Where do you go if you want to buy some fermented food while traveling? I was particularly interested in finding some sauerkraut. Since yogurt is relatively easy to find, and I brought milk kefir grains with me, I wanted a non-dairy ferment to compliment our diet.
I started in the most logical place that I could think of… a Farmers’ Market. A Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to meet small producers of locally made goods, and ferments usually fall into that category of stuff, especially living ferments as they don’t tend to travel very well.
In the past week I have explored 3 Farmers’ Markets and found myself in a very fermentation friendly group. Nestled among the vegetables and pies, every Farmers’ Market seemed to have an Artisan Cheese Maker, no matter how small the market. The first market we stumbled onto was only a collection of 5 stalls, so a cheese maker seemed fairly kismet and I bought a few wheels to carry along with me.
The best small Farmers Market in the UK is apparently found in Wales at St. Dogmaels Abbey. And it certainly deserves the recognition. Although it was small, it had a large selection of products to buy, from butchers and bakers to candlestick makers. There were several fermented products as well. In addition to the ubiquitous cheese maker, I found someone selling cider and vinegar as well as a stall selling cured meats. However, there wasn’t any sauerkraut for my dinner plate.
Health food stores are the other obvious bastion of fermented foods, but the first health food store that I checked sold only dried goods. The second store I went to had a number of living ferments. I found several types of live kombucha, milk kefir and a whole array of other dairy products. I also found sauerkraut! I was finally able to make a proper plowman’s lunch.
I wanted to finish with a picture postcard for my friends and family back home. The farm we are staying on is adjacent to this beach, and climbing down to it has become part of our daily routine.