From cook Courtney Sonia- Aquatic vegetables often get overlooked here in Maine (and probably the rest of the states, I’m assuming). Unless sushi is on the menu, kelp is almost nowhere to be seen – and what a shame! It wasn’t until this past spring that I was introduced to the idea of eating seaweed outside of Japanese dishes. I read an article in the Maine Magazine about a company called Ocean Approved, located here in Maine, that is giving insight and inspiration on ways to make kelp a part of your daily life. Ocean Approved is a kelp farming company that sells frozen, prepared seaweed with an extremely mild flavor. Here at Chewonki we’ve had Ocean Approved kelp twice now, and it’s been a hit both times. We didn’t expect it to be so popular, especially among the students, but we were pleasantly surprised! The success with serving Ocean Approved kelp has got the Chewonki Kitchen thinking about ways we can incorporate this awesome aquatic vegetable into more menu items. The reason kelp is so exciting to us is because it’s nutritious, sustainable, and could easily be grown right here on Chewonki Neck! www.oceanapproved.com. The founder of Ocean Approved, Tollef Olson, also takes email and phone inquires about farming and harvesting kelp.