Albert Einstein once said, “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Here at Shrub Farm HQ, we really love bikes (being from Bellingham, after all!). So we’ve taken Einstein’s words to heart and are excited to announce that we’re moving forward and expanding our product line to include not just shrub but also Apple State Vinegar!
What is Apple State Vinegar, exactly? Well, it’s a raw organic apple cider vinegar that’s made from 100% organic, 100% delicious, 100% Washington State apples. We are the Apple State, after all. The Apple State we know and love is home to so much natural beauty - alpine giants like Mount Rainier and Mount Baker dominate our horizon, abundant fields are full of tomatoes and tulips alike, and beneath the sparkling sea lives a diverse array of fish and marine wildlife.
Let’s talk about that ocean for a second, since the health of both our human and wilderness communities are interwoven to the point of interdependence. In short, what happens to one happens to all. Perhaps that’s why last year people were so affected by the death of a baby Southern Resident killer whale; her death reminded us that even creatures we uphold as magnificent symbols of our state are not immune to the effects of overdevelopment, pollution, and climate change.
We felt that loss, too, and felt compelled to do something about it. So when the opportunity arose for us to launch a new product, we decided to give 6% of our net profits to organizations like The SeaDoc Society, SR3, and Puget Soundkeeper that support marine health. That 6% comes from Apple State Vinegar’s 6% acetic acid concentration, which makes it 20% stronger than other brands. Acetic acid is home to the Mother of Vinegar, a prebiotic-rich substance that is good for your digestive system and overall health. That means that Apple State Vinegar packs a seriously powerful punch of living culture that can be added to anything from a simple salad dressing to a fun and creative drink.
This recipe is for one such drink. The Sunrise Sparkler is a bubbly beverage that’s a perfect pick-me-up first thing in the morning or during that 3:00 pm slump. Pairing yuzu (a Japanese citrus that tastes like a combination of grapefruit and lime), sweet hydrating coconut water, and healthy Apple State Vinegar, the Sunrise Sparkler is energizing, bright, and delicious!