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FARMcurious Brings Home Fermenting to The Masses with Kickstarter Project

FARMcurious Brings Home Fermenting to The Masses with Kickstarter Project Oakland-based food startup simplifies the fermentation process for urban homesteaders Oakland, CA – April 16, 2014 — FARMcurious, an Oakland-based company, announced today the launch of a Kickstarter project bringing home fermenting to a larger market through innovative design and delicious new recipe collections. The project, running from April 18 – June 18, features a fermenting set designed to simplify the process of home fermentation, making it accessible to more people by reducing the likelihood of mold and contamination. “With new research into probiotics and the importance of a robust… more

April 16th, 2014 | No Comments | Tags: , , ,

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Green Baby Life Hack

Sometimes it seems like parenting in today’s world is so much more complicated than it was for our parents. Breast or formula? How do I choose a pump? What type of bottle? Is BPA-free enough or do I need to be plastic free? What is silicone anyway? My mom didn’t worry about any of this craziness. She mostly breastfed me and when she needed bottles, there were a few of them in the family and she used them. When our son was born, we went out of our way to use all glass bottles, with varying degrees of success among… more

January 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Thankful Thursday Giveaway Week 3

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Sofia from right here in the Bay Area. She won this signed copy of Can It, Bottle It, Smoke It by Bay Area food maven Karen Solomon from the FARMcurious store! You still have three more weeks to win so remember to re-enter every week by adding at least four more products to your Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter Account. About the weekly Giveaway: Each Thursday from November 21st to December 19th, we’re giving away a product of your choosing as an expression of our gratitude. If you’re wondering what we have to be thankful for, you can… more

November 27th, 2013 | 12 Comments

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Thankful Thursday Giveaway Week 2

Congratulations to last week’s winner, Jennifer Stephens from Bloomington, IL. She won this stunning fermenting crock from the FARMcurious store! Don’t despair if you didn’t win – you still have four more weeks to enter and as many opportunities to win what you pine after. About the weekly Giveaway: Each Thursday from November 21st to December 19th, we’re going to give away a product of your choosing as an expression of our gratitude. If you’re wondering what we have to be thankful for, you can read more here. You have until 5pm on Wed, Nov 27th to enter this week’s giveaway… more

November 20th, 2013 | 28 Comments

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Thankful Thursday Week 1

UPDATE: Congratulations to this week’s winner, Jennifer Stephens from Bloomington, IL. She won this stunning fermenting crock from the FARMcurious store! Don’t despair if you didn’t win – you still have four more weeks to enter and as many opportunities to win what you pine after. Visit the current giveaway page here to enter. It’s impossible to miss all the people who are participating in Thankful November posting on Facebook. Every day, I see a new list of reasons many of my friends are grateful – their children, their family, their job, technology, etc. I like the sentiment and it got me thinking… more

November 8th, 2013 | 18 Comments

Cheesemaking – what to do with all that whey?

You’ve conquered your demons and made cheese- good for you!!  (If you haven’t yet made cheese, join one of our classes in SF & Oakland or check out our home cheesemaking kits – you won’t regret it).  Now you find yourself with a pound of delicious homemade cheese and three quarts of whey!  What to do with all that protein-rich goodness? First, some things to know about whey: Whey is milk with the fats and solids pulled out (the solids are now in your cheese).  It’s primarily water but also contains lactose (milk sugar) which is water soluble and ends… more

June 11th, 2013 | 49 Comments | Tags:

Using your ReCAP Fermenting Set

Thanks for purchasing a FARMcurious Fermenting Set!  These instructions will help guide you through using and enjoying your set. 1) Wash the ReCAP lid in warm, soapy water and rinse well. 2) Open the flip-top lid on the ReCAP and insert the rubber stopper into the hole. Insert the narrow end of the airlock into the top of the stopper. 3) Remove the airlock lid to fill the airlock to the etched line with water and replace the lid. 4) Wash with warm, soapy water any canning jar with the size opening that matches your ReCAP lid (regular or wide… more

June 2nd, 2013 | 11 Comments | Tags:

