Longtime Outer Banks, North Carolina resident Mark Welch started Barrier Island Organics on a shared belief that health and well being was tied directly to the food we put in our bodies.
Mark’s story goes like this. Having been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation since age 28 he was unable to take any over the counter decongestants due to the A-fib. Everyone knows the toll antibiotic overuse takes on the body and he felt that something had to change.
He researched an alternative, and found a recipe for something similar to our root cider, and started making it right away. The results were amazing. He went from 5-6 antibiotics yearly to one in the last five years.
He started making small batches and giving it away to friends who were fighting colds or infections and pretty soon people were requesting bottles of this cider all the time.
We refined the recipe, obtained FDA approval, and started making it locally. The response to the product was overwhelming, and after only 2 small batches we could not keep up with demand.
Our cider is now manufactured at the Organic Food Incubator in Bloomfield, New Jersey