Mail order. My personal favorite. Specializes in fermented dairy and fermented beverages. Sells live (not powered) cultures. For yogurt, he offers two choices – Caspian Sea and “long” Villi yogurt. Unless your house is 60 degrees, Caspian Sea yogurt will work better than Villi yogurt. Also sells kefir grains & other high quality probiotic foods.
Mail order. According to Sandor Katz, this family-run business is the best all-around source for fermentation cultures in the US. Carries all kinds of cultures from yogurt to miso.
Available at grocery stores. Many culture types including direct set and heirloom, dairy and non-dairy. Lots of basic education material on their website.
Farms & farmers markets
Search for AGA approved producers certified according to strict standards.
Information on raw milk and how to source it
Web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products and other commodities. Separaties CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.
A directory of certified Biodynamic farms and brands. This directory can also be found on BiodynamicFood.org.
Provides lists of farmers, local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass fed products.
Pennsylvania farm where cows are never slaughtered, and only used for milk production.
Find local farms, farmers markets, food co-ops, groceries, pick-you-owns, and farm stands.
Herbs & spices
Wholesale store for herbs, spices and much more. Create a wholesale account ($10 one time fee) and use their software to order with friends. If you and your friends meet a order minimum of $250, you’ll get very significant discounts.The order will arrive in a big box(es) and must be sorted.
Mainly herbs and spices, small quantity packages available. Offers on-line herbal classes.
Sprouted grains and flours that you can’t find in the grocery store.
My favorite store in the DC area, it’s a co-op.
Ethnic food stores
If the store is popular, that can be a good sign. However, some food labels can be in another language making things difficult. That said, I’ve purchased organic fenugreek seeds from Frontier which did not spout, and non organic fenugreek seeds from a local ethnic food store which sprouted great. I even repeated the test several times.
Best designed clay pots around, comes with instructions.
Electric stoves require a diffuser for a clay pot.
Uniquely designed low heat diffuser. It is made of zero-carbon steel and is enameled. I purchased mine at Bed Bath & Beyond with a coupon.
Look for uncoated and unglued. Bamboo can crack.
Stainless steel hand blender – perfect for yogurt drinks.
I find most nut milk bags not fine enough. Ideally I should be getting clear whey. With this some of the milky parts get though.
Unbleached coffee filter – My personal favorite. If a household coffee filter is too small, go to a restaurant supply store for a commercial size coffee filter.
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