“Sour. Spicy. Stinky. Delicious.” That’s how Julian Armstrong and Gary Kim, of Son-Mat Foods and Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery, describe their signature Spicy Napa Cabbage Kimchi. Launched in early 2013, Son-Mat Foods now produces about 200 pounds per week of the hot Korean-style fermented cabbage condiment.
There’s nothing more refreshing than a crunchy sour dill pickle at a summer cookout, and Maine Homestead Farm produces some of the best around. Owner Krista Gagne started making them in 2011 after her grandparents dropped off a paper bag full of cucumbers. That day, she made a batch of Bread and Butter Pickles, a crinkle cut cuke, tangy and satisfyingly sweet but not cloying. Family and friends loved them, and she soon had to quit her day job to keep up with demand.