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Crisp & CO. Pickles Innovate the Pickling Process

June 15, 2015
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Longwood Gardens
Courtesy of Longwood Gardens and Crisp & CO. Pickles

When it comes to small-batch pickles, Tom Peter of Crisp & Co. thinks big. From his Hockessin, Delaware, workshop, he brines local vegetables while dreaming up ambitious new pickling projects. Take, for example, his unusual and award-winning mushroom pickles.

“Most gourmet pickle companies are looking for products that cost less than 50 cents a pound. The Kennett Square creminis I use for these pickles cost $1.60 per pound,” says Peter He seasons them with thyme, garlic and olive oil before the mushrooms are pickled and jarred. The result is a flavor-forward pickle that works equally well as a snack or as an ingredient. “I like to mince the mushrooms and fold them into goat cheese to spread on a baguette,” says Peter

A major fan of local Szechuan chain Han Dynasty Peter is currently experimenting with a pickled version of that restaurant’s famous Spicy Crispy Cucumbers. “We’ve been working on this one a long time. It’s pending approval from the restaurant, but we hope to make it available soon,” he says. And though he has a definite penchant for experimentation, he loves the classics, too. This summer will also see the release of Crisp & Co.’s first classic dill.

Visit to buy pickles by the case or for a list of shops and farmers’ markets where Crisp & Co. pickles are sold.

Crisp & CO. Pickles

Longwood (Beer) Gardens

On July 1, Longwood Gardens will debut its first beer garden. “We wanted to have a relaxing place for people who come to the Nightscape exhibit to be able to have a beer and hang out,” says Patricia Evans, communications manager for Longwood Gardens. “Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience”, by Philadelphia artists Klip Collective, will feature colors and shapes projected all around the Longwood landscape after dark

The pop-up-style restaurant will offer three beers on tap, all from Victory Brewing Company. One beer; Summer Zest, was created using the zest of lemons grown on the property at Longwood. The food will lean German, in keeping with the beer garden theme. Think brats, frankfurters and red cabbage kraut. The beer garden will be open from 6 to 11 pm each night of the Nightscape exhibit, through October 31 (though you don’t have to purchase a ticket to the exhibit to stop by the beer garden).

1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

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