Farms: The New Disneyland

September 26, 2012 | By | Comments (1)
Jonathan De LaRosa, saurkraut maker, of the Fermenters Club

Members of the Fermenters Club helped co-produce the festival. (Photograph by Coral Von Zumwalt)

We love our farmers. Here, they kinda out-rock star real rock stars (we’re looking at you, Novella Carpenter). They bring us local produce that’s fresh and pesticide-free, they make our cities greener, and they celebrate things like bacteria. Case in point: The recent Fermentation Festival at Tara Firma Farms in Petaluma, CA. Yep, there were pickles. But also kefir, fresh sauerkraut, biodynamic wines, kombucha served on tap from a van, and we even got to see what blue cheese looks like under a microscope (it was enough to make me consider a life without blue cheese). There were workshops plus a keynote by fermentation fetishist Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation.

Even more interesting is the story of the farm. Tara and her husband Craig bought it after being inspired from reading Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The farm is open to anyone curious about modern agriculture.

What’s the next event at Tara Firma Farms? A Vikings twist on Halloween: Pumpkins on Pikes. This isn’t just pumpkin picking, but carving then hoisting the “head” on a pike. At dusk, they’re lit up. Artisanal sausage will be served. Farms got it going on these days.

Revive kombucha at the Farm to Fermentation festival

The Revive kombucha truck.

A farmer's cooler at Tara Firma Farms Fermentation Festival

How farmers chill beverages.

The tent at Tara Firma Farm's Fermentation Festival

Music provided by The Freys (who also make biodynamic wine).

A solar powered creamery at Tara Firma Farm's Fermentation Festival

Cheesemaking, powered by the sun.


Piglets at Tara Firma Farms

Piglets. Yes, some of them will probably become bacon some day.

Farm Tours at Tara Firma Farms

Free farm tours are held each weekend.


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