Food Culture: Ferm Farm in West Side Costa Mesa
I’ve always been into health and fitness, so you can imagine my excitement when I discovered Fermentation Farm in Costa Mesa. They’re a little shop that serves up locally grown, fresh foods. Today I have Brad joining me on the blog to explain more about how Ferm Farm got started, and how it has grown into something much bigger than originally planned.
So Who is Fermentation Farm?
Simply explained, Ferm Farm is a family owned shop in Costa Mesa, focusing on providing the best, freshest, and locally sourced products for their customers. Everything you see on their shelves has gone through a meticulous process, full of thought, care, and lots of love.
“We’re like a little mini grocery store, focusing specifically on bringing fresh, local and fermented foods to our community.” - Brad, Director of Marketing
How Did it All Get Started?
The owner, Dr. Yasmine Mason, was enjoying her career as a chiropractor. Eventually, she and her husband decided to start a family, so she took some time off to focus on her role as a mother and spending time with her children. Yasmine had always been fond of healthy living and healthy eating, so she took advantage of having more time at home and began experimenting with creating her own kombucha and natural yogurt. She shared some with her friends and family. Little did she know they would immediately be hooked, and that’s when the demand started. Yasmine realized she had tapped into a market with a real need - there was nothing else out there where you could get truly good organic fermented foods.
So, in September 2014, she opened a small shop called Fermentation Farm to sell some of her super foods. What started as a humble idea, has expanded and grown quickly and dramatically. The shop has expanded 3 x in size since then. In addition to attracting a community of health enthusiasts, the medical community rallied around Ferm Farm. Not only do these foods taste good, but there’s a real need medically for them. Many fellow practitioners started sending patients there for healing, therapeutic foods.
“We’re not trying to produce the lowest cost foods, we’re trying to source the best ingredients to create powerful flavors, and truly healthy foods. Food with integrity,” says Brad.
What Are Some Products I Can Expect to See at Ferm Farm?
We work with local ranchers where we get all of our produce and local fruit, which we use in our homemade Kombucha to produce flavors like: organic raspberry, turmeric ginger tangerine, and more. We’re constantly playing around with new flavors to create palatable and probiotic Kombucha that the whole family can enjoy.
We also source local meats that are all nitrate free and organic. Some of our customer favorites include: grass fed beef, bison, pork, lamb, a super tasty bacon, and a truly must-try - the Salami out of San Diego.
In addition, we sell local gluten-free treats made in the area by different bakers, gluten-free. dairy-free energy bars, and we also sprout our own almonds.
Awesome, So How Do I Start Shopping with You?!
Well, we are set up like a membership-based store. Our goal is to put extra time into finding items that are not on the shelves anywhere else, maybe only at Farmer’s Markets, but we spend more effort to make sure they’re available throughout the week.
The membership is $5 for a one month trial. (If you check in on Yelp, it’s FREE!) Then, after that it’s just a one-time $25 fee for a lifetime membership.
What are the Benefits of a Membership?
Anything we make, we will sample out! All of our veggies, Kombucha on tap, etc. - we want to encourage our members to sample every time they visit us. As seasons change, so do our food and flavors, so we think it’s important to always taste the products each time - we want to make sure people are really happy with what they’re purchasing.
We also offer classes where we teach how to make your own Kombucha, fermented veggies, and yogurt - and we also offer a food prep class.
Nothing is a secret here - we give out all our recipes in our classes, because we really want to build a community of people who share a passion for fermented and handcrafted food and drinks. We show our members EXACTLY how we do it; and it’s fun to see how some people will make their own version and create entirely new flavors.
Note: I took a Kombucha class here, and it was awesome! Very informative and I’ve been really enjoying experimenting with my own flavors at home. Highly recommend.
Thanks again for joining me on the blog today, Brad!
If you’re interested in visiting Fermentation Farm, I definitely encourage you to stop by. And remember, check in on Yelp and you’ll get a free 1 month trial membership. They’re located at 1125 Victoria Street Suite R Costa Mesa or feel free to call them at (949) 650-0830.
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