More About Our Vendors

Rayburn Farm

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Growing unique herbs, spices, seed, and specialty produce for the craft food and beverage industry 🌱🌾🌿 Based in the mountains north of Asheville, NC

Crust Never Sleeps

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Beacon of Hope Services

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Serving Madison County, NC Residents

The Beacon of Hope serves Madison County residents by providing food, emergency assistance, low-cost thrift store and advocacy to those in need.

The Beacon of Hope Services is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization offering food and emergency financial assistance to low income families and individuals in Madison County by providing:

A direct hunger relief service providing nutritious food and teaching to prepare residents to eat nutritiously

Emergency assistance for clothing, food and referrals

Referrals to community partners for housing and other services

Health Screenings

A low-cost Thrift Store for clothing, furniture, household essentials, haircuts

Advocacy to influence anti-hunger and poverty policy

Fermenti. LLC

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Fermenti. Provides Living Probiotic Rich Fermented Foods  Hand-Crafted In Madison County, NC! We Are Focused On Culturing Our Community  Through Charitable Events, Preserving Our Heritage By Educational Outreach  And Supporting Food Resiliency. We Have Just Created Fermenti. Mountain Farm To Start Growing Our Own Produce, Cut Costs And To Create Jobs While Sourcing Locally. We Are The Proud Fermenting Ambassadors For Sow True Seed And Look Forward To Again, Sponsoring The 2nd Annual WNC Fermenting Festival This FALL! 

Sister Of Mother Earth

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Sister of Mother Earth sprouted to existence a decade ago in an aspiring community herbalist’s kitchen. Unique fire cider blends are made with local and foraged ingredients to create ultimate immune boosting concoctions.  Herbal infused honeys, wild medicine and food are crafted with support from like-minded farmers and growers from the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Reintroducing folk remedies and native wild foods to the communities in the area is the core of Sister of Mother Earth’s mission and dream.

Botanist & Barrel

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Botanist & Barrel crafts ciders, sours and dry fruit wines.  Using techniques from wine-making, brewing, and craft cocktail we are constantly blurring the lines and re-thinking cider and fruit wine.  We are also farmers raising organic blueberries on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm, which is also home to our winery/cidery.  We are hyper-local, sourcing ingredients whenever possible from within 120 miles of our farm winery.  Even our labels and corks are made in NC.  

Fur-Ments

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How does one get beneficial bacteria into your pet’s gut? Easy: fermented vegetables—in an application we’ll call FUR-ments. I have created a new way to craft FUR-ments using the scraps of food one would either discard or compost. This is the ultimate in up-cycling food from your preferably organic and locally grown vegetables. This not only keeps these ‘wastes’ out of the landfill, but provides a nutrient-dense and fiber-rich fermented ‘vitamin pack' for one’s pets. My booth will be an ongoing demonstration of the age old technique of fermenting but with our beloved dogs' and cats' gut health in mind.

Hop Ice Cream

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About

The Hop Ice Cream Cafe has been proudly serving Asheville, NC since 1978 with an imaginative yet classy array of homemade 16% butterfat Dairy Ice Cream, completely from-scratch Vegan Ice Cream and Sorbet, fair-trade/organic Coffee and Espresso, unique specialty desserts and more. In addition The Hop(s) host a variety of Birthday Parties, weekly Free Family Friendly Entertainment, and whimsical special events at each of its three Asheville locations. Ashley and Greg Garrison, owners and joy makers, began working at The Hop in 2003 as UNC Asheville students, then took the reins in 2008, and have since happily endeavored to create a genuinely positive community-minded business around delicious hand-crafted Ice Cream

Buchi

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“The Buchi Mama’s” met through our kid’s homeschool co-op 9 years ago, we couldn’t yet imagine how our friendship, fermentation and the business which resulted would transform our lives.  It started as a simple idea: brew and share kombucha with our community.  We were born at the farmer’s market and grew up at a shared community kitchen in the mountains outside Asheville, NC.  At the time, only 1 national brand of kombucha was on the shelf and people were thirsting for something that tasted more like home. 

        Buchi isn’t only 2 moms anymore --  along the way we’ve gathered a talented tribe of workers and growing a community who thirst for life and believe business can be a force for good in the world.  Through grassroots support and the rapidly expanding capacity of good ideas to spread, we are now the largest kombucha brewer on the East Coast, and we now offer Kefir Soda and Shrub Soda addition to our family of kombucha.

         This is the story of a kombucha brewery founded in a kitchen by two moms --  but it’s also part of a much larger, more fantastical tale. One that you’ve become a part of by drinking Buchi.


