The time has come for.... Spring Tonic Kraut !!!

Spring is in full swing here in the Piedmont region of Virginia. Here at the Farmstead Ferments' headquarters, we always know when spring hits once all the ingredients for the Spring Tonic Kraut are ready for harvest.

All of the wild-foraged ingredients for the Spring Tonic Kraut...from left clockwise: Stinging Nettles, Dandelion flowers, chickweed, spring onion, violet leaf & flower, red buds

All of the wild-foraged ingredients for the Spring Tonic Kraut...from left clockwise: Stinging Nettles, Dandelion flowers, chickweed, spring onion, violet leaf & flower, red buds

Our Spring Tonic Kraut is an incredible blend of last fall's Shenandoah Valley grown green cabbage and wild-foraged ingredients: red bud blossoms, stinging nettles, violet leaf & flower, chickweed, dandelion flowers & spring onion.

Stinging Nettles, Urtica Dioica - after being harvested 

Stinging Nettles, Urtica Dioica - after being harvested 

We call this kraut the Spring Tonic Kraut because it's filled with wild herbs that come up early in spring and are known for their healing & medicinal qualities. These plants are considered weeds to most gardeners but we love them for their high levels of minerals, nutrients and amino acids. They are also highly nourishing and detoxifying. Not to mention beautiful and delicious.

Wild Violets in the garden before being harvested

Wild Violets in the garden before being harvested

We've been foraging for the ingredients for this kraut for the past couple days - always being sure to thank the plants for their incredible gifts. It's been such a treat to be outside.

This special, limited edition kraut will be available in stores in Early May. Keep your eyes peeled for it on the shelves of your local market! Happy Spring everyone, enjoy the bounty and get out there and eat some wild foods!