Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fermentation But Were Too Afraid To Ask

We have a fabulous Fermentation workshop coming up at the market with the wonderful Terri Ann of River Run Homestead. Terri is a food fermentation expert. When it comes kraut, kombuchas, pickles, sourdoughs and more, she is fearless and fun! And on Saturday, March 30th between 10am-13pm you will have a chance to learn the basics, get hands-on practical, learn why it is safe plus all its health benefits.  Booking info at end of post.


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There is something really special about including botanicals in fermented drinks. fruit + flower. We may have started our fermentation journey for the added health benefits, but now we make these foods to feed our sheer addiction to their compelling flavors. #waterkefir #mead #cider #kombucha #fermentedsoda #homemade #dublinworkshops #fermentedfoods #feedyourgut #zerowaste #minimalwaste #foodinjars #foodforpeople #beautyisallaroundus #ferment #guthealth #microbiota #comeling #foodinjars #probiotic #organicfood #fermentationaddict Come get hooked on the arts of fermentation at our hands on workshop: Kombucha & Kraut @supernaturalfoodmarket Saturday March 30th. €75 all materials and ingredients included

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Gut-Brain Connection

Dr. Michael D. Gershon, the author of “The Second Brain” and chairman of the department of anatomy and cell biology at Columbia was the first person to coin the phrase about how our gut is our second brain or maybe even our first. Since then, years of studies prove there is a direct link between both gut and brain. As a result, rather than the brain affecting gut functioning, it seems now our gut functions affect our brains. The gut controls moods and can contribute to glowing good health or manifest as issues including obesity, IBS or depression.

The digestive system

Our digestive system is made up of our enteric digestive system (ENS) The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum. Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, whose research on it has garnered international attention, says “The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.”

The bacteria- probiotic connection

Living in our digestive system is also our gut microbiome. That is the100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Harvard medical and health research has found, eating good ‘live’ bacteria strengthens the microbiome. When strengthened, it improves digestion, boosts immunity and promotes a range of health benefits physical and psychological. 

At The Workshop

All the ingredients will be organic, fairtrade and or wild. Terri Ann lives on a beautiful organic farm in Co Wicklow where she practices what she preaches. Tea, coffee and array of delicious organic vegetarian snacks will be provided including fermented food and drinks to sample. Also provided on the day will be the following: 

  • 2 large Kilner swing top jars
  • Take home organic kraut & kombucha 
  • An organic SCOBY of your very own 
  • A detailed info pack with processes & recipes covered in workshop
  • How to brew kombucha & make kraut at home
  • Which supplies & ingredients you need
  • Why it is safe & what the health benefits are

To book contact Terri Ann Fox on fox.river.run.homestead@gmail.com or phone 083 0408057 or message her through Instagram @river_run_ferments tickets €75 Limited places!


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Hands-On Fermentation Workshop: Kombucha & Kraut Saturday March 30th 10-1 pm @supernaturalfoodmarket Learn the basics of fermentation in this 3 hour workshop! €75 Price includes: • Tea, coffee, organic vegetarian snacks including fresh homemade sourdough bread, Irish cheeses and an array of fermented food and drinks to sample. • 2 large Kilner swing top jars as your fermentation vessels • About 800ml of organic kraut and 2 liters of organic kombucha • An organic SCOBY of your very own • A detailed information packet outlining the the processes and recipes covered in the workshop What you’ll learn: • How to brew kombucha and make kraut at home •Why fermentation is safe • Some of the health benefits associated with fermented foods • Which supplies and ingredients you need Note: All ingredients provided are organic/fair trade or wild. For booking information: Contact Terri Ann Fox, fox.river.run.homestead@gmail.com, 083-040-8057 insta:@riverrunhomestead #fermentireland #fermentationworkshop #fermentedeverything #dublinworkshop #dublinfood #irishfood #localfoodsystems #supportyourfarmers #organic #guthealth #microbiota #traditionalfoods #kraut #kombucha #eatfoodmostlyplants

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