Our Story

Farmstead Ferments Mercantile and Fermentaria are located in Scottsville, VA.  We grow, harvest, process, ferment, and preserve a wide variety of vegetables and herbs into tasty, nutrient dense nourishment that feeds the body, soul, and soil. Our sauerkrauts, kimchis, pickles, chutneys, salsas, kraut and pickle juices, and fermented beverages like water kefir soda, kombucha, and fermented coffee, are rich in vitamins and minerals, and also loaded with probiotics, enzymes, and electrolytes.     

Our flavors are inspired by the abundance of what is available seasonally and locally.  This dance with nature and our local terroir keeps us inspired to create an ever-changing array of small-batch products and flavors. We offer bulk herbs, herbal teas and body products featuring farm-grown herbs, as well as herbal products for hearth and ritual. We also offer brewing supplies for fermenting vegetables and beverages at home.     

Our farm, Free Bird Farm, is located about 8 miles away in Esmont, VA. Our stewardship of the land, vegetables, fruit trees, berries, herbs, flowers, bees, and poultry includes ecologically sound methods of soil regeneration, biodynamics, natural farming methods, and organic practices. These methods allow us to harness the naturally occurring waves of Mother Nature and the Universal Rhythms – going with the flow -- and, as such, our foods are blessed with a cosmic kiss.     

We grow or source locally over 90 percent of the ingredients used in our products during Virginia’s 9 month growing season each year. Buying vegetables, fruits and herbs directly from our local farming community supports them toward having viable farm-based livelihoods and lifts the community as a whole by protecting rural landscapes and natural environments.     

Farmstead Ferments is deeply grateful for the opportunity manifest our dream of a homestead-based right livelihood that benefits the highest good of ourselves, our community, our Earth, and the greater whole. We hope you enjoy these foods as much as we do making them. 

Peace, Love, And Farmentation!

-The Farmstead Ferments Team