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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Special Edition - Tortuga Thursday on Sunday

 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.

Yesterday was my birthday and as hard as I tried to ignore it, others wouldn't. Yet I have to say, WOW what a birthday. I got to celebrate several times between Wednesday and today. But the day of my big day was...a big day.

We were back at the Prescott Farmers' Market and felt so welcome. Customers stopped and bought pickles like they'd been dying for a fix. We met lots of new people too. One woman walked up to our booth with such purpose I asked her if she'd had our pickles before. She said no but that she'd been out to eat at a restaurant in Prescott and ordered fried pickles. The waitress told her she was now spoiled and could only eat Pirate Pickles. So this lady made a point of coming to get our Salty Dogs. What a compliment.

We also launched our IndieGoGo campaign. That's the big reason for this special edition. Crowdfunding has become quite the rage. Several people suggested to us that we should try it out so we can expand and get our pickles on the shelf. We've had a couple of stores ask us if we'd like to put our Pirate Pickles and Relish on their shelves but until we have a commercial kitchen, we can't. So, hmmm...how to accomplish that with nothing in the bank but love. The answer is hopefully crowdfunding. The idea is to set a goal and then offer perks for those who'd like to contribute to the cause. IndieGoGo of course gets a cut of what we raise. We have 40 days to meet our goal. They get a bigger cut if we don't reach it. We aren't trying to fund the commercial kitchen this year - that would be too much to raise. But we are aiming to up our production, get the equipment and materials to do that, and then reinvest toward that kitchen next year. Well, look at the campaign and you'll learn the whole story. Maybe you'd like some Pirate Pickles and a Pirate T-shirt. Thanks!

IndieGoGo Campaign for Pirate Pickles

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