Saturday Farmers’ Market Vendor Feature: Bouche Kombucha
For the last Saturday market of 2019, we’re featuring Bouche Kombucha! With a passion for community and sustainability, they make delicious, high-quality kombucha packaged in beautiful refillable bottles. Read on for our interview with Jessie, the amazing lady behind Bouche, to learn more about her story and head on down to the market on November 30th to have a chat and sip some kombucha!
How did you start making kombucha?
Two years ago I was buying a lot of kombucha and generating a lot of unnecessary waste from single-use beverage containers. I wanted to stop that cycle, so I tried brewing it at home. After some internet-research, I grew a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) and produced my first batch. Learning to brew and experimenting with flavours each week was rewarding— and I loved sharing it with friends and family. My friends who enjoyed all the free booch were super supportive and encouraged me to produce more and start selling it to them— and thus, Bouche was born.
Is there anything you want people to know about Bouche?
Whether you drink kombucha or not, my hope is that we as a community continue to question the consumer behaviours we engage in and see where we may be able to make better choices. For instance, shopping at farmers markets to support local businesses and the local food system. Or, avoiding companies that rely on plastic or have unsustainable and harmful business practices. Bouche will continue to explore how to work towards a more equitable and sustainable food system.
What are your most popular flavours and what’s your personal favourite?
Roseberry, a combination of organic raspberries and dried rose petals was a fan favourite this summer. Currently, Orange-Turmeric (yet to be officially named) is in high-demand and it’s my personal favourite with its vibrant, balanced flavour profile and health-promoting qualities. We’re selling out at every market!
How did you come up with your logo?
The Bouche logo is ever-evolving and reflects the many different types of mouths that might greet kombucha on their lips. From sticky notes stuck onto bottles to hand-painted labels on craft paper—the logo currently used on our hangtags & shirts was painted by my partner Patrick.
Where else can you be found other than the UBC Farm Saturday Market?
Follow us on Instagram @bouchebooch for the latest updates. We are at Riley Park (Nat Bailey Stadium) and Hastings Park Farmers Markets all winter season. Find our schedule on our website or the Vancouver Farmers Market website.
Bouche Kombucha will be at the UBC Farm Saturday Farmers’ Market on November 30th (also the last market of the season).