Cherilyn is a Wanaka local from waaaaaaay back, when the population was under a 1000 people and Lorne is an Essex Boy she picked up on her travels! (Always had an eye for a good product!)
Having moved back to the local area in 2010, Lorne immediately commenced digging our first vegetable garden and started to produce our first crop of real, organic vegetables.
This was our first small move towards sustainable living, a time to step away from the corporate world and the excesses of city life to provide a foundation of understanding for our children around sustainability and the natural world.
That one small vegetable garden led to big dreams and a ‘local’ approach to business. Pirate Pickles was formally born at the Wanaka Farmer’s market amidst the other four stalls that braved the Central Otago winter months! (Brrrrrr…..like, REALLY cold!)
Perseverance paid off, with pickle and jam varieties growing from 3 products to over 30 different lines of stock today and, all made like your granny used to make!
You won’t find any nasties in these babies! No artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives or flavourings. If Granny doesn’t recognise the ingredients, we don’t use it!
Predominantly, our fruit and vegetables are sourced either by growing them, swapping and trading locally or, from other New Zealand growers.
Today, the total food producing gardens cover approximately an acre of land within our property. Our principles are to remain completely organic and to take nothing away from the land that isn’t replaced with other nutritious elements.
We collect selected green-waste locally and have developed comprehensive composting systems to support the gardens. Our aim is to leave the land in a better condition than that which we found it. Where once it was impossible to find earthworms, now we find hundreds in each square meter of land! Seriously, who thought a wiggly worm could really make you happy!
Together, Lorne and Cherilyn hope to continue the development of the property and turn it into a true food oasis! Your feedback is always welcome as we strive to live the New Zealand dream! (With cheese and pickles and jam and scones!)
Pirate Pickles and Pirate Preserves:
Lorne strives to make your taste-buds tingle with his range of handmade pickles, chutneys, relishes, jams, preserves and curds.
Good memories in Grandma’s kitchen is what we pay homage to here. No artificial sweeteners, additives, preservatives or flavourings will be found in our kitchen!
Prepared by hand and stirred until your biceps bulge, these recipes really are the genuine article.
Fruit and vegetable contents are high and you can see the real colours from much of the local produce we use.
Each jar or bottle is individually packed and labelled using recyclable packaging including compostable labels and water soluble glues.
So, give your taste-buds a treat or, are you scared you might actually TASTE something!
The growing garden range of organic fruit and vegetables now often exceeds the requirements from the Pirate Pickles kitchen!
This has enabled us to build up local restaurant markets and the ability to direct excess produce to the public via the Wanaka Artisan Market and the Sunday Craft Markets.
Our philosophy really is about the ability to offer products and produce our grandparents would be familiar with and proud of.