water kefir grains

How to Brew Water Kefir (a quick tutorial)

Water kefir, a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, is remarkably simple to prepare  and often more palatable than other probiotic tonics like kombucha and beet kvass.   Similar in flavor to a dry, slightly fizzy lemonade, water kefir is pleasant and even small children can enjoy it.   When my son was littler than… 

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Beet Kvass

A Recipe for Beet Kvass: A Deeply Cleansing Tonic

To drink beet kvass is to taste the blood of the earth –  sweet and salty with a mineral-rich undertone that speaks of the soil itself.  Beet kvass is an acquired taste, much like other fermented foods whose characteristic sourness can offend tame palates.  In spite of – or perhaps because of – its briny… 

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Why You Should Worry about Water (and what to do about it)

We live at the tip-top of the water supply.  Most of our water is drawn straight from mountain streams and the run off of melting snow.  Our community is small, so the water isn’t fluoridated. There’s no industrial farms up this high in the mountains, so the water isn’t contaminated by agricultural inputs.  We’re not downstream… 

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My Favorite Things in December: Hot Springs, Magnesium Oil and Site Updates

It’s hard to believe it’s the end of the year already. Sometimes, I feel lost amid the rapids of life – the work, the emails, our farmers market and real food bank, the everything.  Seriously, it seems that everything I do to simplify my life leaves me open to complicate it further.  Which is why this… 

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