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Having Herbal Fun with Fermentation!

DIY Herbal Fermentation Projects


What do cheese, beer, sauerkraut, bread, and yogurt have in common? They all undergo the magical, metabolic process of fermentation of course! This ancient method of preserving food converts sugars to acids, gasses, and/or alcohol. In the most basic of ways, fermentation breaks down foods into the most digestible form and encourages the growth of good bacteria. And if done well, they taste fantastic!


Fun With Fermentation


Earlier this month we attended the 6th Annual Fun with Fermentation festival, put on by the non-profit organization, Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance (WVSFA). More than 650 fermentation enthusiasts attended the fundraiser to learn about the health benefits of fermented foods and sample food and drink supplied by local businesses.

Sharing information and introducing people to fermented goodies in our community warms the heart. We spent the day chatting with folks about ingredients often used in these projects like our organic hops, organic pickling spice blend, epicurean culinary salts, and handing out samples of our organic Classic Chai tea. Our gift basket for the raffle was a smashing hit too!


Fun With Fermentation


Throughout the day folks heard from presenters holding demonstrations about bread starters, miso, mulled ale, and how to rewild your gut! Personally, I love the focus on education at this volunteer-run event. And I feel so lucky to live in a community surrounded by passionate farmers, inspiring food businesses, and health-conscious foodies.

Mountain Rose Herbs is a long-time member of the WVSFA, a regional trade association comprised of companies that promote natural food businesses through relationships, education and sustainable practices.

Learn more about Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance!


DIY Herbal Fermentation Projects!

DIY Herbal Fermentation Projects


Fermented Herbal Sodas

Kraut and Kimchi


Spiced Mead

Herbal Beers

Ginger Brew


Topics: Inside Mountain Rose Herbs


Written by Alyssa on January 23, 2015

Alyssa Bascue, Director of Sustainability, is a trusted professional in her field with a passion for employee engagement and reducing environmental impacts of business operations, including emissions, energy, waste, and water. Growing up in an income-sharing, egalitarian community in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, she’s a farm girl at heart. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Sociology, which helps to support Mountain Rose Herbs' mission of supporting organic agriculture and embodying socially conscious business practices. Alyssa completed a nine-week Master Recycler training and is well-known in town as an Employee Transportation Coordinator. She currently volunteers with Friends of Trees, Provender Alliance, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and the Willamette Valley Sustainable Foods Alliance. And she is an active member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, cooking spicy foods, hiking and camping with her husband and brindle pup.

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