Texas Pickles are a Big "Dill"

Texas Pickles are a Big "Dill"

Curry passes along love of farming to his son. Curry passes along love of farming to his son.

August 19, 2016

Best Maid Pickles are a Lone Star institution.

Dill, kosher, Bread and butter, whatever your pickle preference, it all starts on farms like Bryan Curry's. He's been growing cucumbers near Hale Center in West Texas for about 10 years. He also grows corn, wheat, and cotton, but on his farm, pickles are a big deal.

"We started raising pickles in '06 or '07. And we raise them for Best Maid," says Curry. "We fertilize the ground, we plow it. We get the ground ready to plan. Best Maid's equipment comes in. They plant and they harvest. All we have to do is keep them irrigated through the year."  Like Curry, Best Maid was born and raised in the Lone Star State. It’s Texas’ only major pickle company. 

"Best Maid is unique from anybody else selling cucumbers in Tex,as because they are grown in Texas," says Curry. "They're a Texas product. Texas farmers are growing them. They enjoy doing it. It’s a fun crop for them. We have about 2,900 acres to 3,000 acres that we plant every year.”

About 60% of the pickles in Best Maid’s jars are from northwest of Lubbock. The hot days, cool nights and low humidity of West Texas are perfect for growing these future snacks.

Planting starts at the end of May and goes for 12 weeks at about 40 to 60 acres a day. Harvesting begins around 45 days later.  Once Curry’s cucumbers are the right size, Best Maid brings out 2 self-propelled harvesters. Each machine picks about 50,000 pounds per hour. 

Best Maid pickles have a stronger dill flavor than most brands. Since they only ship to Texas and the surrounding states they can cater more to Texas tastes. Curry enjoys growing crops that further the Lone Star mystique. As a third generation farmer, he hopes his sons become the next generations of pickle producers.

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