Our Story

If you had told us that we'd eventually start a pickle company we'd have laughed at you. But as things often do, one thing led to another, which led to another, and our part-time pickling hobby spiraled out of control into an obsession, and eventually into a full-time business.

We were making pickles, just for fun. Then one day, as we bit into a batch of what would later become our Jalapeno Honey Dills, we had a “Pickle Epiphany.” The pickles had such an awesome depth of flavor, amazing crunch, and looked gorgeous. We were hooked and that’s when the hobby started morphing into an obsession. For the next year and a half, we spent our free time dreaming up new pickle recipes and honing our craft. We still remained as passionate about this hobby as we had when we first had the Pickle Epiphany. Then, after giving out a batch as the favor at Justin’s wedding, the feedback from guests confirmed that we may be onto something.

So in 2012, we dove in head first by joining the local farmers market and quitting our jobs soon after. Telling our friends and family that we were quitting our jobs to “make pickles” - and maintain a straight face while saying it - was not easy. But, our passion for pursuing this dream was only matched by our stubbornness.

Lucky for us, our products were well-received and here we are several years later, still making pickles. But it has gone beyond pickles, as we have built the business in a way that makes a positive impact on our environment and our community. We are proudly a zero food-waste company that diverts 30,000 lbs of food scraps annually away from the landfill and into the capable hands of a local nonprofit partner, Re:Vision, that composts it for their urban farming initiatives. Additionally, we partner with one nonprofit each year through our Charitable Partner Program, and we raise about $10,000 per year for each local nonprofit. 

We are so grateful to all of you that have supported us along the way. Thank you!

Justin & Tyler

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