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Walk into a butcher shop in New York City, and there it is sitting on one of the shelves – salt produced by a company right here in Advantage Valley. J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is the product of Nancy Bruns and Lewis Payne, a brother and sister duo who revived their family’s 200-year-old trade of harvesting salt from the ancient Iapetus Ocean trapped underneath the mountains of Appalachia.

What makes this salt such a hot commodity? Once it is gleaned from the earth from an underground aquifer, it is processed naturally using the sun and mountain breezes – in other words, this salt is the purest of pure, and people from all over can’t get enough.

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