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Cultivate Simple Podcast on Fermenting

Posted on September 17, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Are you looking for more information about fermenting?  If so, the latest podcast from Cultivate Simple - Further Fermentation, provides some great information.  They also did an Intro to Lacto-Fermentation podcast that answers a lot of questions that our customers might have. 

This podcast by the bloggers behind Chiot's Run, is a wonderful resource for those who want to live a natural, simple & sustainable life.  We have been reading their blog for the past few years and have integrated many of their ideas into our lifestyle.  If you are interested in gardening, I highly suggest checking out this blog!

If you happen to listen to the Further Fermentation episode, be sure to listen carefully.  They mention Stone Creek Trading as a source for fermenting crocks and have a great offer for their listeners (and you)!  We hope you'll tune in!

We have also sent them a fermentation crock to try out.  Once they've had a chance to use it, we'll post a link of their experience with a Stone Creek Trading fermenting crock.  We're looking forward to seeing what they make!

Back at Chicago Nettelhorst French Market

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

We have another market this weekend, and we'll be back at the location of our first market!  Check us out this Saturday, August 24th from 8am - 2pm at the Chicago Nettelhorst French Market.

We had a great response in June when we last had a booth at this market, and are looking forward to another great day.  The weather looks like it should cooperate a little better for us this weekend as well,

If you're in the Chicago area and have been thinking about purchasing something from our website, the market is a great opportunity to come pick up your item and avoid paying shipping fees.  This also gives you the chance to see some of our products in person before you buy!  If you do have a specific item you have been eying, please let us know in advance so we can make sure we bring plenty of stock with us!

We hope to see you there!

Fermented Polish Sauerkraut Recipe

Posted on August 20, 2013 by Kryz Kociolek | 1 comment

Fermented Polish Dill Pickle Recipe

Posted on August 15, 2013 by Kryz Kociolek | 4 comments

What good is a fermentation crock without a good fermenting recipe?  We know how frustrating it can be when you first start fermenting to track down a recipe to try, especially a recipe that is sized for a 5 liter or 10 liter fermenting crock.  That's why we include a recipe for both pickles & sauerkraut with every crock we ship!  These recipes are translations of the traditional Polish fermenting recipes that Kryz's family would make when he was growing up.

Because we know how hard it can be to keep track of those two little recipe cards, we wanted to share those recipes here on the blog as well.  This week we are featuring our Polish Dill Pickle Recipe.  If you've misplaced your recipe card, or if you're just visiting our website and looking for a new recipe to try, here it is!

 

Polish Dill Pickles (Ogorki Kiszone)

(recipe fits 5 liter crock, for 10 liter just double it)

5-6 lbs of small cucumbers                           1 Tbsp mustard seeds
3 qt. of brine (2 Tbsp salt/quart water)         1 tsp allspice (whole)
6 cloves of garlic (sliced)                              1 Tbsp fresh horseradish root (sliced)    
1/3 bunch of fresh dill (whole)                       a few grape or cherry leafs (optional)                     


Wash the cucumbers and poke a few holes at both ends with a fork or knife.  Prepare the brine by boiling the water and letting it cool, then dissolving the salt in it.  Place the cucumbers in the crock, adding dill, garlic, and spices in between layers of cucumbers.  To help preserve crispness, a few grape or cherry leaves can be added to the crock.  Cover everything with the stone weights and add the brine until it covers the weights.  Fill water seal groove with water and cover with the lid. Keep crock at room temperature for 3-4 days, then move to cooler place.  Pickles can be eaten at any point in the fermentation process.  When desired sourness is reached, remove from crock & refrigerate.  Enjoy!

 

Remember, that fermentation is natural process, and every batch will vary.  This is the standard recipe that we start with, making tweaks and changes to it every time.  Feel free to adjust the spices to your taste and develop your own family recipe!

French Connection Day at Cantigny Park

Posted on August 08, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Bonjour mes amis!

Come join us this Sunday, August 11, from 9am - 3pm at the French Market at French Connection Day at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL. Stone Creek Trading will have a booth and look forward to celebrating everything French for the day!

This will be a great event for all you francophiles out there with lots of fun french food and activities! It's also great for families! If you live in the Chicago area and have never been to Cantigny, this is also a great opportunity to check out this amazing park.

Find out more about the French Connection day at Cantigny Park.

We hope to see you there!

Market Recap - A great first day!

Posted on July 24, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

Thanks to everyone who came to see us on Saturday at the Chicago Nettelhorst French Market!  We had a great first day at the market and learned a lot.  We really enjoyed the direct interaction with customers and getting feedback on the products, something we don’t usually experience thru the online store.  It was a great opportunity to spread the word about our business and meet lots of new people.  And of course, we also sold some products while we were at it!

When we woke up in the morning (bright & early), the forecast called for a chance of storms and a very hot day.  Luckily, the storms and heat held off and we only had a few sprinkles!  This market is located in the heart of the Lakeview East neighborhood, just north of Belmont on Broadway.  The market has a wonderful community feel and many customers inquired if we would be back the next week.  We will be back at this market, but not until August 24th & September 7th.

This Saturday (June 29th) we will have a booth at the Wheaton French Market.  This market is very well attended and will likely be a very different experience for us.  I'm glad we started with the Nettelhorst market as it was a great learning opportunity and helped to give us an idea of what to expect at Wheaton.

(Sorry this photo is blurry, but I wanted to show the awesome utensil display

that Kryz & Kaleb came up with!)

We will also have a booth at the French Connection Day at Cantigny on Sunday, August 11.  This past weekend was a great test market for Stone Creek Trading, and we are hoping to add more dates throughout the summer.  If you know of a market you would like to see us at, please send us an email or leave a comment below.  We are always looking for ways to get our products out to more people!

If you didn't get a chance to come check out our products in Chicago, we would love to see you this weekend in Wheaton!

 

 

PS.  You'll notice in the above photos of our booth from this weekend a number of new products that haven't made it onto the website yet.  We are working hard to get them up, but preparing for the market has taken most of our time recently.  You can use this post as a sneak peak of the new products!  However, some of the toys you see here won't make it onto the website at all - we had such a great response at the market that we either sold out or have too low of inventory now to sell them online.  If there is a particular item you see in the photos that doesn't make it onto the website, be sure to let us know!  We are always looking for feedback on what products people are most interested in!

 

 

Chicago Nettelhorst French Market

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Emily Kociolek | 0 comments

We are excited to announce that we will have a booth on Saturday, June 22 at the Chicago Nettelhorst French Market!  For those in the Chicago area, this is the prefect opportunity for you to come see our products in person and make a purchase without having to pay for shipping.  We will be able to accept credit cards at the market, so you don't have to worry about whether you have enough cash on hand to buy all the amazing products we offer!

The Chicago Nettelhorst French Market is run by the same organization that operates the very popular Wheaton French Market and has been open since 2003.  The market takes place at the Nettelhorst school in the heart of the Lakeview East neighborhood of Chicago, near Broadway & Melrose. 

A french market is very similar to a farmer's market, except that in addition to the usual fresh produce there are also goods for sale - like our housewares and toys!  We feel that this venue is a great match for Stone Creek Trading as our products align with the natural lifestyle many market attendees desire.  After you choose your fresh produce at the market, you will be able to purchase our kitchenware and fermenting crocks to turn those ingredients into delicious foods!

We will also be at this market location in August and are looking to add dates at other markets as well.  So stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for future announcements!

We hope to see you there!

 

PS. Those who attend will also get a sneak peak at all the new products that haven't made it onto the website yet!  So be sure to stop by if you can!