A note from the Founders
Thanks for digging deeper. We feel more normal about our obsessive passion for lacto-fermented foods when we’re able to connect with like-minded lactobacillus lovers.
Prior to venturing to the Unites States, Shai grew up in Israel, learning fermentation in his Grandmother Ester’s kitchen. I’m a native of Northern California and growing up in an area so culturally oriented to natural food has been a major influence.
Our paths collided when we met while backpacking through Brazil. It’s been a non-stop adventure ever since. We got married in 2001, settled in Jacksonville, Florida, and are currently on the most intense leg of our journey yet: parenthood.
2010 was the year we launched Olive My Pickle, combining Shai’s old-world fermentation knowledge with my background in the natural food community. We started by selling fermented pickles and brined olives at the farmer’s market in Jacksonville. Along the way we identified the focus of our business (fermented pickles) and today we continue to evolve at retail and online.
We value eye contact, connection and communication with our fellow humans. With a shared bend towards risk taking, we'll try It while leaving idealism on the table. We want OMP to be a ‘salt of the earth’ business and to be people that add flavor to our community.
We’re grateful to our family for their love and support, to our kids for their patience and to our customers that teach us continually to be better.
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Love, peace & pickles,
Charlotte and Shai (pronounced like ‘shy’)
Small isn't a size--it's an attitude. Small means that we stay close to our business as it grows. Small means it doesn't get away from us or go to our heads.
We’re curious and we like to read up on what’s new in the fermented + probiotic world. From research to new recipes, we strive to know our stuff so we can be a credible source of information.
True means being open + honest in all we do, a standard that applies equally to relationships, business and food.
Everyday, no matter the challenges, we’re thankful that our lives are cubicle-free.
There’s never a dull moment on the front lines of small food. We keep the pickles positive with plenty of music and a dearly held belief that life is a creative adventure.
Dan the Creative Sage
Dan is an exceptionally talented guy and about as smart as they come. He’s in the OMP kitchen most days, leading the charge in all aspects of the operations: fermenting, grinding hummus, shredding cabbage and most importantly adding to the brain trust at OMP. When he’s not in the kitchen he assumes the role of resident rockstar company photographer.
Kate the Golden Hearted
Kate is a human being of such fine caliber, that her employers ask themselves how they ever became so lucky to have her. She’s passionate about healthy living and helping others. She’s kind, contentious and always cheerful while on the job. She also has a wicked sense of humor. Her contributions as our Riverside Arts Market OMP representative are so appreciated by our customers, that they’re constantly reporting all of things she does right back to HQ.
Tricia the Badass
Tricia brings an A game on Saturday to the Fernandina Beach farmer’s market that includes enthusiasm and a big smile. She’s so high energy that she rises every day at the insanely early hour of 4 am, pretty much making her a perfect candidate for farmer’s markets. Tricia’s a member of a top world-ranked roller derby team. Her derby moniker? Nothing less awesome than (yes, it's true) Spankin’ Pickle.
Catherine the Great
Catherine is a full time Nutrition & Dietetics student at UNF, works two jobs and volunteers as nutritional educator at a local rehab center for adults. She’s our Store Demo Ambassador, working within retailers to sample, educate and converse with customers about our pickles and their health benefits. Catherine’s easy smile and incredible work ethic are just two of the many reasons why this woman is going places in the world.