Knockout Pickles

A FARM TO JAR PICKLE ENTERPRISE
FROM THE WARRIORS OF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

Knockout Pickles is a small batch line of farm-to-jar artisanal pickles. The production, marketing, sales, and distribution are all performed by young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The enterprise is an extension of Opportunity Knocks, a non-profit organization serving young people with developmental disabilities in the near west suburbs of Chicago.

This enterprise marks our launch into the vocational aspect of our mission. Our purpose is to create an operation where Warriors can take full action in all areas of the organization by exploring abilities, building skills and growing the business through their work. At the core alongside the mission work is our commitment to crafting a DILL-icious artisanal pickle.

In 2014 we tried our hand in the artisanal pickle craft!

In 2015 we will take our pickling enterprise to the next level:
• Expansion of sales at OK special events to several other local festivals
• Begin production and sales to local restaurants
• Begin first partnership in May with Kinderhook Tap in Oak Park.
• Sales to local retail outlets including the Juice Joint in River Forest and the Sugar Beet Co-Op will begin in 2015

Even bigger things are in store for the year ahead! Please check back soon, we are putting our plans on paper.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Opportunity Knocks has three social enterprises which provide a revenue stream in addition to meaningful and gainful employment for the Warriors. They are Knock Out Pickles, the Warrior Farm, and Warrior Catering.

A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. At Opportunity Knocks, we created our social enterprise for two primary reasons:

To augment the revenue stream from our programs so that we would become more financially self-sustaining;

and

To provide opportunities for Warriors to practice important vocational skills in a meaningful employment setting.

Like most things at OK, each of our businesses developed organically out of our Warrior-focused program efforts in the culinary arts. As planning, shopping and meal prep are integral components of all our programs, it was a natural extension that our enterprise efforts would capitalize on these important life skills. It was also imperative that our Warriors would be involved in all facets of the business operation, from sales and marketing to production and distribution, so that such skills could be utilized in the pursuit of other vocational interests.

BULK ORDER FORM

Due to freshness and quality standards, our current KOP recipe is of the refrigerated variety. Because of that shipping and handling poses challenges for us to overcome in offering online orders. If you are looking to place an order of 6 or more jars, and you are willing to come by to pick them up, we can accommodate your order! Please click the link and submit your order. Thank you!

Mailing List

Sign up for the Knock Out Pickles mailing list and keep up with all of the exciting new updates and information about the enterprise, as well as communications related to any special order opportunities. Click below to sign up now!

WHERE TO FIND KNOCKOUT PICKLES

KOPs are on the menu at these Local Restaurants:
• Obsessed Kitchen & Bar
• Old School Tavern & Grill
• Kinslahger Brewing Company

Jars of KOPs are available at these local retailers:
• Sugar Beet Food Co-Op
• Happy Apple Pie Shop
• Alpine Food Shop
• Carnivore Oak Park

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

Opportunity Knocks has three social enterprises which provide a revenue stream in addition to meaningful and gainful employment for the Warriors. They are Knock Out Pickles, the Warrior Farm, and Warrior Catering.

A social enterprise is a business created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. At Opportunity Knocks, we created our social enterprise for two primary reasons:

  • To augment the revenue stream from our programs so that we would become more financially self-sustaining; and
  • To provide opportunities for Warriors to practice important vocational skills in a meaningful employment setting.

Like most things at OK, each of our businesses developed organically out of our Warrior-focused program efforts in the culinary arts. As planning, shopping and meal prep are integral components of all our programs, it was a natural extension that our enterprise efforts would capitalize on these important life skills. It was also imperative that our Warriors would be involved in all facets of the business operation, from sales and marketing to production and distribution, so that such skills could be utilized in the pursuit of other vocational interests.

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