Founders

Hi! We’re Scott and Cathy Grzybek, and our story is a fairly simple one – perhaps, in many ways, like yours.

We’re just normal people. We’re both from rural, small-town Pennsylvania, and we had normal educations, worked normal jobs, and generally lived the good, hard-working lives expected of us. But over the years, as we got older and perhaps a bit wiser, we realized that our food sources weren’t working in our best interest.

Perhaps like yourself, we dabbled with health foods, jetting from one fad to another, but never really understanding WHAT was healthy, or what “health food” really was. All we knew was that the highly processed food and the confusion in our lives sure wasn’t making us healthier – just more out of shape than ever before.

Sometimes, though, things have a way of working themselves out. We were lucky enough to be able to move out to the beautiful Eastern Pennsylvania countryside, and we also found out about a way of living based on the whole food diets our ancestors ate. Armed now with a bit of land to play with and better knowledge than we ever had before, we quickly started growing everything we could. And it made all the difference for us.

But, food doesn’t store itself, and it doesn’t come out of the ground in a convenient fashion either. So, we learned about the ancient art of fermentation as the most natural, healthy way of preserving these wonderful gifts from our garden. And a love affair was born.

So, that’s where the idea for Zukay started. We couldn’t keep it to ourselves, and we wanted to pass on this most awesome way of eating and drinking to every one. We hope you love our products and appreciate the aura of love and gratitude we put into every bottle, and that we can be an important part of your path to a much healthier, happier you!

All our love,

Scott, Cathy, Jacob, and Noah Grzybek

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Hello from the Grzybeks!
Hello from the Grzybeks!

Our Mission

It’s pretty simple, and real honest…

We want to make the health benefits (and taste benefits) of raw, fermented vegetables available to everyone, and in ways people already eat and drink, so you can fit them into your daily diet real easily.

That’s it, and it’s pretty straight forward and easy to understand.

But if we can do it, we’ll have served you, and humanity in general! And isn’t that what this should all be about anyway?

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Our Location

We had to locate out in the country, so we could use well water that was completely chlorine- and fluorine-free. We were lucky enough to find a nice little space in the beautiful Butter Valley right on the edge of rural Berks and Montgomery counties here in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside of Eastern PA. We love our little country location and the pretty hills surrounding our place

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Beautiful Butter Valley!
Beautiful Butter Valley!

Our Ingredients

It takes a lot to make Veggie•Biotic drinks and salads, and if you’re going to make the world’s healthiest beverages, you probably should use the world’s best ingredients. So, most of our ingredients are raw, organic vegetables, and are bought locally in-season whenever possible from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op.

We do have a few dry roots, herbs and spices in our products, and we are very proud that they all come from Mountain Rose Herbs, one of the world’s purest and most eco-conscious purveyors of herbs and spices.

We do add a touch of raw, organic, green stevia herb to our kvasses to give them a more approachable, gentle flavor. Our stevia is totally unprocessed, raw and green, unlike the stevia extract most companies use. It’s as pure as all our other ingredients.

We also add a small amount of salt, which is necessary for fermentation. That being said, we use only Celtic Sea Salt from Selina Naturally – so it’s full of the entire range of natural minerals found in this tremendous ingredient.

We are proud of all our ingredients, and we want you to feel as confident as possible that you’re getting the best nature has to offer!

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Veggie•Biotics™

TOTAL RAW VEGGIE NUTRITION + NATURALLY OCCURRING PROBIOTICS

Your ancestors were strong, vibrant people.

They not only survived famines, floods, wars, and beasts – they THRIVED to create great civilizations, explore distant lands, and become us.

They didn’t suffer from today’s maladies of obesity, type II diabetes, IBS, etc. Food may not have always been plentiful, but every drop of it was organic, pure, unprocessed, and, very often, probiotic .

They knew raw, fermented vegetables, in all their forms, were life-giving and sustaining, and generally healthier than unfermented raw vegetables. They knew these jewels kept them strong year-round, and they became a central part of their diet – and often even their culture.

THIS ANCESTRAL HEALTH AND WISDOM IS THE HEART AND SOUL OF VEGGIE•BIOTICS

When you’re talking about Veggie•Biotics, you’re talking real, traditional, life sustaining food. Zukay’s Veggie•Biotic kvass drinks and salad dressings are made only from raw, organic, farm fresh veggies that are fermented in the ancient traditions, using only wild cultures we hand-batch ourselves.

Why does this mean so much? Probiotics have become huge news in the natural food world, and for good reason – they’re necessary for good health, and the modern American’s guts are under siege. But they’re not all made equally. While many companies offer all kinds of lab-made lactobacilli and probiotic blends, Veggie•Biotics like Zukay’s kvass and salad dressings offer you the original probiotic – the one that kept mankind healthy and vibrant for millennia. The only other thing you get from Veggie-Biotics is something you want and need – a tremendous amount of pure, untouched raw vegetable nutrition. Our Veggie•Biotic products have no added sugars, no fillers, no natural or artificial flavors, gelatins, or any
other ingredient that you just don’t need.

So enjoy the purity and health of Zukay’s Veggie•Biotic products! And enjoy our true return to our ancestral, real, vibrant selves!

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