While out at Apollo Fermentations, I saw they had some pickles available from Kan-Grow Hydro Farm. If you’ve never heard of them, it’s a local farmer who produces many of the organic goods like bean sprouts, microgreens, okra, kimchi, eggs and more that can be found at many of the restaurants around Wichita.
It’s owned by Jimmy Vo who is also a regular at the Farmers Market at 21st & Ridge Road.
I love pickles, the fresher the better. So, it’s hard to get any more fresh than pickles that come straight from the farm.
Apollo Fermentations had their jars of pickles available. A 16oz jar was $6 and a 32oz jar was $12. For the pickle lovers, they had these flavors available:
- Bread N Butter
- Spicy Garlic
- Spicy Dill
You can’t go wrong with Bread N Butter pickles and then if you need a little spice in your life, kimchi pickles are the way to go. Those are the two jars I went with and couldn’t wait to arrive home to dig in.
There was such a nice sour crunch to the pickles; no sogginess at all. The Bread N Butter pickles had a beautiful blend of sweet and saltiness to it followed by some tang to keep you coming back for more.
My favorite between the two though was the kimchi pickles. Anytime I see kimchi on a menu, I feel obligated to order it. Kimchi is probably like its own food group in my world. With that said, the kimchi pickles were everything I expected them to be. They offered a pungent, salty, fermented spicy kick that had me overjoyed. As you could imagine, it tasted just like kimchi should with that pickled aftertaste.
I’ll now have to head back to Apollo Fermentations to try the other flavors once I knock out these two jars. They were probably the best local pickles I’ve had in town.
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