Fermentation 101 at the West Hurley Library

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On March 5th I taught a  workshop on Lacto Fermentation at the West Hurley Library. Thanks to everyone who came and got their hands messy, and left with a quart jar of homemade Kraut / Kim Chi / Salt brined veggies ~~

I have been pondering lately just how important it is to reconnect with our food, and our bodies, in this way. We are a culture that has largely lost the most basic kitchen arts. I sometimes encounter college students who have never chopped a cabbage, or don’t recognize a beet. Nourishing our families in this way, while also starting, even in small increments, to remove ourselves from the modern system of wasteful / low quality / long distance food production, shipping, and marketing, is a huge step in the right direction…

But ’nuff preaching. Heres some of my favorite photos from the March 5th workshop, which was filled to capacity with about 14 participants. All photos taken by the lovely Dawn Iler.

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and my personal favorite photo from the workshop…

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Our September Fermenterie Event, in photos, part 1

I have been so busy since this event that I haven’t gotten around to posting these yet, and these are just part 1… After the event I spent nearly a month traveling, and since getting back my free time has been soaking into the process of finding and buying a house for my business and for my life! Which seems to be finally happening. Anyway, here goes — for the next few months I will be catching up to the present.

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Our lovely postcard brochures… much thanks to Matt Stauble for his photography and design work

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Part of Breakfast with homemade bars by Doug Cullen

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My morning workshop, Broths and Infusions… making bone broth from roasted turkey necks and cleaned feet

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And a variety of infused oils and vinegars imparting their flavors and colors. Lavender pink in the top right

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And a hint of whats to come — Katie Grove, local artist, artisan and teacher, who attended and supported our event as a helper, with one of her baskets and the just-created place settings for the lunch

Next comes lunch —-