Sweet Brine'd

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Sweet Brine’d Fermented Foods partners with local farmers to provide the freshest and most nutritious inputs for our products. We are devoted to quality, believing that every bit of care we devote to a batch is felt and tasted by our customers! We produce sauerkraut, kimchis, hot sauce, and other seasonal ferments.

Notorious Coffee

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Notorious Coffee Roasting Company, LLC, 

…is located in Madison County, NC, close to Asheville and Hot Springs. We are dedicated to the craft of artisan coffee roasting. We recommend different roasts to bring out the best flavors of our different coffees and can also custom blend a coffee that suits your own unique tastes. 

We invite you to choose from a variety of popular coffee beans from around the world, we'll roast them carefully in small batches, and we'll ship the whole or ground beans (to your order) directly to you usually within 48 hours. That way you can enjoy notoriously good coffee in your own home! 

Shanti Elixers

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Shanti Elixirs, LLC is a company inspired by the honey bees and dedicated to nurturing the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the well-being of our planet. Our mission is to combine the wisdom of ancient traditions with as many locally sourced foods as possible to enhance the health and well-being of all who enjoy them. We make a fermented effervescent tea with local raw honey and organic green tea that is rich in healthy acids and probiotics called Shanti-Jun.

Pure Fire

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Founded in 2015, PURE FIRE FOODS makes Nourishing Fiery Foods™ that are inspired by ancient herbal remedies. Our Fire Tonic is handcrafted with a proprietary blend of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and mushrooms that come together to make a powerful tonic. Enjoyed daily, used in recipes or added to foods as a dressing or sauce, PURE FIRE™ Fire Tonic is a great way to nourish your immune system. It leaves you feeling energized and awakened naturally through the power of raw, organic ingredients.

Our unique blend was originally inspired by Rosemary Gladstar, the “Godmother of American Herbalism”, who like us, has a deep relationship with Mother Nature and aligns greatly with our approach of "food as medicine." 

Thank you for supporting us in our journey to revitalize and grow the connection of folk medicine in our world through our innovative and delicious recipes.

- David, Rachel and George

Manna Plannet

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Highest quality raw cacao treats, vegan foods made with every effort to be gluten free, organic when possible, non-GMO, low glycemic. Coconut nectar & stevia are the main sweeteners, sometimes maple syrup. I make the ingredients (milks, flours) before I create the recipes! I offer a tooth serum, herb-seaweed seasoning, recipe cards, prints, paintings, notecards & classes in the Western North Carolina area.

Wild Weeds

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We want to welcome Wild Weeds Farm Heather Mikus, aka rocking farmer mama, to the festival this year. She’ll be bringing her delicious #chevre and goat milk soap.Stop by her booth to try her cheese, you will not be disappointed

Guilt Free Pies

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Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Pies!

The Underground Cafe with DoughP Donuts

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Serving breakfast, lunch and doughnuts in the heart of Downtown Asheville, NC.   This is a dream that has been in the works ever since Owner Chef Jay attended culinary school in New York City. He has brought his skills and training from being a professional chef in NYC back to his home town. Jay and his family are thrilled to be located in Downtown Asheville where they can serve and give back to the community they grew up in. Thank you to their family, friends and community for the continued support on this new venture.

Well Seasoned Table

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We are located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We have a small farm where we organically grow (not certified) the food that we eat, as well as some of the herbs and spices that go into our products.  Our products are lovingly created by Sarah Wickers, owner of Well Seasoned Table. Each and every one is handcrafted to bring out the extraordinary in all that you cook or bake.   We are foodies at heart. Which means that we are constantly creating new culinary treats with our handcrafted products.

Miso Master

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Miso Master® Organic Miso is made using ancient methods perfected in Japan hundreds of years ago. Our first Miso Masters lived, studied, and worked for one year in rural Japan with one of the few remaining families still using the ancient way of miso-making.

We still use those methods today and that means hand-crafted koji (the culturing agent), and natural aging at ambient temperatures without artificial temperature control. 

The resulting miso is a delicious and versatile live, unpasteurized food, full of enzymes that aid digestions and assimilation, living lactobacillus cultures, isoflavones, and antioxidants. Certified Organic, Kosher, & Gluten-Free as well as Non-GMO Verified.

