In an effort to combat a life-long struggle with indigestion and heartburn, Sascha Archer turned to drinking vinegars, but found the flavor and acidity hard to stomach. That’s when she started experimenting with fruits, spices, and herbs from her garden mixed with apple cider vinegar. The smoother taste made it easy for Sascha to get her daily dose of probiotics, clearing up years of digestive discomfort, and helping her lose 80 pounds.
It wasn’t long before Sascha established a business model that would allow her to share her highly palatable apple cider drinking vinegars (Sauvie Shrubs) while also supporting local farms on Sauvie Island where she lives. Using ingredients such as whole fruits, herbs and botanicals, primarily grown and foraged on the island, Sauvie Shrubs crafts incredibly versatile drinking vinegars that taste great on their own or mixed with sparkling water, juice, hot ciders or cocktails.
“Sauvie Island is the largest farming community in Multnomah County, and I think it’s worth supporting the local farmers in the community,” Sascha says.
As a company that is passionate about the environment, Sauvie Shrubs is committed to zero-waste. Any bi-product from Shrubs goes to making salts, jam, or fruit leather. Whatever cannot be used to make food products is composted or fed to livestock on the island. They also have a bottle return program —in partnership with Bold Reuse — to bring waste down to zero.