Situated properly on the bleeding edge of Portland at 200 Anderson Street, Urban Farm Fermentory played host to October's Greendrinks festivities. Urban Farm Fermentory (UFF) is well known for their incredible ciders and kombutchas, and they are steadily growing. The Fermentory recently expanded its footprint, opening two adjoining 'bays': a tasting room for their fermented beverages, as well as a multipurpose hub housing a variety of makers including a bakery, a creamery, a pie baker and a popsicle company. UFF and the hub are all about local foods and the local food community, and they were an early member of the brewery cluster now often termed 'yEast Bayside'. Rising Tide, Tandem Coffee, Maine Craft Distilling, and Bunker Brewery all boil their kettles within a few blocks of each other fostering a neighborly relationship between businesses in the hood.
As you have probably gathered I am a huge fan of UFF. This is partly because I love their products, also because I've known about their outstanding work for years through founder Eli Cayer. In fact, I have been photographing the cider and kombutcha product line recently, and took a quick tour of the new bays earlier this fall. Open for business for a couple of months now, it was excellent to see the expanded space mobbed with Green Drinkers, and the turnout was as strong as ever. The evening was to benefit another organization that I am fond of, The Community Bicycle Center. Their mission: 'To use hands-on bicycle maintenance, group bike rides, and civic engagement activities to develop thriving attitudes, behaviors, and skills in the youth we serve.' Awesome.
Thank you Greendrinks and Urban Farm Fermentory for another outstanding Tuesday evening... Enjoy the pics from our Maine Snapshot Studio!