Note: August 2019 was Martha’s Joy’s final market with Mill City. Dave moved back home to Alabama to retire with family and friends.
Martha began pickling leftover produce from her garden one year when an early frost loomed, and her family scrambled to pick everything before night fell and the freeze came. “We just didn’t want it to go to waste!” said Martha, chuckling at the memory. Her mother and grandmother, who taught her pickling in Alabama, were great inspirations to her. It is their recipe that is the basis of Martha’s Joy pickles today. Not only is her recipe important, but the quality of the ingredients used is crucial for delicious pickles. The “LIVE LAUGH LOVE” philosophy radiates the joy of the late Martha Jackson and her husband David, who continues the business today.
Martha’s Joy pickled products include mild and spicy: Asparagus, green beans, beets, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, garlic, okra, peppers, shallots and sweet watermelon rinds.