If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying Firefly Kitchen’s goodies, I feel excited for you to come to Gobble Up! Firefly Kitchens make yummy products that are good for your gut. Who knew kimchi brine would be delicious but it is! You are your gut will thank her! Check out her awesome cookbook too!
Where does your passion for food come from?
I grew up in Alaska where we were around lots of fresh fish, game and berries, which was such a treat. Food is so essential and I am passionate about making it simple, easy, and fun.
Tell us about your culinary journey.
I have always loved food and experimenting with food, but through pursuing Nutritional Therapy I became much more in tune with how to use it for health and healing. This was such an eye opener for me as the notion of “you are what you eat” was now replaced with “you are what you digest”!
Where is your favorite place to eat?
In my kitchen with friends.
Where do you source your ingredients?
We source our ingredients as locally as possible. Our organic spices come from a little further afield but we work directly with some farms in the area to get quality organic vegetables from the NW. Some batches include carrots from Nash’s Produce and the cranberries in our seasonal kraut come from Starvation Alley.
Tell us about a new product you are working on.
Well… we’re always experimenting with new kraut flavors! We’re recently brought back our Salsa Viva and we’ll have that at the booth this fall. We’re also really excited about our Kimchi Salt.
What will our fans find at your booth this fall?
All of our krauts, kimchi, salsa, and fermented carrots! We’ll also have brine, our new salts, and Fresh & Fermented (our cookbook!). All of these items make for GREAT hostess gifts, thank you gifts or general holiday or a birthday gift. As we like to say: “Give the Gift of Health!”
What are your goals for your business in the next year?
We’d really like to get more people eating fermented vegetables! Just a forkful a day is an excellent addition to your diet. We love to share how these foods can “brighten your bite” while delivering a probiotic boost to your system every time you consume them.
What was your biggest challenge when starting out?
Good question! After learning about so many of the traditional foods and their health benefits, it was difficult to to narrow it down to making only fermented foods. We chose to focus on these because of fantastic flavors we were creating and the lack of options out there to purchase.
What’s your favorite part of this food movement?
I love seeing the lightbulb go on when people realize this old fashioned food (kraut and kimchi) tastes extraordinary. And so many of these amazing foods we all love besides kraut ~ chocolate, charcuterie, beer, cheese, bread, and wine….all have a history of being fermented in some way shape or form.
What’s the best part of your job?
Meeting people! Hands down. I love chatting with folks about our product, especially hearing and seeing all the cool ways they use sauerkraut and kimchi in everyday meals! People’s enthusiasm for the product really motivates all of us at Firefly. And of course hearing testimonials from people about how how these foods have benefited their health is so rewarding!