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Fishtown Pickle Project and Eight Oaks Farms Distillery Collaborate on Two New Products

Marilyn Johnson

Fishtown Pickle Project and Eight Oaks Farms Distillery have collaborated on two exciting new pickle-centric products just in time for summer, including a Citrus Ramp Relish and Playa de Pia pickles, a tropical-themed jar of pickles perfect for enjoying on the beach, according to Fishtown Pickle Project. On Wednesday, June 1, both jars will be available for purchase online.

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Mike Sicinski and Nike Toscani, co-owners of the Fishtown Pickle Project, used barrels from Eight Oaks Farms to create two new products: a chardonnay and gin barrel for the Citrus Ramp Relish, and a rum barrel for the Playa pickles.

“Essentially, Eight Oaks made their gin in a barrel once used to make chardonnay, and then we took that barrel and fermented cucumbers with ramps to make the relish, and then finished it with other products including local ramp vinegar and lemon,” said Toscani. “For the tropical pickles, we took one of their rum barrels and blended a bunch of flavors to make something that should taste like a tropical mojito. We are super pumped for this jar.”

The Playa de Piña pickles began with fermenting cucumbers and green papaya in the rum barrel and then jarring them up with pineapple, mint, and kaffir lime leaves in a quick brine of apple cider vinegar and persimmon vinegar.

The Citrus Ramp Relish from Fishtown Pickle Project will cost $10.50 for an 8-ounce jar, and the Playa de Pia Pickles will cost $10.50 for a 16-ounce jar. This is the latest in a long line of collaborations between Fishtown Pickle Project and local small distilleries, including Dad's Hat PA Rye, Tamworth Distillery, and Revivalist Gin.

Eight Oaks Farms, located in New Tripoli, PA in the rolling farmlands of the Lehigh Valley, grows all their own grains, including corn, wheat, rye, and barley to craft a wide range of award-winning spirits such as bourbon, rye, whiskey, vodka, and gin.

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, the greater Mid-Atlantic area, and beyond.

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