POMEROY — It was eight years ago that Amanda and Derek Brickles used their bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers to make some salsa which they passed around to some family and friends who thought it was so tasty they encouraged the couple to make and take it to a farmers market.
That started for them a growing home-based business, now called Bungtown Foods, which includes a line of several flavors of salsa and hot sauces, all using fresh ingredients grown in Meigs County.
Today, the Brickles make several different kinds of salsa, and still market it at farmer’s markets but also sell it in grocery stores and through gourmet food retailers, along with food catalogs and on-line.
Being produced and marketed by the couple now are mild salsa described as a “sweet mild kick, just enough to keep the salsa interesting with a modest amount of Cayenne flakes,” medium salsa a “sweet with a surprising kick that comes from fresh Habanero, Cayenne, Jalapeno, and Hungarian Wax Peppers,” a hot salsa which has a sweet but hot flavor, and their hickory smoked salsa which Derek describes as “sweet and smoky with a mild flavor.”
Bungtown Foods, which is located on Bearwallow Ridge Road just beyond Burlingham, now also produces Cayenne Hot Sauce which is made with fresh cayenne peppers and is their mildest hot sauce, and one called Bungtown Habanero Hell which contains a combination of Caribbean red and chocolate habenero peppers and is very hot. There’s also Fatali Saloon Burner which is made with fresh fatali peppers, and Ghost Hot Sauce. Relatively new additions to the product line are barbecue sauce and a hot rub suitable for all kinds of meats.
Last summer to introduce some of his newer products, Brickles organized and participated in a farmers market held on the Pomeroy parking lot every Friday night during the Rhythm on the River concerts.