South River Miso
Company is a small company located in Conway, Massachusetts
. They make miso
by hand in small batches, and sell it over the net and in some grocery stores in the Boston
area. From their website you can order about ten different varieties of miso
and some other things (tamari
, dried mulberries
). There are a couple of varieties made from chickpea
s instead of soy
. Because they follow the traditional annual cycle of miso
making, you can only order miso
from September to June each year.
I have only had their 3-Year Barley miso, but it is wonderful. The miso I had had before was always completely homogeneous, like toothpaste. This is full of barley, bean fragments and other yummy stuff, and tastes rich, beany and salty without being overpowering at all. I am nothing like a connoisseur of miso or any other food, but a bowl of soup made from this stuff makes me really happy. It improves my entire day, and that's enough of a recommendation for me.
More information, including pictures of their workshop, can be found at www.southrivermiso.com. I have no connection to this company other than as a customer.