In 2016, Boisean Jessica Norris started Dillys Pickled Veggies – making a variety of canned products sold in stores statewide.
Choice of canned vegetables includes pickled asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, red onions, and of course, cucumbers.
This year, Norris said she is moving into a new 6,000 square foot production facility in Kuna off Swan Falls Road.
“We are bringing in an entire pickling production line, in order to expand and keep up with new opportunities,” Norris said.
Crossing state lines
Currently, you can find Dillys Pickled Veggies in grocery stores, Idaho State Liquor Stores and fruit stands around the state.
“Over the next 5 years, I hope to have Dillys in major markets across all states,” she said.
Local restaurants including Edge Brewing, Fork, and 10 Barrel also use Dilly’s products.
This year, Dillys signed on with a national online membership-based retailer – projecting around $600,000 in total sales.
The growing sales figures are running up against labor challenges. Norris said they are currently rebuilding their production team after large losses of employees in 2020.
“We were lucky to never have a COVID-19 outbreak in our facility, but many of my crew left to stay home with family and to be safe,” she said.
She said she hopes to have a team of 12-15 people by summertime.
Woman-owned family business
Last month, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council recognized Dillys as a Woman Owned Business.
“After over 6 months of paperwork, questions, and interviews, it’s wonderful to have their support and validation,” Norris said. “I started Dillys in order to have more flexibility with raising my 3 daughters while still working towards my dream of being a successful business owner.”
Norris said that while she has huge goals for growth, the company will continue to be the same family-owned operation.
“I love that I can bring them with me and have the flexibility to be both a mom and a business owner,” she said. “I wouldn’t trade that for anything.”
Norris’s 3 daughters are involved in day-to-day work including stocking local shelves and going to trade shows.
“My girls are being raised to be proud of the hard work they put into things,” she said.