Maia Mehndi

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Maia Mehndi is a small business owned and created by Maia Sanders, a local henna artist and avid crafter.  She uses safe, all natural henna for her tattoos and loves to chat and connect with people while she is adorning their bodies.  She also considers herself a bit of a "Jill of all trades" with a rotating stock of different crafts from jewelry to lanterns to giant dreamcatchers. She does most of her work at markets and parties in the outer Asheville area but is very excited to be able to share her art at the upcoming festival.

Green Acre Homestead LLC

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Green Acre Homestead LLC is a small scale family homestead located in Mars Hill, NC offering a variety of homemade products such as handmade soap, goat's milk soap, woodworking, wood turning, and other hand craft.  Our products are made from only the best ingredients and with your well being in mind.


For the Fermenting Festival we will be showcasing our hand turned wood fermenting tools, bowls, cooking utensils, and a select variety of our handmade soap. 

Raspberry Fields

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We grow red raspberries with all organic practices.  Fresh berries, jam, vinegar, baked goods and other special items are offered each week at the Hendersonville Tailgate Market Saturday mornings. Goods can also be purchased through online store.

Current customers include tailgate market shoppers, local CSA's, wholesalers, restaurants, cafes, beer brewers, bakeries, and other local merchants. Please order through our online store, and we can ship anywhere in the US. Raspberry yummies make great gifts and can be gift wrapped and shipped directly to the recipient.  

If you wish to order bulk amounts, please email us directly for bulk needs and pricing.  Localraspberries@gmail.com

Thank you for enjoying our delicious raspberries! Our farm and family appreciate you! 

The Southern Harvest Cookbook Cathy Cleary

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  Cathy Cleary co-founded the West End Bakery and Cafe in West Asheville, and published her first cookbook by the same name in 2014. After selling the business in 2015 she began work on her second book The Southern Harvest Cookbook, published in 2018. This book explores the multitude of ways to use fresh seasonal produce and shares gardening tips and stories in addition to recipes for preserving the harvest. 

Half of the proceeds from both of her books go to regional nonprofits working on issues of food equity and sustainable agriculture. 

Cathy began cooking and baking at the ripe age of 4, and under her father’s tutelage learned to scrape the mixing bowl clean and use up every scrap of food, never wasting a drop. He taught her scratch made techniques using garden grown vegetables for vinaigrettes, sauces, and salads. She employs these methods today in her professional and home cooking, and encourages others to do the same.

In additon to her work in the kitchen Cathy co-coordinates the Asheville Bread Festival, operates a small farm with her husband, and serves on boards and committes working to educate and facilitate food soverignty, food waste reduction, and food justice.

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Locally Good

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Locally Good Farm is comprised of Stephanie, Patrick, Finnegan and Margot Poetter. The farm is located in Burnsville, NC, and was established in the Spring of 2015. They produce Artisanal Apple Cider Vinegar & other fruit vinegars, Herbal Cider Tonic and Elderberry Syrup. Locally Good uses local no spray fruit and herbs in season, and store-bought organic out of season. They are currently working on expanding vinegar production, teaching classes, and raising their two wonderful children. Stephanie and Patrick are transplants from Kansas City, but as soon as they visited Burnsville 4 years ago, they knew they were home!

Soil Shine Farm & Ferments

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Soil Shine Farm & Ferments

We are a small farm and brinery located in Celo, NC. We offer sauerkrauts, kimchi, and a wide variety of seasonal pickles featuring all organic and wildcrafted ingredients! Our products are always alive and full of incredible probiotics. We work hard to grow as many of our ingredients as possible on our organic, biodynamic farm. You can find our products at the Yancey County Farmers Market, Rescue Dog Cafe, Burnsville Health & Nutrition, Maples Cafe, and Locally Good shops in Burnsville

Star Shine Fairy Hair

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Silk Fairy Hair

Hempe

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Hempé is a New, Certified Organic Cultured Plant Protein

made with Chickpeas, Hemp and Chia. It is cultured like tempeh, rich in omega 3s, made without soy or gluten, and is versatile with a delicious savory flavor. Hempé is available in a 12 oz package, and is best pan fried in your favorite oil on medium heat until golden brown. Ready to use as an entrée in Buddha Bowls, Stir-fries, and salads. Makes delicious Burgers, BBQ, Bacon, Reubens, and Teriyaki. Use your creativity for so much more.


