by Jodie Fitz
Fermented products are often part of a discussion regarding gut health. According to Harvard Health, the products that bring us these sought-after and beneficial probiotics result from natural processes containing natural probiotic cultures. In search of gut-friendly products that use these natural fermentation methods, we discovered several vendors you can visit to have more in-depth discussions about their products and their processes while discovering locally fermented goods.
Ballston Lake Apiaries
If you’re looking for a sweet wine, consider trying Ballston Lake Apiaries honey apple cyser. This recipe is based on the earliest fermented beverage! It’s popular in England and is excellent on ice or simply sip. This mead is made with champagne yeast, rendering it at nearly 13%. It’s mellow and aged for years and also comes incherry-infused flavors.
If you visit Junbucha at the farmers’ market, they have a variety of flavors for you to taste test. They toast their product as the champagne of kombucha, made with a base of green tea and honey. They will share the fermentation process and provide the beverage’s probiotic attributes that add healthy bacteria to the gut, contributing to a healthy biome and overall immunity.
Night Work Bread
At Night Work Bread, artisan bakers use a sourdough process to create baked goods. Weekly, they make ten different breads, bagels, cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls, brownies, focaccia bread, and other occasional specialty items. Their old-world fermentation process is tried and true, and their sourdough base helps to break down the lipids and carbohydrates our bodies cannot absorb.
If you visit Puckers Gourmet, they also have a variety of taste-testing options and a long list of deliciously popular fermented products, 12 in total. They boast the fact that their products contain prebiotics coupled with probiotics. You will find a wide assortment of items, including various pickle flavors, kimchi, sauerkraut, a fermented hummus-inspired dip, and other delicacies.
This week’s Recipe: Heavenly Eggs on Greens
Our 40+ vendors are always ready to chat about their products and processes regardless of what they grow and create. Visit the market for more fabulous discoveries. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from November through April at the Wilton Mall Food Court, accessible from the mall entrance across from BJs or the mall interior. Find us online at www.saratogafarmersmarket.org, where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.