Note from Shannon: I am pleased to bring the voices of our lovely contributors to this space every Tuesday. Please welcome Jerri, CFH Customer Service Rep & cultured kitchen-keeper.
I love people! What an amazing weekend. The excitement, curiosity, and gratefulness of the visitors to our booth at the Chicago Green Festival were astounding. Being my first experience at this kind of venue, I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Although pretty worn out by Sunday evening, I had a fabulous time meeting folks and working the booth with Julie, Rosalyn, and Suzanne. Chicago, as much as I enjoyed sharing my culturing knowledge with you, you enlightened me as well!
So many interactions are embedded in my memory…
… “I can make my OWN kombucha, really?”
… “My job as a kid was to scrape off the mold from the barrel of sauerkraut each week…blech!”
… The looks on a young couple’s faces when I said, “Oh yes, I feed extra kombucha scobys to my golden retriever!”
… “You look so healthy!”
… “You EAT so healthy!”
…The incredible eagerness of Suzanne’s #1 fan, clapping her hands at Suzanne as she playfully ordered, “Hurry, hurry! Why aren’t you ready for the demonstration? Let’s go, I’m ready to learn!”
… “I incubate my yogurt in a microwave.” (Wow!)
…A sweet grandmother coaxes her granddaughter to purchase a Grolsch bottle so she can further her kombucha culturing experiment, reassuring her she can simply wrap it up in the clothing in her suitcase so she can take it on the plane, saying, “I’ll pay for it darlin’! If you want it I’ll buy it for you. Go on now!”
But, my all-time favorite interaction – the one that made instantaneous butterflies explode in my stomach? After a tip on rehydrating milk kefir (increase your milk by ½ cup each time it cultures the milk before the 24 hour window is up), I was asked to be video recorded so my instructions wouldn’t be forgotten!
This was completely out of my comfort zone, and I believe I bumbled my way through…but my dear customer, if it made your milk kefir successful, it was worth every topsy-turvy feeling.
Thank you Chicago!