Where do the pickles come from?
A customer walked up to the pickle stand at the Carousel Farmers' Market in Asbury Park and asked "Where do your pickles come from?" I told him they come from cucumbers, specifically kirbys which are small, crunchy cucumbers. The customer told me that he was asking where they come from, not what they come from.
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Jaker's Pickles got its start in the summer of 2007, when I got an email from the manager of the Woodbridge Farmers' Market. He was asking if anyone knew a pickle vendor that could participate in the new market on Saturday mornings. The first thing that came to my mind was "I could do this", have some fun and bring pickled pleasure to the people of New Jersey.
After giving some thought to making the pickles myself, I decided to take a trip to the Lower East Side of Manhattan to visit my friend Alan Kaufman, the most famous pickle man in the area and get his advice. Alan makes pickles on Essex St., the last pickle man left in the neighborhood that once was the pickle center of the New World and home to many Eastern European immigrants. After spending a few minutes with The Pickle Guys, I realized that I could never make pickles as well as Alan and his crew, so the decision was made to bring real Lower East Side Kosher pickles to the market in New Jersey.
Today Jaker's Pickles is mostly a one man operation with a little help from the family when needed. We focus on bringing the best pickles to a few select markets and festivals in New Jersey.
There are other pickle vendors at many markets, some are selling factory made pickles, some are selling homemade pickles, but not one of them sell pickles as good as the real barrel cured Lower East Side Kosher pickles made with all natural ingredients. Just salt brine, spices and garlic, no artificial colors or preservatives are used in this Eastern European pickling process. But don't take my word for it, ask any loyal Jaker's Pickle customer or better yet, stop by the stand for a free sample. Most customers claim they are the best pickles they ever ate!!!!
They Come From Alan at The Pickle Guys
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