Maine Gravy sauces would not exist without Maine Gravy Sources: our local Maine farmers, food artisans, merchants and sea harvesters. Peppers don’t just happen. Garlic and ginger and turmeric don’t just happen. Miso doesn’t just happen. Vinegar doesn’t just happen. Spices don’t just happen. Kelp doesn’t just happen. OK, kelp does just happen, but I don’t want to jump into the cold Maine ocean to get it.
Plants need to be grown from the ground, miso and vinegar nurtured in fermentation vessels, spices sourced and imported from trustable organic suppliers, and kelp grown and harvested by sea farmers and harvesters. There are people in Maine who do these things. And they need to sell these things at decent prices to support their families. We want to be part of that. We want to make things in Maine, with Mainers. This may not scale like a big corporation or venture capital firm would want it to. We don’t care about scaling. We care about helping our neighbors, our communities, and our state be what they’re best at. And, we care about providing people with great sauces. Those two goals shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.
I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that buying a couple of bottles of hot sauce don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday we’ll understand that. But right now, buying a bottle or two of Maine Gravy does support a whole bunch of hardworking folk here in Maine. We appreciate your business.
Below are our suppliers. Nothing goes into our bottles that doesn’t come from these great people. We exist to support them just as much as we exist to bring you great sauces – Maine Gravy.
“A sauce is a sauce, of course, of course. But not all sauces are Maine Gravy with 100% Maine sourced ingredients.”
New England’s top Certified Organic Spice Merchant, located in Dresden, Maine. Christine provides organic spices such as the sichuan peppercorn and star anise that gives Maine Gravy Original Sauce , Midcoast Mayhem hot sauce, and Damariscotta Damnation hot sauce the mala tang that make them special.
Ayah, Poland Spring spring water is not a product you would call artisanal. But it is quality water from Maine aquifers. We use a bit of it in our Maine Gravy Original Sauce.
Slack Tide Maine is a woman owned and operated small batch sea salt company in southern Maine. Lauren, Cathy and Sarah make some of the most beautiful salt we have ever seen. Salt is critical to fermentation as well as flavor, and we use Slack Tide Sea Salt in all of our fermented hot sauces.
Distiller of “Farm to Flask” organic spirits, located in Newcastle, Maine. Topher and Matt provide us with their used whiskey barrels for us to barrel aged fermented pepper sauces. We hope to have these aged sauces available starting in the Fall of 2023.
Certified organic, small vegetable farm located in Bowdoinham in Midcoast Maine offering a diverse range of veggies, greens, herbs, berries, ginger and turmeric. Their fresh ginger and turmeric are key ingredients in all of our products. If you’ve never had fresh ginger and turmeric (straight from the ground before the papery skin forms), you’re missing out on something that makes our world special.
Pure Maine maple syrup from the sugarbush located at the Wood Farm in Newcastle, Maine. In our first year living in Maine we visited Jill and Justin Wood’s farm during Maine Maple Sunday and now we wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. SweetWoods farm syrup adds the sweetness to the tangy/salty/sweet/umami flavor of Maine Gravy Original Sauce.