McVicker Pickles is a woman-owned business making pickles, preserves and
cocktail mixes featuring the best of California’s seasonal produce. We are located right in the heart of San Francisco, sourcing as much of our produce as possible from nearby farmer’s markets. Founder Kelly McVicker teaches workshops on food preservation online and in person (when COVID permits again!)
For the past several years, we have provided no-cost or low-cost education on food preservation and home canning to the general community, with courses targeted at underserved high school students and senior citizens in particular. McVicker Pickles is dedicated to educating and encouraging people to preserve their own food, a skill that we believe is especially important in these times of crisis and need.
When we entered Shelter in Place in the Bay Area, we began selling and donating Pickle in Place kits to help set people up with the tools and information needed to begin pickling and preserving at home. These kits included Ball Brand jars, a canning funnel and canning tongs (also Ball Brand), pickling salt, fresh garlic & herbs, a bag of McVicker Pickles’ house pickling spice, and a copy of Kelly’s book Essential Vegetable Fermentation.
Along with these kits, we launched a series of online videos and quick tutorials showing folks how to make the most of their quarantine and support local farms in the process by learning to preserve fruits and vegetables at home (see @mcvickerpickles on Instagram). Through the sales of these popular kits, video tutorials and live workshops, we managed to keep the business afloat and support our community in gaining skills to increase their food resiliency.
This Spring, we will be launching a Root Cellar Seasonal Preservation Club, inviting people to Come Back to Your Senses by engaging in the smells, flavors and tactile experiences found in home food preservation. We will be offering scholarship opportunities for people to join the club at a reduced or free rate. Founder Kelly is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Gerontology, and hopes to use the club as a way to foster intergenerational connection and support for our community elders, who have been impacted particularly hard by the isolation and loneliness brought on by COVID.