One of Thrive & Dine's favorite farms is The Fermentation Farm. This might be the funniest sounding farm you’ve ever heard of, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this gem of a healthy food find. I’m a little hesitant to even share this review with you because that means “The Farm” might be even more crowded when I stop by to load up on fermented foods. But it’s honestly too good not to share.
Let me back up for a moment and talk about fermented foods before I go any further. Fermented foods are naturally full of probiotics and when we consume probiotic foods, it’s good for our gut, and ultimately, our health. You have probably heard of some fermented foods: sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, traditional yogurts, and miso, to name a few. Fermented foods are also called traditional foods because they have been around for centuries and are found in a myriad of cultures (think Roman, Indian, Russian, Asian). The process in which foods are fermented has a lot to do with their health benefit and probiotic balance.
Dr. Yasmine Mason created Fermentation Farm in 2014 with the vision of building a strong community of people who share a passion for handcrafted, traditional foods and drinks. Our nourishing products are made with only the best fresh ingredients. Local. Organic. Densely nutritious. Always.
While it is possible to make your own fermented foods, it is also possible to have someone make them for you and this is where a visit to The Fermentation Farm is worth a stop. They have handcrafted, fermented foods and drinks from local and organic sources. Once you get there, start at the kombucha bar where you can sample the flavors of the day before choosing which to buy. They offer 15 kombucha flavors (some are seasonal). If fermented veggies are your thing, they have several to choose from (how does garlic sauerkraut sound? How about a fermented chimichurri?). The “Farm” has made-from-scratch bone broth, both to take home and use later or to simply have a cupful while you are there. If you are a yogurt lover then you don’t want to miss their “zingy coconut yogurt”. They also sell viili, a live, active mother culture for making zingy yogurt at home. It’s easier than you think and the end result is absolutely delicious!
The Fermentation Farm also sells a few other kitchen staples, from eggs and bone broth to sprouted flours and nuts. You can buy sourdough culture that fed with organic sprouted wheat flour to make your own sourdough bread at home and if you want to make your own kombucha at home, the Fermentation Farm offers SCOBY for purchase. This is a membership-based shop and $5 buys you a monthly membership or $25, a lifetime membership.
And as I was saying earlier, it is possible to make your own fermented foods and the Fermentation Farm can help you with that. Each month they offer classes on how to make your own kombucha, zingy yogurt, bone broth or fermented vegetables and most include a take home sample. Check out their class calendar for more details.
If you don’t already incorporate fermented foods into your eating, we hope you’ll give them a try. The Fermentation Farm is a great place to start. And if you already benefit from fermented foods as a part of your regular routine, we hope that you’ll add the Fermentation Farm as a resource for some of the best quality, flavor-filled fermented foods for you and your family.