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A tasty fermented, cultured lemon spread that everybody can love whether they are vegan, paleo, allergic to soy, nuts, or gluten.
A tasty fermented, cultured lemon spread that everybody can love whether they are vegan, paleo, allergic to soy, nuts, or gluten.
483 backers pledged $18,781 to help bring this project to life.

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Do you have friends or family who are vegan, or gluten-free? How about the folks who are allergic to soy or nuts? Got an uncle who can't have sugar? Or is your buddy on a paleo or keto diet? How the heck do you please everybody if you want to have a dinner party?

Well, Lemonayo is your culinary solution! It was created to bring people together regardless of their dietary preferences, so that you can prepare a meal for your guests to sit around the table and be delighted by deliciousness.

Created by a Chef & Nutritionist

Karen is a classically trained chef, certified nutritionist, passionate fermenter, and founder of Kraut Source. For months, she worked obsessively on perfecting the recipe for Lemonayo because she wanted to create a culture-rich condiment that will make any dish more delectable and healthy. 

Lemonayo is yummy, pairs with almost everything, and is really really GOOD for you. Yeah! It is way beyond just a spread. It is a nutrient-dense condiment that is also a symbol of community, sustainability, and our relationship with live-cultures (probiotics) that maintain good gut health. 

 Why is Lemonayo a Nutrient-Dense Condiment? 

  • It is fermented for a month to ensure development of probiotics.
  • It is made with whole lemons, including the peel and pith, which is where most of the vitamin C and polyphenols reside.
  • It is made with extra-virgin olive oil that provides omegas-3, 6, and 9.
  • With each bite, you are getting probiotics, vitamins, minerals, flavanoids, essential fatty acids, fiber, and total satisfaction for your taste buds!

 Why did Karen create Lemonayo?

Slow and Hand-Made in Small Batches

Making Lemonayo is a slow and careful process. In order to properly preserve the whole lemons, onions, and garlic, and to allow development of its unique, rich flavors, we must be patient and allow a batch to ferment for an entire month. Then we process each batch by hand and add in our special blend of spices, extra-virgin olive oil, and sesame paste. We taste test every batch and hand pack every jar ourselves.

Testimonials

"I really appreciate Lemonayo because it uses the whole lemon, which, from a nutritional standpoint is definitely ideal. Lemonayo is absolutely a unique product!" 

                          - Andrew Renard, Lead Fermenter at Three Stone Hearth, Berkeley, CA

"The amount of time it is fermented really brings out an amazing complexity and depth of flavor that is absolutely intangible."  

                                      - Spencer Crane, Executive Chef at KitchenTown, San Mateo, CA

"There is nothing quite like Lemonayo on the market right now! The  flavor and texture are absolutely amazing- we've enjoyed using it as a  dip, on top of baked salmon, mixed into veggie dishes, and so much more.  The best part? It's loaded with micronutrients, probiotics, and immune  boosting properties from the fermented lemons, garlic and onions.  Lemonayo is truly a gem!"

                                      - Caitlin Crowell, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Denver, CO

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Sustainable and Organic

Our raw ingredients are sourced from farmers/suppliers that really care about the environment and are stewards of the land for the benefit of generations to come.

Meet some of our suppliers:

Rancho del Sol Organics in Jamul, CA (Organic Meyer and Sorrento lemons)

DMS Ranch in Sebastopol, CA (Organic Meyer lemons)

Earl's Organics in San Francisco, CA (Organic garlic,onions,lemons)

Séka Hills in Capay Valley, CA (Extra-virgin olive oil)

Lemonayo is not only a jar of yummy goodness, it is also a symbol of community! 

By becoming a backer, you are saying Yes! to our vision of sharing thoughtfully crafted foods made with ingredients that support health and a re-connection to nature.

We are honored to be a member of the Good Food Guild whose ethos include "to create and share the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible."

Collaborators Who Share Our Vision

Because we want to bring together people who appreciate slow and good, it is also reflected in the collaborators who will create items for our reward levels.

Meet Theresa Petry, founder of The Organic Pantry. She and her team hand-make and bake the Rosemary Flaxseed Crackers for Reward #4.

Meet Cecile Vidican, the artist who created the original, hand-drawn illustration for our Lemonyfare Recipe Book. Our Reward #5 features this in printed form.

Cecile hand drawing lemons for our recipe book
Cecile hand drawing lemons for our recipe book

Meet Cole Holliday, our craftsman from Wisconsin who will hand carve your spoon when you choose Reward Level #8.

Hand-carved spoon made of birch
Hand-carved spoon made of birch

Meet Christina Weber of StudioPatro who designed the apron for our Reward #9:

Designed, cut and sewn in San Francisco. This 100% linen apron is perfect for cooking or crafting. Machine washable and durable.
Designed, cut and sewn in San Francisco. This 100% linen apron is perfect for cooking or crafting. Machine washable and durable.

Where is Lemonayo Made?

We cut, squeeze, ferment, blend, and bottle at KitchenTown, a co-op commercial kitchen space that supports independent food-makers, offers mentorship to startups, and provides classes to the community.

Reward Levels 

Please choose a reward level and help us bring Lemonayo into the world, and become a part of our endeavor to make good food that is organic, sustainable, and community-based.

What will we do with the Kickstarter funds?

