April 6th, 2020

The South River. Photo by Anni Elwell Hanna

Spring Greetings from South River Miso

We are wishing you good health, calm, and strength during this unprecedented global health crisis. Nourishing your body, mind and spirit is especially paramount at this time.

It’s a good time to use South River Miso regularly as part of your healthy, immune boosting diet. Miso has a centuries-old history as an important source of easily assimilated vegetable protein, digestive enzymes, and naturally occurring probiotics. Also, its rich savory flavor awakens the appetite and enlivens any meal.

South River Miso is always certified organic and the grains and beans are cooked by wood fire. The handmade miso is aged in wood, then packed and shipped by a small dedicated team of caring people. There are many ways to add miso to your meals – in soups, salad dressing, marinades, dips and more. Try some of our tasty recipes!

We currently have a wonderful new batch of Barley Miso that has been fermenting in its wooden vat since May 2016. This is a rare, older vintage that has aged for four years instead of the usual three. It is dark and deep - full of miso medicine strength.

Order your summer supply now because we do not ship our unpasteurized miso without refrigeration in the warmer months. See shipping deadlines below. Order online at southrivermiso.com.

Order by April 25th for UPS ground shipping to southern and western states (including TN, NC, all states south of these, and to all states west of the Mississippi River.)

Order by May 25th for all other states and for UPS 2nd Day Air shipments to any location.

Our regular shipping season will resume mid September, 2020.

Friends gather for a meditation around our rice paddy. Photo by Gaella Elwell

Morning Miso Immune Booster

Here’s a recipe poem for making your own miso medicine, a morning routine for challenging times, from our co-founder Christian Elwell.

Every morning
I mix some freshly grated ginger,
a fresh-pressed clove of garlic,
half a teaspoon of spirulina,
and a heaping teaspoon of two varieties of miso, one light, one dark,
all together into a glossy green paste
in my favorite zen bowl.
I then add water soon after it has come to a boil
and simply stir. Voila!
Instant immune-strengthening, fortifying broth,
fire-building, cold-quelling,
appetite awakening, blood-building,
spring-cleaning, life-giving,
probiotic plant medicine.
Good to go!

Life is short, and Life is long. It is good to be at home where the heart is.

Take care of each other, and be well!

(You can adjust this basic recipe or amend it with other ingredients as needed.)

Avocado Apple Salad & Miso Honey Dressing

As Spring lifts our spirits with tender green shoots coming from the dark soil, we enjoy many colorful, fresher, lighter foods. Celebrate the fresh awakening of the new season with this lively green salad tossed with Miso Honey Dressing.

Dressing Ingredients:

¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp raw red onion, chopped (optional)
¼ cup parsley, chopped
2 tsp honey
2 tbsp Sweet Tasting Brown Rice, Sweet White, or any of our One Year Miso varieties
⅔ cup sesame or light vegetable oil
1-2 tbsp water (as needed)


1. In a blender add all ingredients in the order given above-except the oil. Blend until smooth.

2. Next, add the oil in a slow, steady stream with the blender on low to medium speed. Add water if a thinner dressing is desired.

This dressing is also delicious on pasta, grain dishes or cooked vegetables.

Salad Ingredients:

Serves three or four

5-6 cups of mixed spring salad greens
½ green apple, cut in thin slices
1 avocado cut into bite size pieces
2 tbsp dried cranberries
2 tbsp pitted Kalamata olives
2-3 tbsp crumbled Feta cheese or vegan cheese


Toss all ingredients. Add Miso Honey Dressing and lightly toss. Yum!

Recipe Video

Love Letters

Over the years we've been delighted and inspired by your wonderful love letters. Here's one we'd like to share!

A beautiful monarch butterfly lands on a comfrey plant in our backyard. Photo by Anni Elwell Hanna

"I just wanted to write to thank you for the miso and other products that you make. I got diagnosed with a serious health problem this year. For this reason, I have had to take months of medications that have some gastrointestinal side effects. From our travel in Japan, my husband and I were familiar with naturally fermented miso. We were so happy to find your product in Massachusetts. Each day, I have multiple servings of your naturally fermented products and it has really helped me tolerate my medications…"

- Kathy, Brookline, Massachusetts

Visit Our Website

Enjoy our pictures, slide shows and videos by exploring the links below.


- Shop at our online store
- Try more of our great recipes
- Watch videos of rice growing at South River.
- View a slide show of the miso making process
- Watch a Cooking Channel video about South River Miso
- See a slide show of our location at South River Farm
- Read "Love Letters" from our customers

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Be in touch!
South River Miso Company
888 Shelburne Falls Road
Conway, MA 01341
PH: 413.369.4057
FX: 413.369.4299

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