Print this ArticlePrint this Article Email this ArticleEmail this Article
Text Size: A | A | A

Pickled Planet

Rogue Farmers: The Hands That Feed
Buy This Photo
Velvet Sea and Beat Kraut are available at Pickled Planet in Ashland. Julia Moore / Daily TidingsJulia Moore
 Posted: 2:00 AM April 10, 2012

Pickled Planet, tucked away in a small, gray building on the remote, northern side of Water Street, is a hidden treasure. The family-owned business offers healthy snacks for locavores who desire zing in their diet.

We're not talking just peas and carrots. Pickled Planet creates new twists on sauerkraut, too. Love Kraut contains red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and burdock root seasoned with cumin and coriander seed. Beat Kraut is a blend of red cabbage, beets, carrots and caraway.

Store shelves are filled with 16-ounce jars of other brightly colored cultured vegetables gushing with flavor. There are jars of yellow Veda Kraut with curry spices, lime green Dilly Beans and fiery-red Taqueria Mix "taco-stand" pickles, all selling for $6.50.

Spotlight on local producers

This story is part of a series on local farmers, growers and other food producers. Read this story at and discover other eat-local stories, videos and resources. Also, post your comments and upload photos of fresh food you buy or grow to the Tidings' Facebook page, Send story ideas to Sophie Javna and Elisabeth Swarttouw at

Korean-inspired red Kim Chee ($6.50) is made of cabbage, carrots, daikon radish, ginger and garlic. Japanese-influenced Velvet Sea slaw ($8) is handmade with fresh cabbage, burdock, fresh diced ginger, and hijiki and arame seaweed.

In 2002, founder Courtlandt Jennings discovered a way to use local produce to create year-round carrots, peppers and other nutritious snacks. Similar to cultured yogurt, these vegetables contain beneficial microorganisms.

Two of Pickled Planet's stated goals are to buy organic produce from farmers and divert waste from landfills.

Find it: Pickled Planet products are in Oregon and Northern California stores, including the Ashland Food Co-op, Market of Choice and Shop'n Kart in Ashland and Tark's Market in Talent, as well as online at or at the Pickled Planet store, 225 Water St., Ashland, 541-201-2689.

Reader Reaction
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Rules. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or fill out this form. New comments are only accepted for two weeks from the date of publication.