A successful campaign will allow us to purchase high-quality equipment that will not compromise our dedication to quality. We will purchase food-grade stainless steel tanks and other processing tools that minimize plastic contact with food. And we will pack Lemonayo in glass jars in keeping with commitment to sustainability.

Special thanks to everyone who supported the making of our video:

Videography & photography - Albert Law

Music - by Evereddi Brothers © Xenofonix Music 2018

Logo Design - Hovin Wang

A few of the video participants:

   Chau Wansze: chauwansze.com

   Milton Williams: Find his culinary creations @mani_feast 

   June and Greg Dotson: http://www.d-visionmetal.com/

On location lemon farm:

   DMS Ranch: http://meyerlemons.us/

A little more...

Lemonayo's website is:https://lemonayo.com/

This is Karen's second time on Kickstarter. She launched the successful Kraut Source campaign in 2014 and has been in the business and passion of fermentation ever since. Both Kraut Source and Lemonayo are projects of Cultured Gourmet LLC, which is a small company based in San Francisco. Its mission is to bring the goodness of fermentation to everyone, while also supporting efforts of entities that strive to make our planet a better place, such as the Pachamama Alliance.

Note to our International Kickstater community:

Because Lemonayo is a heat-senstive food product, we can only ship within the United States right now. We apologize for the inconvenience. But if you would like to get recipes, cooking videos, and all things lemon, please sign up at www.lemonayo.com.

Risks and challenges

I've been a chef for years, cooking in 5-star restaurants, and also being a culinary instructor. But I have never produced a food product for the marketplace. Although we have perfected our recipe, stepping into large-scale production while maintaining a high-quality product that is made by hand will be a learning curve that we are excited to take on. It is our intention to be completely transparent in our journey and share the challenges, triumphs, and comic moments too! : )
Thank you for your encouragement and support!

Karen Diggs
Chief Fermentation Officer

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    #1 Just a Squeeze

    Digital copy of our Lemonyfare Recipe Book with mouthwatering images and 20 unique recipes using Lemonayo and lemons + Backer Updates

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    • Backer Updates
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
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    #2 Early Bird - Get Zesty

    Be the first to get a jar (10 oz.) of Lemonayo at this very very very special price which INCLUDES shipping!
    (in the US only)

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
    • Free shipping
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    #3 Lemon Me

    Yay! You will receive a jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.), plus a digital copy of our Lemonyfare Recipe Book

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    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
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    #4 Twist & Crunch

    One jar of Lemonayo + a pack of Rosemary Flaxseed Crackers (Organic, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan)

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Rosemary Flaxseed Crackers from The Organic Pantry (Gluten Free)
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    #5 Pulp & Pucker

    A jar of Lemonayo + a printed version of our Lemonyfare Recipe Book for those who like tactile sensations! Flip through our mouthwatering recipes and images with your bare hands. It will make it easy to follow our lemony recipes step-by-step. (You also get the downloadable version too.)

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
    • Printed copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
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    #6 Lemon Lover

    Live it up with 3 jars of Lemonayo just in time to serve with your holiday meals! All your guests will love it whether they are vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, or unidentified. (And it's also 12% off of regular price!)

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
    • 3 jars of Lemonayo (10 oz. each)
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    #7 Lemon Fermenter

    A jar of Lemonayo + a Kraut Source fermentation top + Kraut Source Recipe Book (full-color, printed) so that you can easily make delicious sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, and other fermented goodies at home using mason jars. This is a great choice for fermentation enthusiasts!
    (This is 15% off of retail price!)

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
    • Kraut Source fermentation top
    • Kraut Source Recipe Book (full-color, printed)
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    #8 Citrus & Craft

    A jar of Lemonayo + a one-of-a-kind hand carved wooden spoon from our favorite craftsman, Cole Holliday.
    Because it is truly hand-made, each spoon will be as unique as you. Made from birch with a long handle, perfect to scoop out every last bit of Lemonayo from your jar!

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Hand-carved birch wood long handle spoon
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
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    #9 Citrusy Chef

    A jar of Lemonayo + a hand-finished 100% linen apron made in San Francisco embroidered with our golden heart. Whether you are cooking, grilling, or crafting, you will be comfortable and stylish.

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
    • Hand-finished Linen Apron
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    #10 Eureka!

    Can't decide which level to back? Then this is the perfect level for gifting to yourself or someone you want to make very happy!

    Includes:
    • Backer Updates
    • A jar of Lemonayo (10 oz.)
    • Rosemary Flaxseed Crackers from The Organic Pantry (Gluten Free)
    • Digital copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
    • Kraut Source fermentation top
    • Kraut Source Recipe Book (full-color, printed)
    • Hand-finished Linen Apron
    • Printed copy of Lemonyfare Recipe Book
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    #11 Cultured Citron Gourmet Feast for 10

    The ultimate citrus culinary experience for you and nine of your friends. Delight in an eight-course meal prepared by Karen and her team. All dishes feature lemons, and seasonal, organic ingredients paired with wine. Each guest will also be gifted a jar of Lemonayo and printed Lemonyfare Recipe Book.
    Location: KitchenTown in San Mateo, CA
    (The venue will be reserved for your party only.)
    Redeemable from January 2019 to December 2019. Must give one-month advance notice.
    Does not include airfare or accommodations.

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Funding period

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