What does it look like to be a stay-at-home dad and run your own pickle company? Something like this: Wake before sunrise, get the kids ready for school, receive an 18-wheeler full of produce, hit the kitchen to brew brine and start a new batch, then hop in your Volkswagen to deliver jars of pickled veggies to local retailers. This is a day in the life of Rob Seufert and Epic Pickles of York, Pennsylvania.
The Epic Pickles story begins in 2011 when Rob was working as a graphic designer and pickling on the side. “I’ve always had the itch to start my own business,” he says. Before working his 9-to-5 office gig, he’d often drive an hour to Lancaster to pick up produce. After work, he’d experiment with pickle recipes, share the results with neighbors, and deliver small batches to local restaurants and delis. One day while on vacation, Rob received a call from a Brooklyn-based deli with an epic order of 720 jars of pickles. Rob decided right there and then to leave his day job and relish in the first step of his path to becoming a food entrepreneur!
Today, Epic Pickles continues to grow by the bushel and Rob is running out of room in his house. Epic has been featured in Parade and Bon Appetit magazines as well on The Food Network. “The word of mouth continues to grow the business, and I’m now working toward opening a bigger space,” Rob tells me, while moving cases of pickle jars from his living room shelves.
Epic’s spicy varieties are the line’s bestsellers. After biting into the Spicy Okra, I can understand why: It’s delicious with just the right amount of kick. Door to Door Organics currently carries Kosher Pickles, Garlic Dills, Spicy Okra, Spicy Beans, Cauliflower, with more varieties coming very soon! Swing by the Shop to add a jar to your order today. I guarantee you that munching on these locally handcrafted pickles will be an epic experience for your mouth!