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Thursday, May 8, 2014

PIRATE PICKLE PREMIER

  Tortuga Thursday
In 2012, on the plains of Northern Arizona, two families joined forces and began the trials and tribulations of building a small family farm with nothing in the bank but love.
In two days, Pirate Pickling Company will make its debut at the Prescott Farmers Market. What's a Pirate Pickle and how did it come about? The recipe is a secret and discovered in a forgotten chest hidden...I don't know the whole story. Our web site is still under construction, but the tale will be unveiled in the coming weeks. http://www.piratepickling.com/

There were hurdles to clear and hoops to jump through, but we finally got all the paperwork done. We had to be approved by Yavapai County as a home business. Lance and Frank met with five county managers, spent a couple of hours submitting our plans and won their approval. The Prescott Farmers Market application was submitted. They wanted another type of permit from Yavapai County - more paperwork but we cleared that application also. We sent our pickles off to a lab out of state for testing. They were deemed shelf stable with an excellent rating. Ready to go!

We had one more decision to make - give out samples or not? If we give out samples, we have to have a hand washing station, more equipment for safe keeping and food handlers permits. But that isn't why we decided against, at least for now. Because this is our first year, we don't have a ton of product. Opening jars of pickles every Saturday will deplete our jars of pickles and relish quickly. Our pickles and relish are very unique in flavor, but hopefully we can convince market goers to try them without a taste. AND they're made with ingredients grown on our farm without pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We don't use alum in the processing either. We're all natural.

Salty Dogs in two styles (regular and Old World and the name says it all)
Kraken's Breath in two styles (regular and Old World - this is a spicy hot pickle)
Walk the Plank (dill slices)
Captains Reserve Relish in two flavors, spicy hot and sweet dill

What is Old World? Before crunch became more important than flavor, pickles were firm and tasty. But they didn't "crunch". Our Old World style pickles take on more flavor from the recipe. Our crunchy ones are delicious, but the Old World have a deeper flavor.

The Prescott Farmers Market is every Saturday for the next several months and is open 7:30 am to 12:30 at the Yavapai College. If you're in Arizona, we hope to see you there.

16 comments:

  1. Brenda, you're making me hungry. I adore pickles! I'd be over in a heartbeat just on your description. Sadly, I'm in Washington state. Congrats on the official business. :)

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  2. Your pickles sound wonderfully delicious! All best wishes for a sold-out season! BTW, I've found word of mouth at farmer's markets sell more product than samples...you may want to consider sharing your product with one or two established vendors, or even the market's coordinator. Best wishes!

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    1. What a great idea, Ashantay! We'll try that.

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  3. I'm a huge pickle fan, and yours sound delicious! Good luck with the farmers' market.

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  4. Sounds yummy! Best of luck in your first Market of the season!

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  5. Great excerpt. It sounds like this story is filled with mystery, and danger. Hope the two families are up for this adventure. Good luck with sales.

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  6. The pickles sound so good! Maybe you could start an internet business......?

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    1. We will some day, Ilona. It takes a hunk of money to comply with all the selling standards for the internet when you sell processed food.

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  7. I'm like everyone else: a pickle fan from way back! These sound wonderful!

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    1. They are unique, Liz and everyone who's tasted love them.

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  8. I wish I was local so I could come try them!
    Congrats on the new endeavor and I wish you the best of luck winning over the market shoppers!

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