to buy our kraut to sell to his customers so we started making bigger batches.  Next we experimented with different flavors.   Eventually, we moved into a commercial kitchen and the Beagles stayed home.   But our roots in small homemade batches still continue to inspire us to make the tastiest and healthiest kraut possible.