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Written by jen480 on 22 May, 2007
My favorite time to visit Gruene is during Market Days, a monthly event that showcases arts and crafts by more than 100 artisans from around Texas. I find that it’s the perfect time to pick up western-style souvenirs for my non-Texas relatives. However, this past…Read More
My favorite time to visit Gruene is during Market Days, a monthly event that showcases arts and crafts by more than 100 artisans from around Texas. I find that it’s the perfect time to pick up western-style souvenirs for my non-Texas relatives. However, this past Saturday, I left with a little something for myself: a jar of pickles. Now these aren’t just any pickles, mind you, but some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Made by Fickle Pickles, a family-owned company based in Boerne, TX, these crunchy delights go from sweet to hand-me-a-glass-of-water spicy in a single bite. They’re perfectly crisp and juicy, and the combo of salty-sweetness is spot on. As I purchased a 16-ounce jar, manager Lisa Armstrong filled me in on the company’s history. It turns out that her mom, Billie Shaw, started Fickle Pickles in her home kitchen using an old family recipe. At first Billie would give jars of pickles to friends as gifts, but soon word spread, and the small operation outgrew the kitchen. Fickle Pickles eventually moved into a storefront (Carousel Antiques & Pickles) in Boerne, where Billie would make the pickles to order for customers. This became so labor intensive that the company eventually opened a pickle plant in Boerne that cranks out 40+ gallons of pickles a week. In July of last year, Fickle Pickles opened a second location in Gruene, which, like the Boerne location, sells antiques. A weird combination indeed, but somehow the prominently stacked display of pickle jars works well alongside the shop’s collection of antique school desks, pie cabinets, and an old wooden airplane propeller. Even if you’re unable to make it to either of the company’s brick-and-mortar stores, you can order by phone and have pickles shipped anywhere in the world. Fickle Pickles make a great finger food, but Lisa also recommends putting them in salads and sandwiches. The leftover pickle juice can also be used as a marinade. Even as a write this, I can feel my mind gravitating toward the kitchen and the leftover egg-salad I made earlier using—you guessed it—Fickle Pickles.For more information on Fickle Pickles, visit www.ficklepickles.com or call (877) 249-9306. Fickle Pickles are available at Fickle Pickles Antiques & Pickles in Gruene (1720 Hunter Road) and Carousel Antiques & Pickles (118 S. Main St.) in Boerne. Close