Renee "Crash" Newton grew up in the Southeast and arrived in the Gunnison Valley as a mountain neophyte. Like so many others, however, she quickly found her place here and took up all the mountain sports- while also bringing a piece of home with her: roller derby, where she got her nickname "Crash". With her college background in both biology and chemistry, Renee stumbled into a perfect job that used that knowledge, distilling rum at Montanya Distillers (see episode 20 of the Crested Butte is Home Podcast).
Recently, Renee went off on her own to start her company Fireweed Ferments, which produces fermented foods such as Sauerkraut and Kimchi. Fermented foods are all the rage, since they have "good bacteria" for your gut and may help with digestion and possess other benefits. We discuss the process of making fermented foods, the history of fermented foods, and why she has such a passion about it. And let's not forget about some of her recipes that you can find on her website, like a delicious sounding Bloody Mary utilizing her Kimchi. If you've ever wondered about the ancient art of fermenting foods, you won't want to miss this podcast.
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