A wild Culture

About wildbrine®

We are intensely committed to every step of wildbrine’s creation and production process, from fermenting vegetables to using organic produce to answering every customer’s question.

One of our founders, Rick, was “chief mentor” for teens at the Ceres Community Project, a local nonprofit whose mission is to restore locally grown, organic whole food to its place as the foundation of health for people, communities, and the planet. Rick’s role was to help develop large quantities of naturally fermented kraut for the organization’s client base of cancer patients. The krauts were a hit, so much so that Rick and Chris (his business partner), helped Ceres sell the products to a few local stores as a way to raise funds for Ceres.

When the success of the natural krauts grew beyond the scope of the Ceres mission, the executive director asked if we wanted to take over the kraut business. We said yes. In 2011, with the two original kraut recipes (Arame & Ginger and Garlic & Dill), and placement in a few local stores, we evolved into wildbrine®.

Rick and Chris Juggling

Since 2011, we’ve been experimenting with fermented vegetables passionately. We’ve grown from the two original flavors to seven unique krauts, each boasting its own brightness, three bold kimchi flavors, two spicy srirachas, two delightfully unique fermented salsas, and now our plant-based creamery, boasting four dips, sour cream, cream cheese, and butters. Our business has grown too, and we know that if we continue to do the right thing – take good care of our customers, employees, suppliers, and community – wildbrine will naturally thrive. We are excited to continue exploring our wild possibilities.


We love what fermentation does to food. The process elevates the flavor of produce and brings their nutrient and probiotic power to life. We focus on bringing out the best flavor of our fermented vegetables, while still staying true to the wholeness of each ingredient. Our favorite part is spending hours in our kitchen playing with different vegetable and spice combinations until we get it just right.

Of course, the fermentation process happens under our watchful eye. We monitor our batches of krauts, kimchis, and salsas carefully and on a daily basis. Once everything is tart, tasty, and ready, our team hand packs our containers—then wildbrine® is off to the stores and you. That’s it!

Farm to Table, Table to Farm

By the way, we make every effort to use all edible parts of our vegetables—but what we can’t use, we give away to local farmers to feed their animals. These cows, goats and chickens are arguably our most enthusiastic supporters…or at least the loudest.

Happy brining,
Chris and Rick

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