Want to enjoy the yummy tang and probiotic benefits of making your own cultured dairy products at home?
Learn several simple techniques to have a continuous supply of healthy, tasty fermented dairy at home for just a portion of the cost of their store-bought versions!
Join Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm for this two-hour hands-on fermentation workshop — great for beginners looking for an introduction to fermentation or experienced fermenters looking to learn new methods! We’ll learn everything you need to know about milk kefir, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and cultured butter. Enjoy samples of each of the products we learn about and take home your very own milk kefir starter grains in a fermentation vessel to get you started fermenting at home. As we taste and try our hand at fermentation on this farm in the city, we’ll also learn more about the history and traditions around dairy in our local Raleigh community.
Skills you’ll learn:
- The basics of fermentation, including how the process works, potential benefits, choosing a fermentation vessel, choosing ingredients, and creating the ideal environment for your ferment.
- Everything you need to know to start fermenting simple cultured dairy products at home, including milk kefir, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and cultured butter.
What you’ll take away:
- New knowledge and hands-on skills to ferment your own dairy at home.
- Recipes and instruction sheets to get you started on your fermentation journey.
- Lots of fermented dairy samples from class will go with you in your belly!
- Your very own fermentation vessel with milk kefir starter grains to grow your own milk kefir at home.
This workshop is the second in a monthly series of Piedmont Picnic workshops at Raleigh City Farm this spring designed to each teach an important skill for producing and preserving your own food!
About the instructors:
We believe you’ll enjoy your food more if you know the story behind it! Here’s how we’ll each help you do that.
Elizabeth Weichel has a background in public history and specializes in local history. She’ll help us to remember the ways that everything old is new again – growing, preserving, and fermenting your own food might be trendy now, but it’s nothing new! Learn how it all fits into the larger story of our local history.
Amanda Matson has carved out her own little urban homestead right here in Raleigh – growing, foraging, and preserving her own food all on a small lot in the city and working toward total fruit and veggie independence. She’ll teach you all of the hands-on skills you need to have your own little homestead – whether it’s the size of a single container garden or an entire yard!
Note: This workshop takes place outdoors at the beautiful Raleigh City Farm – a working farm right in downtown Raleigh! Please dress comfortably for the weather.