Farm Spirit’s casual offshoot, Fermenter, opens on Friday, July 26 with just four counter seats and take out for lunch. The cafe, with daily rotating dishes featuring house-fermented vegetables and vinegars, will take over the restaurant’s original Morrison location.
Last fall, Farm Spirit announced plans to move into a new, larger location, setting aside the original tasting counter restaurant for a low-key, fermentation-centric restaurant. Despite its miniature form, Fermenter is looking to capture the Farm Spirit, well, spirit, with a completely vegan menu sourcing ingredients from within 105 miles of the restaurant. The “for here” option will be a tasting menu priced around $20, changing day to day based on what chef and owner Aaron Adams has on hand. Diners can expect plates of grains, vegetables, and fruits, along with accoutrements made in house like miso, vinegars, nut cheeses. The tasting menu will also include a dessert, for those seeking something sweet to get through the day.
The take away menu will also change daily, featuring legume-topped grains, vegetables both fresh and fermented, and a choice of sauce including smoky or spicy. Diners staying in or grabbing something to go can also order drinks like house-made kombucha and other fermented sodas. Everything taken out will come in reusable containers with refundable deposits.
Initially, the restaurant will only be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; that being said, it will likely expand down the line. Fermenter will be located at at 1414 SE Morrison Street.