Kenchi Ferments Spices Up The Charleston’s Farmer Market


The Kenchi Ferments Stand at the market (Photo by Katie Panopoulos)

The Charleston Farmer’s Market features stands for breakfast, lunch, smoothies, snacks and even spices — each with a unique twist to set it apart from the rest of the options. Each tent offers something different, from a waffle on a stick to a freshly squeezed lemonade. But if you are in the mood for something more spontaneous, try some kimchi from the Kenchi Ferments stand.

This is Ken Jaimes’s second year with his cleverly named kimchi stand. For those of you who have not hopped on the kimchi bandwagon yet, it is a fermented Korean side dish that consists of varied spices and vegetables. If you are into spicy foods, then kimchi is right up your alley. The stand’s workers explained why they chose Charleston.

“There is great food traffic in Charleston, you really can’t beat it,” one of the workers said. “The volume of this farmer’s market is much larger than any other one we have participated in. We sell two-thirds times the amount here than any other farmer’s market we have been at.”


The stand’s kimchi products can last up to six months refrigerated. (Photo by Katie Panopoulos)

Kenchi Ferments wants to educate the public about what kimchi is, which is partly why they participate in the market. Currently, they offer seven different flavors from Mustard Kale Kenchi to Tumeric Tomatoes Kenchi. They also serve fruity options, such as the Pomegranate Kenchi. Unfortunately, the pomegranate crowd pleaser is only seasonal. The spicier Kenchi is the most popular, since most people eating kimchi are looking for a little extra kick in their meal.

Kimchi is a great way to add some extra flavor to your diet. It is not only a healthy way to spice up your food, but a pretty way as well. Their kimchi can last up to six months in the refrigerator, so it is the perfect household ingredient with a long shelf life.

Next time you find yourself at the Charleston Farmer’s Market, take a sample from Kenchi Ferments and make your tongue sizzle. With Thanksgiving and the holidays right around the corner, grab a jar of bright colored kimchi to bring home as a great gift to your family to try out on some holiday meals.

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