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Get a Jump on Holiday Gift-Making

We’ve all done it. Scrambling through cupboards wishing we hadn’t opened that last jar of apple jam or bottle of orange bitters. “It would have made the perfect gift!” you say, exasperated and empty-handed. This year think ahead and get going on DIY projects NOW to avoid that What-do-I get-Aunt-Louise? holiday conundrum. Apples, pears, grapes, persimmons, pomegranates, quinces are all in season and just begging to be turned into jams, shrubs, liqueurs. And don’t forget your veggies. Pickle beets, carrots, cauliflower and brussels sprouts and make hot sauce with whatever peppers are fresh! You will have a pantry full of… more

October 15th, 2014 | No Comments

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reCAP Mason jar cap giveaway!!

Those clever folks at reCAP keep coming out with MORE ways to improve on the already awesome Mason jar! Their original pour lid is an indispensable mason jar component, and soon it will be available in beautiful BLUE. Want to win one? How about 2? There are 3 ways to enter and the winner will get 1 of the not-yet-released wide mouth blue pour caps AND one of the original silver caps in the narrow mouth size. To enter, complete one of the following tasks. Increase your odds by completing all of the tasks. 1) Comment on this post about what… more

September 25th, 2014 | 44 Comments

Ultimate Homstead Starter Kit

Win an Ultimate Homestead Starter Kit!

The Oakland Eat Real Festival is this weekend and for fun we’re doing  a photo booth with lots of silly props. To spice it up even more we thought it would be fun to allow people to tag the photos of themselves on the FARMcurious Facebook page to be entered into a drawing for a really amazing Ultimate Homestead Starter Kit. If you happen to be a conscientious objector of Facebook or you don’t live locally enough to swing by our photo booth, we wanted to offer another way to be entered into the drawing. So here it is. To enter… more

September 16th, 2014 | 64 Comments

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Oakland Planning Commission Discusses Right to Grow Food TONIGHT (9/17) Please attend!

TONIGHT (Sept 17th) at 6pm the Oakland Planning Commission will be discussing a major positive change being considered to affect the currently confusing (and somewhat prohibitive) urban agriculture permitting structure. If the proposed changes pass, it will be a huge win for Oakland backyard farmers. It’s important to have high attendance in support of the changes, so please considering making it if you’re able. To attend at 6pm September 17th, the address is: Oakland City Hall One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room No. 1 Oakland, CA 94612. A note from Esperanza Pallana for those of you that can attend the meeting… more

September 16th, 2014 | No Comments

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7 Ways to Connect with What You Eat

“They’re growing!” My friend reported to me that a mushroom-growing kit I’d given her had, in fact, made mushrooms. “Now what do I do with it?” she inquired. “You eat them.” I replied. “Are you sure they are OK?” she asked with some trepidation. Don’t put that in your mouth, you have no idea where its been! We’ve all heard that before, right? But most of us frankly give little thought to where our food has been. It could have come from Tulsa or Timbuktu, but safely wrapped in plastic or sealed in a can and marked with a ‘best by’ date, we have come to trust what… more

August 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Gut Bacteria

Who says fermenting is good for you?

A Kickstarter backer to our Fermenting Set project recently posted that he’d like to see some links to articles claiming the health benefits of fermentation. Well, ask and you shall receive. Who thinks eating fermented food might be good for you? Apparently all these guys…. NPR: Gut bacteria may guide the working of our minds Less diverse gut populations linked to Crohn’s disease Microbe transplants treat otherwise untreatable diseases A robust microbiome essential to health The New York Times: Gut bacteria from slim humans can slim down mice Starving children may lack crucial gut bacteria Some of my best friends are germs by Michael… more

June 15th, 2014 | No Comments | Tags:

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FARMcurious Fermenting Set – a Simpler Way to Culture

You can hardly turn on the news without hearing about a new discovery about the “human microbiome”, that collection of bacteria living in an on our bodies. Study findings tell us that a more diverse collection of ‘gut bacteria’ will help with everything from a weak immune system, irritable bowel syndrome and even obesity! So why isn’t everyone loading up on fermented food? Asking this question to anyone who would listen in the past year has led me to believe that these are the issues that seem to turn people away. Fear of yeast and mold growing on top Space… more

May 13th, 2014 | 3 Comments | Tags:

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T-Shirt Caption Contest

Nominate a caption for our Kickstarter Reward T-Shirt and win some fun prizes including the new FARMcurious Fermenting Set with ReCAP! There are times when it feels I’m bursting with clever, creative ideas and just lack time to execute them all. Then, there are times when I just can’t come up with a pithy line to save my life. That’s how I feel right now. We’re a few weeks into our Kickstarter campaign for the new FARMcurious Fermenting Set with ReCAP and I have this awesome image for a t-shirt that I’d like to add to the rewards. The trouble… more

May 7th, 2014 | 47 Comments

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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 | 1 Comment | 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 | 67 Comments | Tags:

Using your FARMcurious 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 (or about halfway) with water and replace the lid. 4) Wash with warm, soapy water any canning jar with the size opening that matches your ReCAP lid… more

June 2nd, 2013 | 15 Comments | Tags: ,