Honey Creek Pottery

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Ashley Lieb, the owner of HoneyCreekPottery, finds her truth, spirit, and therapy within the use and formation of clay. Working with clay, children, and adults alike to share the therapeutic and creative benefits of clay, is a life calling of Ashley's.  HoneyCreekPottery is an intimate studio space which harbors a working personal studio as well as a creative and inspirational space for educational classes. The vision of HoneyCreekPottery studio is to host not only a professional workspace, but to also provide a space of creativity for students to experience the enrichment and empowering effects of working with clay. This state-of-the-art studio space offers professional supplies and equipment, which allows the sky to be the limit with imaginative ideas involving clay. HoneyCreekPottery's mission is to provide a supportive, informative, and uplifting experience for all students to explore the pottery world and to make a difference in their lives in a creative and therapeutic way. The journey of working with clay is a life-changing one, and this studio space aims to be a guide.   

Booda Kombucha

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Booda Kombucha started in 2015 when our founder started brewing her own kombucha and started sharing with a couple friends, who told more friends, who told more friends....you get the picture!  So now we are launching this website and making some awesome kombucha.  ​

We make kombucha in small batches with the best possible ingredients, which include organic, local & fair trade!  We are just starting to offer our kombucha outside of our friends and family and are excited you found us.  We deliver every friday to Asheville and the immediate surrounding areas.  We are on tap at Carmel's Kitchen & Bar located in the Historic Grove Arcade and we are working on more locations as you read this!  

Asheville Tea Company

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ASHEVILLE TEA COMPANY BLENDS THE HIGHEST QUALITY TEAS AND LOCALLY SOURCED, SEASONAL BOTANICALS SO YOU CAN ENJOY A LOVELY CUPPA MORNING, NOON & NIGHT

Steeped by our desire to bring locally sourced brews and everyday tea culture to Western North Carolina, founder Jessie Dean began her vision for Asheville Tea Company in 2015.

As a West Asheville mom, keen traveler and outdoor enthusiast, Jessie is on a mission to combine her love of a good cuppa with her passion for the area's unique ingredients.

We care most about delicious, clean and healthful products, unique flavors and supporting our area's farms and businesses. In partnering with regional farmers and proprietors, Asheville Tea Company blends cleanly grown, sustainably harvested botanicals and small batch artisanal offerings to bring the flavors of Asheville into each of our handcrafted teas.

Asheville’s strong farm-to-table and craft beverage culture inspires us as small business owners and we are excited to bring our love of craft teas to your home!

Urban Peasants

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Urban Peasants-

 Sourdough, Gluten-Free, Fresh milled. 


             After baking sourdough bread together for years, my wife discovered she had to start a gluten-free diet to overcome significant health issues--so we simply stopped baking. After five years of eating mediocre commercial GF bread, we set out to create a sourdough bread that everyone could eat. With gluten-free grains like teff, buckwheat, and sorghum--fresh-milled and organic whenever possible--the result is fantastic sourdough bread and pizza. 

Period. 

Because we believe everyone should enjoy the best-tasting bread possible. 

It's the simple thing

Asheville Microgreens

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The Living Plant Alternative

       

Asheville Microgreens is dedicated to providing Asheville area restaurants, farmers markets and grocery stores with the highest quality living microgreens and edible flowers available. 

 

My fiance Chris and I and broke ground on our 2 acre farm in the fall of 2016. We lived in a camper much of the time while we hand built our small house. Through the last couple of years we have slowly established a working homestead where we provide all of our yearly produce. For me, starting Asheville Microgreens was a dream come true. I knew I wanted to build my own farm back in 2014 when I started going to school for horticulture. After I graduated with a degree in horticulture I started work at a local farm as their new  manager. Little did I know I would meet my fiancé here and start building a homestead at the adjoining property.  Asheville Microgreens was opened in January 2019 in a 400 square foot greenhouse that the local community and friends help me build. It is now my goal to provide the Asheville area with the highest quality Microgreens and edible flowers.

Honey & The Hive

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Welcome! We are pleased to announce that we are now named Honey and the Hive (formerly Wild Mountain Bees)! We offer a wide variety of quality beekeeping equipment, Southern Appalachian honey and beeswax, and handmade jewelry, candles, and salves from local artisans. If you're a seasoned beekeeper or a "New Bee", our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you along your journey. We stock the most extensive array of beekeeping supplies in the Asheville area.

Open Monday-Saturday 

from 10am-5:30pm 

at 23 Merrimon Ave 

in downtown Weaverville. 

Grift Town Goods

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WHO, WHAT, WHY

Grift Town Goods is a screenprinting company who cares about the truth. The artwork made and sold here is educational, cute, and comfy. Being that t-shirts are wearable billboards, I like to treat them with the weight of exposing people to what your beliefs are. ​

You like that print and what it means to you? Rock it...talk about it...​

I also like to make work that supports local businesses and events. Adding my style to a custom piece of collaboration is a great opportunity for artistic outreach in the community.​

I also like to involve people in the process. Live screen printing is a great way to involve an audience in the printing procedures. I can bring four 1-color designs to any event and make custom t-shirts right on the spot.

