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Ferment the Garden Harvest Workshop

Learn How To
Make Fermented Foods Using the Ancient Art of Fermentation
with Farmstead Ferments
on Saturday, October 15, 2016

Farmstead Ferments is a small farm located in southern Albemarle County. We create live, raw and naturally-fermented foods and beverages like sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, and water kefir sodas featuring seasonal ingredients we either grow ourselves or source locally as much as possible.
We will be teaching a two-part workshop on Saturday, October 15 at our fermentation station in Scottsville, VA. We’ll learn how to craft fermented vegetables into krauts and pickles, do some sampling, and then learn how to brew refreshing sodas and beverages at home. Join us for one or both parts. We hope to see you!


Morning Session: Ferment the Garden Harvest
10:00 – 12:00 pm
Learn how easy it is to transform the garden harvest into nutritious and delicious fermented foods and beverages using the ancient technique of lacto-fermentation. We’ll start with discussing the history of fermented foods as well as the reasons why including them in your diet and lifestyle is one of the most important health decisions you can make. Then, participants will roll up their sleeves by creating their own unique sauerkrauts and pickles using a variety of vegetables, herbs and spices. Sampling of a wide array of sauerkrauts, kimchi, pickles, kombucha and water kefir sodas will also be included.

Brown Bag Lunch supplemented with our Kraut & Pickle Bar and Water Kefir Soda
Plus additional time to explore the quaint and walkable village of Scottsville
12:00 – 2:00 pm

Afternoon Session: Healthy Homestead Homebrews
2:00 – 4:00 pm
It’s easy to craft your own nutritious and delicious “sodas” at home using the ancient art of fermentation! Learn how to make a wide variety of healing and effervescent beverages including kombucha, water kefir soda, beet kvass, root beer, ginger beer and more using a wide variety of cultures. Sample fermented beverages and find out why consuming them is one of the most cost-effective and health-affective choices you can make!

WHAT TO BRING: Participants are to bring the following supplies:
Sharp knife for cutting vegetables
Cutting board
Two quart-sized mason jars with lids
Large mixing bowl

Advance registration is required so that we can adequately plan and provide supplies. Please email us at with WORKSHOP as the subject line and we will confirm your participation as well as provide payment details. We will offer Paypal, cash and check as payment options.

Dawn Story
Dawn Story is the creatrix of Farmstead Ferments artisanal, fermented foods and brews and New Moon Alchemy & Apothecary. She homesteads in southern Albemarle County, Virginia, alongside a diverse poultry flock, bee hives, three cats, and two dogs, where she gathers garden harvest and wild-foraged plants that inspire hand-crafted fermented foods, medicinal brews, and what’s for supper. She is humbled and blessed to do what she loves as a means to right livelihood, sustenance and community empowerment.
Brian Neitzel
Brian’s love of the outdoors was seeded by his rural Wisconsin upbringing wherein farming and preserving the harvest were a part of his family’s daily life. Today, Brian enjoys combining his farmstead wisdom with his food-artistry passion and inspires both the produce and the products being offered by Farmstead Ferments naturally-fermented foods and brews. He is the jack of all trades, helping with everything from production and distribution to brewing, building, planting, and harvesting.

Earlier Event: October 15
Nelson Farmers Market
Later Event: October 22
Culpeper Farmers Market