Pete Halupka and Lindsay Whiteaker, Harvest Roots Ferments, Mentone, AL, USA

Q: When did you first discover kombucha?

Pete discovered Kombucha at some random Brooklyn bodega when he was hungover. Lindsay discovered kombucha pretty much the same way.

Q: Why did you start your own Kombucha company?

We didn’t. We started a fermentation company together and kombucha fell under that umbrella. We love to make our kombucha very dry and with bioregional, abundant herbs like Elderberry or Lemongrass or Red Clover and etc. We prefer to lessen the amount of sugar in our kombucha as much as humanly possible. We pride ourselves on that and natural effervescence.

Q: What is your favorite flavor of kombucha? (a brand that is not your own)?

We both love Lenny Boy’s Beet and Ginger when its just hit the shelf.

Q: What is your former/current other life or career?

Lindsay and I were farmers that always sold fermented products at our table. But then the customers wanted those products more than Kale.

Q: What is a saying that you live by?

Right on.