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Fall 2017 Mercantile 

Check out our editors' favorite equipment choices for the home and garden this season, including our favorite weeding tool, a great vermicomposting bin, an upcycled bat house, and more

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Fall 2017

Photo by Mortier Pilon 



Here at Heirloom Gardener, we’ve started brewing kombucha. Those of us who enjoy the fermented beverage look forward to sharing some on hot afternoons after working in the office garden. We use the 5-liter Mortier Pilon Kombucha Brewing Jar ($59.95), which is the first fermentation crock designed specifically for kombucha. The interior of the jar is 100-percent glass, and the white components on the outside of the crock are made of nonreactive, BPA-free plastic. The jar’s cloth filter allows air to move freely in and out of the jar, and the chalkboard surface around the edge of the lid allows us to record the date and flavor of each batch. There’s also a tap valve, which makes pouring ourselves a drink easy without all the mess of removing the SCOBY. Our brewing vessel even came with a recipe booklet. We’ve enjoyed this crock so much that we decided to carry it in our store, beside a plethora of gardening books and tools.




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