June 25, 2019 – The Santa Cruz-born and Watsonville-based kraut company Farmhouse Culture, which pioneered probiotic-rich fresh kraut, is moving to the Midwest. Sunday is its last day at the Watsonville manufacturing plant and farm, owned by Dick Peixoto of Lakeside Organic Gardens.
Founder Kathryn Lukas says manufacturing will now be handled by the nation’s largest sauerkraut maker, Great Lakes Kraut Company in Bear Creek, Wisconsin. “Our move to Wisconsin was a fairly dramatic decision, it was hard,” she says.
Lukas explains that the business had long-ago outgrown its 26,000 square foot facility and 19-acre farm in Watsonville and was looking for a new home. “It was going to cost several million dollars to get a new factory up and running and we just couldn’t find a place that was … Read More