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Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for stocking stuffers, gift swaps/exchanges, secret santa or a holiday party, pickles are a sure-fire way to say show you care. An healthy and tasty option for a co-worker or best friend that won’t break the bank. Just be ready for everyone to fight for your gift during the gift exchange!
Mix and match any of our 15 pickle varieties, check out our Pickle Personalities blog post for more ideas.
Now that you’ve slightly narrowed down your pickle selection, host a party and serve up an array of pickles. Before you surprise friends with the gift of pickles, have your party guests taste the different varieties and have them rate their favorite. They won’t suspect that you’re using them as guinea pigs before you do your holiday shopping.
Plus, it’s a great excuse to throw a party!
Mr. Sun has been our next door neighbor on Chrystie Street since the day we started Rick’s Picks. And he was there long before we were. Mr. Sun’s business is vegetables, mostly the kinds popular in Chinese cuisine: bok choy, long beans, melons. He has been incredibly kind to us as we’ve grown, letting us store samples of refrigerated pickles in his coolers, holding parking spaces, and most crucially, letting us borrow his forklift and pallet jacks when we transfer pallets of pickles from our warehouse in Long Island City to the office, to supply our Greenmarket and Internet business. It’s not like you can just go to any neighbor and ask to borrow a forklift. But he was unfailingly generous with what was his, and asked nothing in return (we did our best to keep him in pickles and t-shirts). A few weeks ago, Mr. Sun said he wanted to speak with me. He told me that his landlord was jacking up his rent to the point where it no longer made sense to continue his operation on the Lower East Side. He had decided his only option after 23 years on the block was to consolidate his distribution with his farm in New Jersey. As they say, there goes the neighborhood. It is terrible when a hard-working man running a successful, clean business is forced to depart. I’m sure the inevitable art gallery that will take his place will be groovy and cool, but from my perspective, Chrystie Street between Stanton and Rivington just lost a lot of soul.
You don’t have to be a mixologist to have a strong opinion about how to make the perfect Bloody Mary. We’ve got our own ideas here at Rick’s Picks, but after checking out what our friends at Jeffery’s are up to over in the West Village, we think they may have topped ‘em all. The Brown and Bloody Caesar at Jeffery’s is a complex concoction.
Gabriel Stulman, John McNulty and their cohorts have brought together Dogfish Head Brown Ale, Clamato, sriracha, chipotle, Worcestershire sauce, and cocktail sauce, dressed it with an oyster and garnished it, we are pleased to note, with Smokra and a caper berry. It’s zesty, refreshing and begs for company. Such as the killer weekend brunch at Jeffery’s. After you finish imbibing, you can avail yourself of Jeffery’s selection of grocery items, which includes the aforementioned Smokra, plus Hotties, Mean Beans and Phat Beets. See you there!
Market Season until End of the Year
Union Square Greenmarket
Grand Army Greenmarket
Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene
Brooklyn, New York
Gifted presented by the Brooklyn Flea
Dec 15 – 23, 11am – 7pm
One Hanson Place (at Ashland Place)
Brooklyn, New York
Unique gifts from over 100 vendors
New Amsterdam Market
South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip- near the old Fulton Fish Market
NYC, New York
New York, NY
10 Columbus Circle (at The Time Warner Center)
New York, NY
Tues 12/7, 4-7
Whole Foods Market – Chelsea
260 Seventh Avenue (corner of 25th Street)
New York, NYWeds 12/8, 5-8pm
Provisions Greene Grape
765 Fulton St
Sat 12/11, 4-7pm
754 Union Street