10 Jun 2024

Small-batch fermenting in Greta Valley

From Nine To Noon, 11:33 am on 10 June 2024

Olivia Johnson started her small-batch kimchi and sauerkraut business Wild Child Ferments a year ago.

But it was about 10 years ago where she first came across fermented foods while living out of tents on a vineyard in Vancouver. 

She now makes her ferments living on a farm with her husband and toddler in Greta Valley, in North Canterbury.

She now has eight different sauerkrauts and two kimchis - including a combination jar, the 'krauchi'.

She usually plies her wares at the Amberley Farmers Market as well as a couple of retail stores in Canterbury.

Earlier this year Olivia was named Emerging Business Champion at the 2024 Outstanding Food Producer Awards.

Olivia Johnson with her 'wild child' Twyla. She's been running her Wild Child fermenting business for a year after a long-running interest in fermentation.

Photo: Supplied by Olivia Johnson