Meet the Crafters: Off Beet Farm
Sarah and Jamie from Off Beet Farm join the Halifax Crafters bearing jars stylishly packaged and stuffed with immunity boosting edibles. This hardworking pair got their start in fermented food 6 years ago after becoming smitten with their taste and health benefits, and today, they produce various sauerkrauts and kimchees made with Nova Scotian vegetables. The items are processed in a “big, lovely commercial kitchen in downtown Dartmouth,” says Sarah, where the “hum of the cabbage shredder fills the room” between podcasts and punk rock music.
Sarah and Jamie introduced their fermented foods along with their produce to the Dartmouth Market. They were pleased to find the items were a hit, and later decided to bring their creations over the bridge. “It has been exciting to see people discover this type of food for the first time, or rediscover something they are familiar with from their past,” they said.
When you’re not selling at Crafters’ markets, where can I find your work?
We sell every week at the Alderney Landing Market in Dartmouth. Markets are a great way to connect with customers directly. You get to hear stories about your customers’ lives and get feedback about what they like and don’t like.
What makes Halifax Crafters different from other shows? What are you excited about seeing at the winter market?
Every year we make sure to stop in the Halifax Crafters Market because we love the vibe and all the beautiful work available (plus we need to build our wooden spoon collection!). It is exciting be a part of the event this year, and to have our fermented foods available in Halifax for the first time.
What inspires you to create?
We love growing and producing delicious food that nourishes people and we love working with our hands. We are inspired by fellow farmers that are working hard to feed their communities, doing their best to create viable business and a positive life through farming. The connections we make with our market customers totally fuel us. If it wasn’t for the people we connect with every week the early mornings would be much harder.
What do you do when you’re not crafting?
When we aren’t making fermented food or farming Jamie is surfing or puttering around the yard and Sarah is likely tinkering with various craft projects or reading about growing flowers. We don’t sit still for too long, there is always so many projects on the go.
You can visit Sarah and Jamie at their webpage.