On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, Daniel Liberson became a vinegar maker by way of preservation; a 200 acre estate in Delaplane, Virginia, once surveyed by George Washington himself, was site to a rampant herd of cattle trampling the banks of the Boiling Branch Stream. This tributary empties into the Potomac water supply, and was being polluted with the cows’ waste. Liberson’s family converted the land into a nature conservancy, protecting the flora and fauna whilst the Army Corps of Engineers began the largest stream restoration in Virginia’s history. Liberson, a long time restaurant cook, became a vinegar maker by way of noninterventionist foraging, founding Lindera Farms, with the natural produce that surrounded him. Now, aromatic bottles of acetic acid (vinegar), glow with perfumes of the seasons, their flavors meant to last all year round: Black Locust, Blackberry, Elderflower, Heirloom Pepper, Hickory, Honey, Paw-Paw, Persimmon, Ramp (which taste like “drunk nachos”) and more…

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