Sage & Sea Farms creates historically delicious shrubs! But what's a shrub, I hear you ask! What do I do with it?
A shrub is a Colonial drink, made from a simple syrup of fruit, sugar, and vinegar. You can use it just like a regular vinegar, as a salad dressing or dessert drizzle, or a dip or marinade, but historically shrubs were a mixer - used in non-alcoholic beverages (water, tea, etc) as a tonic, or in spirits as a lovely cocktail mixer (think bitters, only fruitier).
Deb Counts-Tabor, the maker at Sage & Sea, says she's been making shrub since she was a young girl, taught by her Great-Aunt Lette and Great-Uncle Steve, who had a classic raspberry shrub on hand always in the summertime. I’ve adjusted their recipe a bit, of course – Steve’s original is notoriously short on the measurements the Department of Ag kind of likes us to have, and letting the shrub sit for two weeks isn’t practical – but they gave their seal of approval on the final product and we're excited to see it becoming a popular item! Sage & Sea follows their tradition of seasonal and local fruit, using only the best from small farms in Oregon and Southwest Washington (and California and Florida, for the citrus).
Want to try shrub yourself? Join us this Thursday evening, July 2nd, when we will be participating in the First Thursday Gallery Walk. From 5-8 expect shrub tastings, as well as tea tasting by Marianne from Gifts From Earth. An assortment of wine, cheese and other tasty morsels will also be available as you enjoy some beautiful locally made art!