Our host from Season 1, Winemaker Garrett Martin hits the road to visit fermenters in the North Bay. Garrett was born and raised in California, living most of his years in Sonoma County. Garrett loves to learn. With a degree in psychology from Sonoma State, a career in winemaking (currently as the winemaker for Adobe Road Wines), and over a decade of experience as a musician leading church bands Garrett brings a relational, multifaceted curiosity to everything he does. He lives in Petaluma with his wife, two boys, two cows, a roost of chickens, and one impossible garden.
Food stylist, chef, and home fermenter, Joanna Badano invites us into her home to prepare unique recipes featuring fermented foods. Joanna is a professional food stylist, top-of-her-class graduate from Le Cordon Blue, and James Beard Award scholarship winner. When she's not in the studio, she's likely at home with her two daughters, teaching them a thing or two in the kitchen. Joanna began styling for our series last year and we just had to put her in front of the camera. (Note: Please change the copy on season 2 ep 1 page, under cast and crew, under Joanna Badano, to this paragraph)
Jennifer Harris starred in the debut episode of season one and taught us all how to pickle and ferment vegetables. She describes herself as a Bacteria Advocate and fermentation/pickling instructor. Discovering that "good bacteria" is necessary for our health, Jennifer set out on a mission to learn to preserve foods traditionally, including yogurt, sauerkraut, sour breads, pickles, wild sodas, cheese and more. Jennifer's love for fermentation started in college and her passion for it led her to the creation of the annual Farm to Fermentation Festival in Sonoma County. In addition to founding and organizing the festival, she teaches fermentation classes and makes chocolate. Jennifer narrates this season's segment, Fermented Science.
Spoiler Alert anchors Emily Somple and Brian Cary deliver the latest news in fermentation, delivering fun facts and controversial topics involving food preservation. Emily and Brian are both Sonoma County natives and fermented food and beverage enthusiasts. Emily explores and experiments with food on a regular basis, while Brian tends to favor distillation and brewing. In their spare time, Emily writes a food blog, Spoiled In Sonoma, and Brian is building a juice truck and creating content for a spirits magazine.