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Herb-infused olive oils & vinegars; herbal jellies; fresh & dried herbs; herb & plant seedlings; herbal soaps, salves, salts, & lip balms|
Hello! We're Tim & Jocelyn, the Pickle Creek Farmers. We like to think of ourselves as Farmerteurs, or Farmer-Entrepreneurs. About 10 years ago, we gave up our Chicagoland chemistry jobs to do the crazy and near impossible: Thrive on a 100-acre family farm.
Today we are the proud owners of Pickle Creek Herbs, a small organic herb farm in Southeast Iowa. We grow herbs, berries, tomatoes, and garlic that we then use to create herb-infused olive oils and vinegars, jellies, syrups, soaps, salves, and lip balms. We take the process from seed to store and make everything ourselves using original recipes perfected over the years. And yes! You can taste the difference!
On our Web site you’ll read that our mission is to show how amazing herbs can be when they’re grown by passionate farmers who love their plants, their community, and their soil. We also have another, kind of save-the-world mission: To demonstrate how the small sustainable farm can thrive in today’s modern industrial world. We intend to do this through care and respect for the land, the community, and the consumer, and we hope this shines through in everything we do.
After all, in the end we are no more than what we have given to others. Passion for life and respect for the land that sustains it: Above all, that’s what we hope to give.
Browse through our Products for Sale
Please see our product descriptions for lists of ingredients.
Practices (our standards for raising or making our products)
Our farm is USDA Certified Organic (IDALS Organic Producer #: CAH449TJE). We are former chemists who are really into soil chemistry and who believe in learning from nature. Our goal is always to create the ideal growing environment for our plants--get the chemistry right and the biology will follow. Life starts with the soil!
Taste is not a commodity! Our mission is to remind people how good food can taste when it is grown in well-loved and well-tended ground. We are the fourth generation to be working the soil on our 100-acre spread. We feel privileged and proud to be members of that group known as the "small, sustainable family farmers."
Highlights this Month
It's the most wonderful time of the year (planting time)! Currently in addition to all of our usual herbal products, we have several varieties of certified organic herb, tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings listed. We also just introduced an all-natural herbal deodorant that really works!
We love herb farming because we love to learn and create. I also love sharing about our farm adventures on our blog (picklecreekblog.wordpress.com) and on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/picklecreek). Check out either for musings and useful bits of gardening and cooking information as well as the best and funniest stories of life lived on a small herb farm populated by some pretty crazy characters.