Thanks for coming to the 2024 Fermentation Fest!

Read on for some special thank you gifts and some more information on Appalachian sour corn. 

Sour corn is one of my very favorite things to make with sweet, fresh summertime corn, and it has a long history in the southern Appalachian mountains. Sweet corn tends to go starchy not long after harvest, but fermenting it helps keep it crisp and tasty for longer. 

To learn more about how I make sour corn, check out this step by step guide (including a how-to video, and my recipe for corncob stock!)

To learn more about the history of sour corn, take a peek at this article I wrote for Southern Living. 

And, for more on Appalachian ferments, check out my class on Preserves of the Southern Appalachians. (Use the discount code FERMFEST24 to get this class for free!)

I lead events, offer consulting, and can perform research and write up findings for your own food-related projects! 

Learn more about my current event offerings here, including ready-made workshops I can do for you, and please shoot me an email ( if you’d like me to consult on your next project!

If you’re a fellow writer, I also offer writing coaching, to help you learn the same techniques that have transformed my writing practice and made it possible for me to write multiple (award winning!) books and share the work I love with the world. I’d love to work with you, too!

Learn more about how I support my fellow writers, and use the discount code FERMFEST24 for $200 per month off Stellaria, my customized writing coaching program.

About me:

Julia Skinner, PhD is an award-winning food writer and culinary business owner, writing coach, fermentation educator, and food historian. 

Her latest book, Our Fermented Lives, won a silver Nautilus medal and earned her the title of Finalist for both Georgia Author of the Year and the IACP Cookbook Awards. 

Skinner is currently working on her next two books, the Essential Food Preserving Handbook and the Magic of Fermentation oracle cards, to be published by Storey.

Skinner is the owner of Root, Atlanta’s fermentation and food history company, which offers classes, consulting, research services, and a food-focused newsletter.

She has a PhD in Library & Information Science, and lives between Atlanta, GA and Cork, Ireland. 

Clips can be found here, a full CV can be found here, and newsletter is here.

Social: @bookishjulia/@rootkitchens/@yourrootsandbranches