Local Culture Ferments

Meet the owners of Local Culture: Cristina Africano, Chris Frost-McKee and Elissa Wolf Blank. 

Did you know BriarPatch carries the entire line of Local Culture products? That includes: Apple + Hops Sauerkraut, Beet + Fennel Sauerkraut, Juniper +Sage Sauerkraut, Golden Beet + Dill Sauerkraut, Turmeric + Ginger + Jalapeno Sauerkraut, Carrot + Cilantro + Jalapeno Sauerkraut, Garlic + Ginger + Chili Kimchi, Immune Boosting Brine Tonic, Kimchi Hot Sauce and Spicy Sevillano Olives!  

For most of the year, all of the cabbage used for Local Culture sauerkraut is grown locally by Super Tuber Farm.  

We love how Local Culture puts local farmers and sustainability first!  

“Being sustainable is important to us and we compost all of our kitchen scraps from our ferment production. Ferments absorb toxins leached from plastic, so we never use plastic for fermentation or packaging. We also believe there is enough plastic out there in the world and we don’t need to add to it!  

We ferment in stainless steel fermenters for a minimum of 4 weeks, to ensure the full spectrum of beneficial microbes and probiotics. This creates and results in a higher nutritional value. Each and every jar is hand-packed with love,” said Elissa.  

The business is located in a warehouse off of Loma Rica Drive in Grass Valley. BriarPatch is a proud supporter of Local Culture and has been since the beginning. It’s fun to see how much they have grown. In the last year, they have expanded to many more co-ops and natural food stores in the greater West Coast region!  


Being sustainable is important to us.

Elissa, Local Culture