Finding the Perfect Chicken

By Nicole Easterday and Lisa Gasink The most exciting thing about planning to keep chickens has to be selecting the breeds you will keep.  There are so many varieties to choose from: great egg layers, fryers, adorable little puffy things with fuzzy legs and giant majestic creatures.  We examine some of the choices with the pros and cons and include resources for SF Bay Area as well as some online options for those of you who live elsewhere. Article TLTR?  We understand – you’ve got seedlings to water – skip straight to our awesome FARMcurious Breed Selector Chart. We can’t tell… more

April 13th, 2013 | 8 Comments

The Chicken Coop – a tour of the necessities plus some inspiration

Spring chicks are in but have you considered where your ladies will live once they’re fully feathered?  We explore the essential elements of a chicken coop and run and explain why each is necessary and then we show some inspirational examples of beautiful coops that others have made.   Please join FARMcurious in welcoming Lisa Gasink, our fabulous new intern and this week’s guest blogger.  This post is all about building a coop but you can follow Lisa as she goes through all the steps to owning chickens – from research, to building a coop from recycled wood, to finding… more

March 27th, 2013 | 9 Comments

FARMcurious is growing!

We’re a very small, family-run business and since conception we’ve always functioned in a bare bones capacity here at FARMcurious.  We’ve depended quite heavily on the generosity of volunteers and close friends to help us with our day-to-day tasks.  However, we’ve reached a point where we’re growing a bit bigger than our britches! While we’re not quite ready to hire paid help (someday!), we are ready to take on an official intern.  We’re thrilled to enter into this new phase of growth and we hope you’ll help us spread the word to find a good fit.  The description is posted… more

January 29th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Brew your own fish emulsion fertilizer

Did you know you can make your own fish emulsion fertilizer instead of buying it in the store?  Fish emulsion is an essential product for the organic and natural home gardener for years, proving its effectiveness in feeding the soil and plants with biologically available nutrients while increasing soil and microbe health. This week we’d like to extend a special welcome to guest blogger Stephen Scott, co-owner of Terroir Seeds, a family owned and operated heirloom seed company that focuses on the “Cycle of Terroir”- from the soil, to the seed, to the food you eat, providing heirloom seeds, education… more

October 2nd, 2012 | 8 Comments

Volunteers Needed for Eat Real Fest

Many of our followers have expressed interest in volunteering at our events – and for that we’re incredibly grateful!  We do several large events every year and it takes a lot of hands to pull it off. One of our busiest events of the year is coming up – Eat Real Fest in Oakland – and we’ll need a good number of dedicated volunteers so if you’re interested in volunteering read the details below then shoot us an email to be added to our volunteer list.   Dates and Times: Thursday, Sept 20 – 5-9:30pm is set-up day.  We’ll set up in… more

September 5th, 2012 | No Comments

How To Turn A Mason Jar Into A Fermenting Crock

Welcome to our guest blogger Erica Strauss who joins us from her blog NW Edible Life, one of our favorite urban gardening/simple living blogs.  I’ve admired Erica’s writing and work from afar but when I saw her post on using reCAP to make a DIY fermenting crock from a simple mason jar, I knew I not only needed to carry reCAP in the store, but I also needed Erica to share her post with the FARMcurious crowd!  We’re happy to host her clever fermenting crock article here: You can spend a lot of money on specialized pickling crocks. Go ahead, be my… more

August 14th, 2012 | 7 Comments

Small garden tips and a book giveaway

My very favorite Bay Area gardening book is Golden Gate Gardening, a work of genius written by Pam Peirce.  I love the book so much that when I speak to serious SF Bay Area gardeners and find that they don’t own it I’m shocked.  I reference it anytime I plant something new and frequently before harvesting a new crop.  If you’re growing veggies here in our climate, I consider it a must-have, which is why I’m going to give one away this month. Here’s why you need Golden Gate Gardening:  The climate in the San Francisco Bay area is unlike any… more

April 15th, 2012 | 21 Comments | Tags: , ,

A Fermentation Primer

Fermentation is an age-old practice that may date back to as many as 12,000 years ago during the Paleolithic period. That said, it’s a practice that holds as much value today as it did thousands of years ago.  Not only is fermentation a time-honored way to preserve the harvest or create a mind-altering beverage, it’s also a healthful and natural way to boost the nutritional value of the food. History: According to Sandor Katz the author of “Wild Fermentation”, early methods of fermentation may date back to as early at the Paleolithic era, 12,000 years ago based upon evidence found… more

April 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment | Tags: , ,