Farm Table is all about health, and what could be healthier than a cold glass of organic kombucha on a hot summer day (or any time of the year, for that matter)? Kombucha is a combination of green or black tea with sugar and a “scoby,” which stands for symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that initiates a fermentation process. For those who brew their own kombucha, the process often looks like a scientific experiment gone awry. But these alien-looking life forms floating in your home brew can be used to create a slightly carbonated drink containing probiotics, B vitamins, enzymes, vinegar, and glucosamine.
Kombucha originated in the Far East over 2,000 years ago and is known by the Chinese as the “Immortal Health Elixir.” It’s generally believed that drinking kombucha offers tremendous health benefits for your heart, your brain and especially for your gut, which contains 80 percent of your immune system. According to an article in “Eat This Not That,” gut microbiota also plays an essential role in mental health and drinking the tea may enhance mood, reduce the risk of depression and anxiety, and even promote mental clarity. However, no official scientific studies have been conducted to determine the validity of the claims. Generally speaking, kombucha’s effects vary greatly from batch to batch and from individual to individual.
At Farm Table, we feature Deane’s Kombucha, a 100 percent organic kombucha brewed in small batches and fermented with organic fruit in oak barrels. The gunpowder green tea is certified organic and fair trade and all of the fruits are also organic. By using whole fruits and herbs, Deane’s Kombucha offers a wide variety of flavors, often influenced by seasonal availability and resulting in flavor combinations such as raspberry basil, wild blueberry lemon lavender, and buckwheat honey.
So join us some afternoon for a flavor extravaganza of our current kombucha on tap. And check back this summer as we are in the process of creating a summer cocktail featuring Deane’s Kombucha and our 45th Parallel Vodka, sure to be a hit if summer ever actually arrives!