It is our mission to help connect people back to the food that they eat by creating a stronger link between our customers, ourselves, local farms and businesses, and members of our community. We believe that buying and investing locally, as well as knowing who makes our food, strengthens us and builds prosperity for everyone.
WHO ARE WE?
We are Andy Pogson and Dana Vranic. Andy grew up in Stratford, Dana in Ajax, and we had lived in Toronto for the better part of our adult lives. With the birth of our daughter, Audrey, in 2011, we decided that it was time to make a move to a smaller community where there is more breathing space and a slower pace. We both are active in the theatre community, and our love of cooking and food led us to seize this opportunity when it was presented to us.
Pickles Eh! was started in 2003 by Suzanne Turnbull, a wonderful and talented coach at the Stratford Festival, as well as an amazing cook and preservingmaster. She was a fixture at the Stratford Farmers’ Market and was sought out by her loyal customers for her wonderful pickles, chutneys,jams and mustards. She also dabbled in some catering, and we had the pleasure of her presence and amazing creations at our wedding in August, 2013. After a great deal of hard work, and as she was on the verge of a major lift in her business, sadly, on November 9, 2013, she passed away.
As her friends and family tried to decide how they could honour her memory and keep the business going, we decided that it would be an exciting challenge for us, both personally and professionally, to pick up her business and grow it to a level that Suzie never had the chance to experience. We keep Suzie in our hearts and in our minds whenever we cook, and we will do our very best to live up to the quality she delivered each time she filled a jar.