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Pick a Peck of Fickle Pickles on Small Business Saturday

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Pick a Peck of Fickle Pickles on Small Business Saturday

By Celestia Lyman

After the crushing crowds and big box stores of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (Nov. 28, 2015) is all about supporting your local community and small businesses and one of The Hill Country’s favorites is the Fickle Pickle. They have three convenient locations spread over The Hill Country to suit all of your shopping needs. All three locations house both their famous original sweet and spicy pickles, the extra spicy pickles, and their marinade, as well as a treasure trove of antiques to help you find the perfect gift.

Pick a Peck of Fickle Pickles on Small Business Saturday

Photo: FicklePickles.com

Fickle Pickles makes a great gift, but is also perfect to serve with your holiday meal. Serve it along with a cheese and appetizer tray, or use it to enhance the main course. The label suggests marinating meat in the juice or adding it to your salad. Their website also has a recipe for Fickle Pickle’s deviled eggs. Some customers get really creative and use it for various cocktails such as a bloody Mary, or a shot of whiskey with a Fickle Pickleback, or there is even a local restaurant that makes margaritas with the juice. The shaved ice vendor down the street also offers shaved ice with Fickle Pickle juice as a topping.

Fickle Pickles was started 31 years ago by Billie Shaw, who was known as The Pickle Lady of Boerne. She had been canning and pickling her entire adult life and giving her goods away to friends and they kept telling her she needed to sell her pickles because they were the best. She was a self-made woman, at one time owning a bar in San Antonio, and later opening an antique store in Boerne. The antique business started to slow down when the internet began to pick up speed, so she began to bring in cases of her locally famous pickles to sell and couldn’t keep them on the shelves. Fickle Pickle has since been featured on The Martha Stewart Show as well as in Southern Living Magazine and Food & Wine Magazine.

Pick a Peck of Fickle Pickles on Small Business Saturday
Photo: ficklepickles.com

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