Ferments Currently Available for Purchase
(in metro Phoenix, AZ)
Rock the Biome is now offering organic sourdough! We started our cottage bakery in November of 2023 dba Desert Rise Bakery!
Our menu changes monthly, with a special Boule of the Month. January's boule is Elote!
Mexican Street Corn Sourdough
Organic unbleached flour, organic khorasan flour, filtered water, cotija cheese, organic corn, organic cilantro, organic chili powder
Water Kefir (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)
Water kefir is a wonderful probiotic drink which, like milk kefir, contains beneficial bacteria as well as beneficial yeasts (so overlooked and so vital for optimal health!), and without the vinegary taste of kombucha. Please allow 2-5 days for your order to be ready; sometimes there is a waiting list. If you would like to taste certain flavors, let us know and you can stop by for a tasting (northeast Chandler).
All ingredients in our water kefirs are organically grown and purchased from reliable sources, locally grown when possible. We ferment with organic cane sugar and organic coconut palm sugar (tiny amount). The sugar is consumed during fermentation, however, there is no way for us to measure whether any may be left in the end product.
Bacteria/yeasts found in water kefir:
Lc. citreum 
Bifidobacterium aquikefiri 
Dekkera bruxellensis 
Lb. casei subsp. Ramos
Lb. casei subsp. tolerant
Lb. coraciiform subsp. torquens
Lb. hilarities 
Lb. homophobia 
Lb. pseudo plantarum
Lactobacillus casei subsp.casei
Lachancea fermentati 
Zygotorulaspora ﬂorentina 
Species vary in different grains. Without (extremely) pricey lab testing, it's not possible to know what species each individual family of grains have, but all families have beneficial species.
Species without references were taken from the Fermentation Certification Course that i attended, many of which can also be found here.
Why Drink Kefir?
Kefirs are found to cause apoptosis (death) of cancer cells.
Kefir helps reverse metabolic syndrome.
Water kefir inhibits certain breast cancer cells and keeps it from metastasizing.
Kefir helps reduce anxiety and cognition impairments from nicotine withdrawals.
Kefir contains the mighty bifidobacteria which performs a number of roles including: "the production and/or liberation of B vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols, and conjugated linoleic acids; maturation of the immune system during early life and preservation of immune homeostasis during life; preservation of gut barrier functions and protection against pathogens by producing bacteriocins, decreasing luminal pH by the production of acids, and blocking the adhesion of pathogens to the intestinal mucosa."
Probiotics consumed in fermented foods and beverage are found to inoculate the gut far better than lab-grown probiotic pill supplements.
Fermented foods are considered more beneficial than probiotic pills for many other reasons.
Probiotic diversity is key to good health.
Water kefir is delicious!