At the ninth annual NYC International Pickle Day this Sunday, you’ll be able to sample the briny wares of vendors ranging from Rick’s Picks and McClure’s to Wheelhouse and Kalustyan’s. But you won’t be able to get a taste of Guss’ Pickles: owner Pat Fairhurst, who’s in the process of moving her shop to Brooklyn, says they’re sitting this one out, thanks in part to a beef with Whole Foods, one of the event’s sponsors. “We’re staying in the store — they wanted to move us up the block [to the parking lot at Essex and Ludlow where the event takes place]. But we’re leaving anyway,” she adds. “We’ll be out of here in a few months.”
Pickle Day’s spokeswoman, Nancy Ralph, says that the event’s timing was also an issue for Guss’: “We scheduled it on the last day of Sukkot, which I didn’t realize. It’s not an issue for some people, but if you’re rabbinically supervised, it’s difficult. Plus, they’re running double duty because they’re moving.” Pickle Day, without Guss’, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
UPDATE: Nancy Ralph clarifies that Whole Foods was not responsible for the relocation of Pickle Day from Orchard Street to the Ludlow Street parking lot. Ralph herself was, and stresses that although Guss’s will not be participating in Pickle Day, they will be open for business as usual at 87 Orchard Street.