FRIENDLY FERMENTS: Shanti Elixirs owner Shanti Sunshine Volpe, pictured with sons Narayan, 7, and Taraka, 11, says there is more support than competition among craft ferment entrepreneurs. “I think that there is no need for us to have concerns or anxieties around competition,” she says. “People will connect with the people and flavors that resonate with them.”

Cultivatin­g a subculture­: Asheville’s bubbling craft ferments industry

Creating a subculture around symbiotic cultures? That’s precisely what is happening in Western North Carolina’s fast-growing fermented food and beverage industries. Cultivating beneficial microorganisms to yield tasty drinks and foods that benefit the mind, body and spirit is being embraced as a business opportunity by an ever-increasing number of locals. A trend that started quietly in […]