downtherabbithole!rosebubblesHere we go, down the Fermentation Festival Rabbit Hole! This Friday at the Festival, you’ll experience the KSQ Farmers’ Market like never before. In order to facilitate an ideal experience for you fermentation fanatics, we’ve decided to take advantage of some neighboring spaces that are seldom used, yet quite lovely and enchanted. Other familiar spaces of the market will be transformed the day of the Festival, in order to suit our extensive list of participants and guest vendors. Please see below for a complete Festival Line-Up, Orientation, and “Who’s Who.” We are so thrilled at this high caliber cast of specialty characters (Homebrew Kits and tools, handmade mugs, books, fine chocolates, probiotic salsa, fruit…), that we know you will be too. Please don’t forget to bring your check books, since most vendors won’t be accepting credit card. There is also an ATM right in front of the BBQ, in the kiosk adjacent to the Genesis building) We can’t wait to see you there! (“Where? Oh! At the KSQ Farmers’ Market-cum-Fermentation Festival on Friday, October 9th, from 2-6pm!”) Also, this event is rain or shine. In the case of rain, we will be re-locating to the bottom floor of the Parking Garage. Please stay tuned for an update. Thanks!

FRIES1Where:  The “Fermentation Alley” (Brick alleyway across State St. from the KSQ Market, in between Bedbugzz seedsaveand Newton’s) 
What: Fermentation Demonstrations & Special Vendors

Who & When: 2:30 Kristian Holbrook and Martha Pisano, Doe Run Farm & Highland Farm— Sheep Yogurt-Making
3:30 Tim Mountz, Happy Cat Organics — Tomato Seed Saving
4:30 Jess Meginley, Biology Teacher and Foodie/Chef Extraordinaire– Kimchi demo & Kombucha “display”
5:30 — Dr. Tim Wadkins, Director of Quality Assurance of Victory Brewing Company— “Fermentation 101”

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  • Live, probiotic relish, salsa, salad dressing, ketchup etc., from Zukay Live Foods
  • Fine chocolate confections from John and Kira’s
  • A complete “Fermentation Station,” by Harvest Market, featuring free tastings of GT Dave’s Synergy Kombucha, apple/gotu kola cider, food and beverage recipes, books and know~how aplenty…All to jump start your starter (lactic acid, of course) and move you smoothly into the wonders of the ferment!
  • Handmade pottery by Lyla Kaplan
  • Live pottery throwing with WCU Professor, and local artist, Thomas Hitner
  • All the hard-to-find homebrewing tools and Start-up Kits, in addition to Root Beer tastings, by Home Sweet Homebrewapples
  • *SPECIAL NOTE*: Three Springs Fruit Farm will be joining us for the Fermentation Festival, bringing over 15 varieties of apple, including: Honeycrisp, Gala, Jonagold, Jonathan, Empire, Cortland, Granny Smith, Mutsu, Grimes Golden, Golden Delicious, Rome Beauty,  & Nittany. In addition to their IPM apples and pears, onions and taters, famous applesauce, canned peaches and pumpkins, they’ll also be featuring UV Pasteurized Apple Cider, “Homebrewer Approved!” Perfect for the homebrewer, a fine fermenter. Ask Ben, the owner, all about homebrewing, he’s a pro! Three Springs will be flanking the market on State St., closest to Broad. Don’t miss them!

What: Fine Philly Folk Music, brought to you by “Excited Light Productions,” in the form of… The Spinning Leaves, and Hezekiah Jones

Where:  The center of the brick alleyway adjacent to the Genesis Building (usual market music location)


3:00-4:00pm — Hezekiah Jones

5:00-6:00pm — The Spinning Leaves

What: Tiny tastings from the “Drinkable Garden” (Local beer, wine & spirits). Tiny cups and $3 bracelets are available to all over 21 (we’ll be checking i.d. at point of purchase). Please remember that these are indeed truly tiny tastings. For a more substantial “drink,”grab a coupon at the Festival, and skip on down to the Half Moon Saloon, where they’re featuring a Fermentation Special, of Local Appetizers and Draft Tastings, for $1!

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Where: In the brick alleyway adjacent to the Genesis Building, closest to the Parking Garage

Special Note: This area will also be hosting Talula’s Table, featuring their Cheddar Beer Dip, Kombucha Kits, Hard Cider tastings from hardciderHome Sweet Homebrew, and other finely fermented fare.beautblacktea

When: Ongoing, from 2:00-6:00pm

  • Another feature of the Fermentation Festival is the photography of Chester County artist, Red Hamer

And, of course, we’ll have all of your favorite usual market vendor suspects…

Happy Cat, Amazing Acres, Ellen April, Nick’s Succulents, Elkdale Vegetables, Shadygrove Flowers and Plants, Northcreek Nurseries’ veggies and plants, EarthArt, Big Sky Bakery, Highland Sheep Dairy, Papa’s Pastries (featuring caramel apples, pumpkin soup, assorted autumn pies, and myriad pumpkin fare!), L&L Dahlia’s, Countryside Bakery, Country Meadows Meats and BBQ, Betty’s Buttons, Great Harvest Bakery, God’s Country Creamery, K-9 Kraving Dogfood, & Blade Sharpening by Clarke Green.