My time spent on my porch, fondly known to those who know me as “Porchtime”, is my inspiration for the name of my fledgling pickle company “Porchtime Pickles”.
I was seeking an idea for a Farmer’s Market booth product and approached Catt White from the Little Italy Mercato. I had originally wanted to sell roasted nuts, but she poo-pooed it and suggested that her customers really wanted an excellent pickle. Hmmm, I thought. I think I can do that.
I began researching pickling in general and found a commercial kitchen I could use, Just Call Us Kitchen Rental, and decided that I needed to grow my own cucumbers to really keep the project super fresh, local and luscious.
I have started 30 baby cucumber plants that I have literally “babied” throughout the chilly winter, Moving them from my bedroom to the sunshine on the porch every day there is any. Cucumbers are such a warm weather plant that taking great care of the seedlings was a must. Now they have started getting their second true leaves and I have hardened them off by leaving them outside more and more.
This week, I will be planting my Dill and preparing the ground for planting. I want to be ready to plant as soon as it is warm enough.
Throughout the spring, I will be testing out recipes for my pickles and using friends and family as my testers. So if you like pickled produce, you better be my friend 🙂
I have all kinds of ideas for other foods I can pickle. Mostly vegetables that I’m growing like Beets. But the options are endless. By the end of summer, I hope to have my pickles at 3 or more San Diego Farmer’s Markets and spreading the Pickle Love!