Robin Shuler began producing her famous ‘Robins Gourmet Veggies’ in 2000, using a ‘tried and true’ family recipe that had been in her family for years. She worked with Clemson University and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture to prepare a product that would “pass all state inspection standards for preparation and content while retaining their homemade taste.”
Robin says word of mouth quickly became her best advertisement and, “once individuals discovered the tasty quality, they told their friends about the product and the ball started to roll.” The fresh, crisp pickled vegetables have gathered a legion of dedicated fans throughout South Carolina, including numerous retailers and restaurants. ‘Robin’s Gourmet Veggies’ were soon featured on SCTV/Clemson University’s, Making it Grow.
Pickling is an ancient tradition and one of the oldest forms of food preservation. It is a fundamental part of the diet of most cultures, in one form or another. Through pickling, the fresh taste of seasonal vegetables can be preserved for many months. Using carefully grown vegetables picked at the peak of their flavor, Robin has created a line of tasty pickled vegetables that are sure to please your family and guests any time of year.
Robin Shuler enjoys producing her line of pickled veggies and she especially likes to cook and entertain. She has a special place in her heart for animals and owned Rottweilers before she was married. Her first Rottweiler’s name was Zeek and he was a bundle of energy like his owner. The frisky fellow had his own skateboard, which he loved to ride at the park (you read that right!). He also loved to play ball, pushing it along with his nose and even swam in his own little pool.
Now Robin owns a loveable 2 year old chocolate lab named Sonny who is just as clever and energetic and loves to fish off the shoreline. Robin says he loves to eat her Snappy Beans- hmmmm! – I wonder if I increase my daily quota of Snappy Beans, my energy level will be on par with Sonnys
Robin and her husband have three lovely daughters and live on Lake Murray. She supports Christian fellowship and her family is very important to her. She believes her business is a blessing in her life. Robin is proud of making a natural product that is good for your health. Each jar is hand-packed with love and never contains any sugar or artifical preservatives. Diabetic-friendly, Robin says her vegetables are crisp and zesty and can be snacked on right out of the jar.
I discovered Robin’s veggies through a Chapin friend who gave me a jar of her ‘Snappy Beans.’ One taste and I was instantly hooked. The crisp, tangy beans are pickled to perfection and definitely delicious straight out of the jar. They are packed in a solution of purified water, vinegar, garlic, jalapeno peppers, dill and salt. Robin even printed a couple of quick easy recipe ideas on the jar lid. Directions for a ‘Beanie Martini’ couldn’t be more simple- just add snappy bean juice to your favorite martini with a few whole beans. Robin says Snappy Beans are great with a sandwich or added to pastas, salads and relish trays. “Your bloody Marys will never be the same!”
Thee are eight veggies to choose from: Snappy Beans- (mild, medium and hot) ,Spiky Asparagus, Zesty Okra, Zingy Carrots, Zippy Garlic and Brussels Shouts. Robins says, “Kids like to peel the leaves of the Brussel Shouts, like string cheese.” Gift packs are available and are a great gift to give anytime of the year. Robin custom prepares baskets of two, four, and six jars.
‘Robin’s Gourmet Veggies’ come in varying shapes and colors that will add color, texture and flavor to appetizer platters, meals and snacks.
Robin is a member of member of the South Carolina Specialty Foods Association. More than providing us with groceries, purchasing hand-crafted foods like Robin’s Gourmet Veggies supports the small local business owner and at the same time, helps deepen our understanding of and appreciation for the place our food really comes from.
Here is a quick recipe idea for using ‘Robin’s Gourmet Veggies.’
Zesty Okra & Ham Bites –
1 jar Robin’s Zesty Okra or Snappy Beans or Spiky Asparagus
1 (8-oz.) container whipped cream cheese with chives
1/2 lb. thinly sliced Virginia ham
1. Drain pickled vegetables. Pat dry with ample paper towels.
2. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the cream cheese on 1 side of each slice of the ham. Leave a slight border on all the sides. Trim ends off okra. Place 2 okra or other vegetable, end to end, across a short side of a ham slice. Roll up snugly in jelly-roll fashion. Prepare remaining rolls. Wrap tightly and refrigerate at least three hours or overnight. Cut each roll into one-inch pieces then serve.
Look for ‘Robin’s Gourmet Veggies’ at:
The Fresh Market, Augusta GA, Columbia, Hilton Head and Spartanburg SC
Wine-N-Gourmet, Camden SC
Serendipity Boutique, Chapin SC
Case Plants at the Farmers Market, Columbia SC
Rose’s Flower & Gifts, Columbia SC
Rosewood Market, Columbia SC
Santee Shoppe, Columbia SC
14 Carrot Whole Foods, Lexington SC
The Farmer’s Shed, Lexington SC
Hannah’s Silver, Lugoff SC
Lamp Lighter Gallery, Newberry SC
Best of Seasons, Sumter SC
‘Robin’s Gourmet Veggies’ are served at several SC restaurants including Mr. Friendly’s New Southern CafÃ©, Solstice Kitchen, Diane’s on Devine and Motor Supply Company Bistro in Columbia.
Check out Robin’s website for more information and for purchase information. There is a short video (13 megabyte wmv file) from the show, Making it Grow.