In a Pickle: A Fresh Start - Literally!
No stranger to the process, James grew up learning how to pickle foods with his grandmother and godmother in New England. Knowing that farmers were hit hard, they decided to help out and shopped local buying up $10 vegetable boxes to start their pickling journey. Soon they had pickled so many fresh vegetables they knew they had to spread the love! Jars of pickled squash and zucchini were distributed to their neighbors and friends, shortly after they were encouraged to start a business out of it.
Emboldened by their friends, Erica and James started a Facebook page and soon, what started as a hobby organically grew into a booming business. The pickled products are nothing like what his grandmother taught, they’re so fresh they can’t even sit on the shelf! FDA approved, they work out of a huge commercial kitchen where they prep and pickle an assortment of items. Their menu that started with six items has now grown to twenty, most of which got on the menu by customer request! Fan favorites vary, but in the pickle department people love the half sours and the spicy garlic, and their best selling vegetables are their beets and carrots.
Supporting Who Supports the Business
A Healthy Food Choice
They produce all of their items fresh, low sugar, low sodium, no preservatives. A repeat customer even told them that he was finally able to get rid of his heartburn medication after he realized their pickled foods were doing a better job at helping to control the discomfort! Erica, a medical professional by trade, explained the many benefits of pickled foods, especially for the gastrointestinal system. She even explained that multiple sclerosis patients can benefit from pickled foods… However, they have to be fresh – free of all the gunk they put in the pickled foods you find on many shelves.
Luckily for South Florida locals, In a Pickle can now be found in the refrigerated section of a few select markets. The delicious fresh made pickled goods are at both Living Green Fresh Markets (Oakland Park and Pompano Beach), at Bob Roth’s New River Groves, and at Dutchy’s Gourmet Sausages. The couple also sets up at local farmer’s markets often as well as offering contactless delivery in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Erica and James are also open to local collaborations and recently joined up with The Burger Beast for a DIY at home burger box.
Beyond Burger Topping
In a Pickle is a local business that blossomed out of acts of kindness, to help local farmers and distribute healthy foods to friends. In times of global unrest and pandemic chaos Erica and James had these words of advice to others wanting to start a business of their own “keep positive with it,keep up the momentum”. In a Pickle is both inspiring as it is appetizing!