Food Academy

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When 2020 slowed everything down, I found the silver lining: time. Time to reconnect with local growers, time to support our community, and time to reconnect with old family traditions. This is when my wife and I created Fairmental, a fermentation company where we marry the cherished food traditions of our Romanian roots with the incredible wealth of Irish produce. We proudly craft batches of Kraut, Kraut-chi, Pickle Slaw, and Kefir—each jar a testament to our commitment to quality and tradition. Using only the freshest Irish ingredients, we uphold the art of handmade ferments, ensuring every batch captures the robust, natural flavours we grew up loving. The kefir, while a nod to our non-vegan friends, keeps company with our otherwise entirely plant based, vegan offerings.

We are committed to sustainable practices that encompass every aspect of our business, from sourcing locally to minimize food miles to employing sustainable packaging and circular economy when it comes to using and reusing parts of the products that otherwise would be discarded. Our glass jars are reusable and recyclable, they're part of our message—a healthier planet. By reducing food waste and supporting local suppliers, we ensure that our environmental footprint is as light as the effervescence of our kefir. As part of Dublin economy, we're not just fermenting foods; we're cultivating community and opportunity.

Our efforts are to extend beyond the delicious jars of ferments; we're committed to nurturing growth—growth in employment, in community spirit, conscious practices and in shared knowledge, giving back to the city that has embraced our dream. We envision workshops and programs that engage and enlighten, equipping our community with the wisdom to make informed choices for their well-being. By applying and sharing the knowledge we are gathering , we’re laying the groundwork for a future where adults and kids understand the benefit of adding fermented foods in their diet.

The SuperValu Food Academy has been instrumental in our story, providing a platform for our products and invaluable insights into retail. Their support is set to see our jars on SuperValu shelves by next spring—a milestone that we're incredibly excited about. Fairmental is more than a brand – it’s a living, breathing entity that represents growth, healthful foods, community ties and the eternal bond between land and table, bringing a lift to every meal, one jar at a time.


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