Taking a look around Big John's in Healdsburg on Friday, I noticed quart-size plastic tubs of fresh pickles from a local company called Alexander Valley Gourmet (www.alvalgourmet.com) for about $6. On a unit basis, that's less than the Bubbies next to them on the shelf. Since pickles aren't a big part of my diet, I didn't buy them. But thought I'd post here in case someone else has can offer a taste report and to let folks know about them. According to the company website, they're also available at Fiesta in Sebastopol and Pacific in Santa Rosa.