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Wild Mother Provisions is a feminist food company – based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – specializing in artisanal vinegar and heritage baking.
Mothers, wild or not, have always been associated with the beginnings of life and the preparation of food. That’s why we focus on traditional foods that have sustained people for centuries (and were probably made by someone’s mother).
Newfoundland Beer Vinegar
NBV is a hand-crafted artisanal beer vinegar originating from a wild mother collected from natural airborne yeasts. Our wild mother was “fed” with stout beer to create a deeply malty vinegar with strong caramel and floral notes. Use in any recipe that calls for vinegar (marinades, salad dressings, stir fries etc) or just sprinkle on greens and fish and chips. Inspired by a medieval practice of repurposing waste beer into alegar (sour beer).
NBV Founder’s Reserve: Blueberry
We use only the finest juicy ripe hand-picked wild blueberries in our Founders’ Reserve. The sweet tang and dark purple colour of this antioxidant wonder food infused with our beer vinegar create a singular product. We think it is a true representation of the wild Newfoundland landscape and terroir. Perfect in salads, steamed vegetables, soups or sauces. Or add to a cocktail or as an ice cream topping. Unfilterered so give it a good shake before using.
A staple in Newfoundland, wild blueberries are often associated with sweet things – jams, pies, and baked goods. Our hand-picked blueberry relish has the perfect blend of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy. Try it as a sandwich spread, on a charcuteries platter, with wild game, or on a burger.
Janet Harron is the creator of Wild Mother Provisions. She is a communications professional, artisan baker, proud mother, patient wife, compulsive reader and friend to many.
Liam McKenna is the brewmaster and technical director of Wild Mother Provisions. He has worked for more than 25 years as a professional brewmaster and beverage consultant in North America and Europe.
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