Local food activist, Michael Pollan once said, “Shake the hand that feeds you.” On this day of October 12th, or National Farmers Day- we want to take some time to not only shake the hands that feed us but to also give them some love. We are advocates for this message and way of life here at Green River Picklers. The farmers who supply us are our friends and we really cannot thank them enough for the hard work they put into feeding our community.
In August & September, when local produce is coming in faster than you can say cucumber- we sourced 4,908.5 lbs (2.5 tons) of locally grown vegetables! And that’s not including our partnership with Bradford Watermelons- 65 watermelons averaging 10 lbs per melon = 6,500 lbs. (or 3 tons)!
Throughout the year of 2015, we’ve supported over 20 local farms from Western North Carolina and parts of South Carolina. During September, we worked with 5 local farms to produce our regular pickled vegetables (3 cuke styles, okra, beets, beans, and jalapenos) and some new items too (chow chow, peaches, cauliflower, watermelon rind, pepperoncini’s, and more is coming like our Ciola’s Giardiniera).
From Farm, to Jar, to You… now, that’s a clean pickle.
Pickles Full Circle
With every jar of pickles we make, we want to know that everything we are doing is coming back full circle. From supplying our local community with healthy options, to supporting local farmers, to only using domestically made jars, and minimizing waste as much as possible- we want to create the world’s cleanest conscious pickle company one jar at a time.
We’ve always said, “Our pickles are as honest as grandma’s”, we’re pickling in the same fashion as the generations before us- with local, honest, & simple ingredients. (To the right sits Co-Founder, Brandi Morrow, with piles of crates that the local produce is delivered in, and that’s not all of them.)
From Purple Heirloom, Organic Okra, to Green Tomatoes, to Bradford Watermelons
We want to introduce you to some of the farmers we’ve been working with the past couple of months. They’re great people, with great business ethics, and it’s an honor to work with them.
Our purple okra (pictured left) is from Crescent Farm in South Clinton, South Carolina. Margie has been growing food since she can remember. She started working for Harlow Farms (one of the very first organic farms) out of New England in 1991. She’s loved working the land her whole life, and it shows- ain’t that okra pretty?!
A Southern Dream Come True: Pickled Watermelon Rind- If you haven’t heard about our working with Bradford Watermelons, you should read this story. They were on the search for a pickle producer to help utilize the whole crop with no waste & found us on Instagram (@grpicklers). We are so happy they did.
Gladheart Farms, truly does make your heart & pickles glad. We’ve been working with them for a few years now- they put the pep in our peppers! We source jalapeños, saronno peppers, sweet red peppers, and okra from them. They’re local to the Asheville area and you can find them at various tailgate markets throughout the week.
One of our main suppliers, Whispersholler Farms, works with local veteran farmers to grow some excellent produce. Chances are if you’ve had our pickles, you’ve had their produce. We have sourced just about everything from Kendall Huntley including, tons of cucumbers, green tomatoes, okra, beets, cayenne peppers, habaneros, and cabbage for our Underground Kraut.
HighValley Farms, has a kindred business spirit. They started their farm because they decided that the best way to know what they ate, was to grow it themselves. We sourced cucumbers and for the first time ever- 20 lbs of tomatillo’s for a little pickling experiment.
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