Terra Lingua Farm

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Agricultural company using strictly organic methods. We manage production at Sweet Folly Farm in Etowah and our greenhouse is located at Smith Mill Works.

MTN FOLK

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MTN- sense of place, terroir, energy

FOLK- friends, family, soul

LORE- stories, poetry, myths

MTN FOLK LORE is a collection of adornment from artist and curator Jo Doyle. 

Phenomenal Fungi

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Phenomenal Fungi’s mission is to support better living through mushrooms, making health and wellbeing accessible to as many people as possible. We believe that mushrooms can help undo much of the damage done to our planet. We also believe they can undo some of the damage we've done to ourselves. Mushrooms are restorative and supportive and they taste pretty darn good too! We cultivate several species of mushrooms, including cordyceps, lion’s mane, oyster, and shiitake. We also produce double-extracted tinctures, made from cultivated or wild foraged fruit bodies, that maximize the delivery of the beneficial compounds found in mushrooms. Our mushrooms are organically produced, although not certified. We strive to use local waste streams, such as coffee grounds, wood shavings and other agricultural material. We are always researching new growing material and new ways to bring the benefits of mushrooms to the public.

Foxy Otter Bakery

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Will Be Presenting Black Garlic Chocolate Chip Cookies, Hand Baked Sourcing Black Garlic From Running Waters Homestead!

Gypsy Queen Cuisine

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Our Chef and Staff

Suzy has been cooking amazing food ever since she was a child in Lebanon.  She shares a love and passion for good ingredients and delicious spices with her attentive staff.

Special Events and Catering

Our cuisine and food truck are available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We offer a unique experience for every tpe of event.

Seasonal and Local

We pride ourselves on sourcing our ingredients as locally as possible, and always have an eye for what's in season

White Labs

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Pastry Extraordinaire Logan Pollard of White Labs Kitchen & Tap will be bringing some of her culinary talent with Pastries, Breads, Cakes, Pies & MORE! 

WHITE LABSKITCHEN & TAP

White Labs Kitchen & Tap is a brewpub at the intersection of science and craft. The restaurant and brewery showcases foods with a fermentation twist including woodfired pizzas made with White Labs liquid yeast, fermented sauces, farm-fresh salads and other beer-infused dishes and desserts. Enjoy craft cocktails, wine and 32 rotating taps of White Labs brewed and guest beers. Stop by and experience how much yeast impacts the complexity and overall profile of fermented food and beverages!

Yoga Bucha

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Why "Yoga" Bucha?

Natural, sustainable, and local. The yogi is not only in tune with themselves, but with the world that surrounds us. The same concept of working with nature and staying in balance with the laws of the universe at large can be applied to every facet of life, so why not with what we consume too? And, that's exactly what we've done. Using local ingredients from sustainable sources, our Kombucha epitomizes that of a yogi, working in sync with the rhythms of nature. Our commitment to brewing small batches and ensuring mother nature has enough time to replenish her fruits further allows us to maintain our goal of sustainability.

Since 2014, we have brewed countless batches of homemade kombucha in order to find the perfect combination of flavors. What makes our recipes unique is the balance of spice and sweetness, combined with our organic ingredients. Something about the water sprung directly from the blue ridge mountains is the final key flavor that gives our tea the fresh and natural feel that the surrounding environment also provides. 

Now, we are ready to share our family recipe with the world. In addition to our tea, we offer workshops and homebrew kits for you to be able to start brewing yourself! Workshops can be requested for private parties in addition to our public offerings, see our workshop calendar for further details. 

Goodwin Gardens

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Experienced gardener for all your maintenance and landscaping needs. Friendly and reliable, I offer free advice and quotes.

Blue Ridge Aromatics

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We only sell our own essential oils that are distilled in-house, so we can ensure that all best practices are observed through the entire harvest and production process. Our inventory changes with the seasons.

We take transparency seriously. Unless otherwise clearly stated, you are getting 100% pure, species-authentic essential oil that we have carefully and sustainably harvested by hand, steam-distilled in stainless steel and the oils handled, stored and bottled in sanitary dark glass.

Each small batch has its own story and our labels tell you the batch number, plant parts used and the weight of the plant material that made that bottle of oil. More info about each harvest is available on the individual product page here on our website.