Our Story

During the recession of 2008, Angie & Phin Tillman were in quite a pickle.  Phin was a builder at the time and Angie was a stay-at-home wife and mom of three children.  Phin had always made pickled green tomatoes and beans for friends and family for Christmas gifts and people would steal them out of their pantry when they visited. They always joked about one day selling them. So...with the flop in the real estate market and no cash flow in their pockets....they turned their pickle of a problem into a life of PHUN! Angie started making the pickles from Phin's recipe and selling them on their front porch in Athens.  She used the P-H in Phin's name (short for Phinizy) to create the name for their new business and 'PHICKLES' was born.  Angie would let her Facebook friends know what pickles she was making daily and friends would order and pick up from their porch...leaving payment in a trusty cigar box. The popularity of their pickles grew quickly with the Athens locals and Georgia Bulldog tailgaters.  On UGA home game days, they would pile into their golf cart with their children, pack a few cases of pickles on the cart and go from tailgate tent to tailgate tent selling them by the jar for Bloody Mary garnishes.  With the popularity also came great press and that press caught the attention of the Dept. Of Ag ...so in 2010, they moved their pickle production into a licensed kitchen and kept on pickling! Now their line of pickles has grown to include seven different vegetables:  green tomatoes (Wedgies,) beans (Snaps,) carrots (Stix,) okra (Okies,) jalapeños (Hotties,) asparagus (Spears,) and cucumbers (House Pickles.)


The PHICKLES brand has grown over the years to include some of the Tillmans' favorite family recipes.  Their 'Southern Charm' pimento cheese spread is a recipe that has been a staple in Phin's mother's fridge ever since he can remember and the cheese spread Angie whipped up to take to an Easter gathering with her family in South Georgia in 2014 became their delicious and popular 'Hot Mess' cheese spread.  It's made with aged white cheddar and Phickles 'Hotties' (pickled jalapeños) mixed in.  In keeping with southern traditions and southern foods, the Tillmans are continuing to add recipes to the Phickles brand including BBQ sauces, salsa and pepper jellies in hopes that one day when people think of southern food....they'll immediately think of PHICKLES!