• We grow organic herbs on our family farm . . .

  • and handcraft everything ourselves, using original recipes . . .

  • so we can make you the best possible herbal products.

  • Pickle Creek

    Showing how amazing herbs can be when grown by passionate farmers who love their plants, their soil, and their community.

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Growing Great Garlic

Growing Great Garlic

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The first garlic I saw growing in a garden was at an Iowa City Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. We were touring the farm in March, when the transplants were still in the greenhouse and the only visible green in the garden was a lone bed of skinny, spiky-leaved vegetation that brought to mind mutant […]

Bouquets of Basil

Bouquets of Basil

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And now it’s confession time: If I could grow only one herb, just one herb, for the rest of my life, I would grow basil. Basil has been my top pick (Ha!—get the pun?) for both growing and eating since the beginning of Pickle Creek Herbs, some 12 years ago. Basil is the taste of summer, […]

Caring for Your PETs (Peppers, Eggplants, & Tomatoes)

Caring for Your PETs (Peppers, Eggplants, & Tomatoes)

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In the plant world, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are close relatives who share similar wants and needs, and I often group them together when describing how to tend the vegetable garden. For years I called this collective group the TEPs, until last season it dawned on me (quick thinker that I am) that I could […]

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Pickle Creek is an organic herb farm owned by the McCracken-Engman family in Southeast Iowa. We are fourth-generation farmers working hard to keep our small farm alive and thriving. We craft the best possible products by growing the best possible herbs. We take the process from seed to store, creating infused olive oils, vinegars, jams, soaps, salves, & lip balms using original family recipes. Read our full story.