The popular pickle company, Niki’s Pickles, isn’t even a year old and is already a community favorite and served at several restaurants.
Niki Farrington officially started Niki’s Pickles earlier this year, but perfected the recipe for her pickles more than a decade ago through what she says was a process of trial and error.
“When you have a large garden, you have to figure out what to do with the extra,” Farrington said of how she started making pickles.
The company is located inside The Living Room facility in Pilot Mountain, where Farrington also works.
While working at The Living Room, Farrington started making her pickles and it quickly became a staple on the menu.
“People were asking about it more and I decided to make something of it,” Farrington said of how the company was started.
Restaurants that serve Niki’s Pickles include Mary’s Gourmet Diner, The Honey Pot, Pintoxs Pour House, The Tavern in Old Salem, and Krankies, all of which are located in Winston-Salem.
All of the employees that work at Niki’s Pickles also work at The Living Room, pulling double duty between the two entities. Farrington explained that The Living Room is closed on Mondays, so she primary uses it as a production day, although smaller batches of product are produced throughout the week. On August 1 Niki’s Pickles produced 100 gallons of product.
One thing that all of her employees have in common is that they love the taste of pickles.
“Everyone tastes pickles every day to identify anything that has gone awry,” Farrington said.
To date, all of Niki’s Pickles business has come either through word of mouth or social media marketing. Farrington said that the majority of restaurants that serve her product direct people to the company’s Facebook page.
Farrington moved to Westfield 12 years ago and said that Surry County is her favorite place that she’s ever lived, having been born in West Virginia and attended high school in Winston-Salem. She added that the sense of community and “togetherness” is why she enjoys living in Surry County so much.
Before working at The Living Room and starting Niki’s Pickles, Farrington worked as a social worker in Chicago, Illinois, and in Boone. Farrington said that she thinks her former career affects her current position as a small business owner, nothing that she’s pragmatic about her company’s future.
“Your core values are what they are, if you’re helping an old person die or making pickles, they’re the same,” Farrington said.
“Growth that is economically, ecologically and ethically responsible for the community and consumers, I have no plans to grow unless the growth encompasses all of those things,” Farrington said.
Following with the company’s devotion to being mindful of the community, Farrington said that all of the produce used to make the pickles are grown locally and purchased from local companies.
Niki’s Pickles also produces seasonal products with blackberry and Merlot, hot sauce, bloody Mary mix and spring onions, ruby red radishes, spicy cauliflower and super sour dill chips.
Farrington’s favorite product that her company produces is pickled okra.
In addition to the pickles, Niki’s Pickles also produces two different types of sauces, Arrrrriba! And Yippee.
The Arrrrriba! sauce is made in a charred oak barrel with Mayberry Moonshine and Yippee sauce is made with tequila and has a more mild flavor.
Farrington said that several customers and employees have nicknamed her the “Pickle Witch,” explaining that the term is an Appalachian phrase.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.