Barrel Creek Provisions in Westlake area distributes its unique pickled products throughout the country

Fermentation promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, which can offer various health benefits by supporting:

Fermentation promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, which can offer various health benefits by supporting:

Image description
Image description
Image description
Image description
Westlake-based Barrel Creek Provisions distributes its products to more than 400 retailers across 20 states.

The pickling company purposes old-world, traditional pickling methods to preserve food as an alternative to the common method of using vinegar and heat.

“We use salt water brine with wonderful spices,” co-founder Adam Blumenshein said. “The process requires really fresh vegetables and time. As a result, you don’t just get a preserved product. The fermenting process actually enhances the nutrients available in the vegetable; it’s probiotic- and prebiotic-rich.”

Blumenshein and fellow founder Tim Klatt also started Strangeland Brewery. They were renting space from the owners of the Hat Creek Burger Co., who had a great burger but were looking for a better pickle, according to Blumenshein.

They knew he had a background in food preservation and reached out to him about pickling.

“One of the restaurants had some space available and let us do a little test,” Blumenshein said. “It was quite successful, and we started supplying all of the locations with sauerkraut and pickles. Then Whole Foods came knocking, and we started putting our stuff in a jar.”

That was 2014. Today Barrel Creek Provisions ferments more than 10,000 pounds of vegetables in a month, including sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, carrots and okra. Locally, products can be purchased at Wheatsville Food Co-Op as well as at Whole Foods and an assortment of small retailers.

All cultures–particularly non-Western ones–have a long, rich history of consuming vegetables and beverages in probiotic form, Blumenshein said. Probiotics boost the immune system, and 80 percent of them live in the digestive tract.

While the health benefits of fermented foods are plentiful, flavors and textures are also enhanced, Blumenshein said.

“When you cook a vegetable and add vinegar, it keeps a strong vinegar flavor profile, and the vegetable no longer has its natural crunch,” he said. “We call our pickle a cucumber, because it’s like a cucumber. It’s never been cooked or heavily doused with a chemical like vinegar. It’s just water and salt, so it maintains all its natural cucumber characteristics.”
By Sally Grace Holtgrieve

Sally Grace Holtgrieve solidified her passion for news during her time as Editor-in-Chief of Christopher Newport University's student newspaper, The Captain's Log. She started her professional career at The Virginia Gazette and moved to Texas in 2015 to cover government and politics at The Temple Daily Telegram. She started working at Community Impact Newspaper in February 2018 as the Lake Travis-Westlake reporter and moved into the role of Georgetown editor in June 2019.


Attendees ask questions at the Feb. 20 TxDOT open house on the RM 620 widening project. (Photos by Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
TxDOT holds final open house, hearing on lower RM 620 widening

Though funding is not fully secured for the roughly 9-mile stretch of RM 620 from Hwy. 71 to Hudson Bend Road slated to be widened in the coming years, project leaders are now more confident about key aspects of the project as it heads into the environmental finding phase.

State Sen. Kirk Watson announced his resignation from state government Feb. 18. A number of local politicians have expressed interest in the seat.
Who is interested in Kirk Watson’s Senate seat? Here is where local members of the state House stand

State Reps. Gina Hinojosa and Eddie Rodriguez say they are "seriously considering" a run for the District 14 seat.

The Lake Travis High School Cavalier Band performed at the district's homecoming parade Sept. 11. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
New trailer approved for Lake Travis ISD band

The current trailer, which is approximately 10 years old, will be auctioned by the district.

Rollingwood Police Chief Jason Brady presents his report on officer retention to City Council on Feb. 19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rollingwood police chief to study recruitment, retention

The Rollingwood Police Department is budgeted for nine full-time officers. Right now the department is two officers shy of that number, amounting to a 22.22% vacancy rate.

The board of trustees voted to place 12.5 acres of land on the market during the Feb. 19 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD will place 12.5 acres of land on the market at 1701 Lohmans Crossing Road

The district voted to place a plot of land behind Lakeway Elementary School on the market Feb. 19.

K. Friese representative Joe Cantalupo addressed City Council on Feb. 19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Engineering firm gives presentation of Rollingwood's Infrastructure Improvement Plan

A yearlong study on Rollingwood’s drainage and infrastructure needs has produced a final update from K. Friese & Associates.

LTISD Superintendent Brad Lancaster discusses a possible extension of Vail Divide at the Lake Travis Economic Forecast Luncheon on Jan. 16. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lake Travis ISD moves forward with Vail Divide southern extension, drafting a contract with an engineering firm

The board of trustees reviewed the first draft of a contract with Malone Wheeler.

The city of Rollingwood voted Feb. 19 to ban the abandonment of motorized scooters within the city. (Community Impact Staff)
Rollingwood officially bans abandonment of motorized scooters in the city

After months of discussion on motorized scooters, Rollingwood City Council approved an ordinance banning the abandonment of motorized scooters.

Brian May, president of Vista Bank's Austin branch, addressed Rollingwood City Council on Feb. 19. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vista Bank denied request for zoning change needed to operate in Rollingwood

Vista Bank will not be adding a location in Rollingwood at this time, as votes in both the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council sealed its fate.

Johnny Hill discussed an agenda item regarding increased special education population growth during a Feb. 19 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Special education staff increases, sign-on bonuses approved by Lake Travis ISD

The board of trustees approved sign-on bonuses and the addition of three staff members within the specail education department

Robert Winovitch presented a change order request during a Feb. 19 board meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Progress on Spillman Loop project discussed during Lake Travis ISD board meeting

Lake Travis ISD approved a change order request from Flintco for $723,000.

Back to top