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Local Spotlight—Blackberry Patch
October/November 2016 Natural Times      

By James Davis, Bannerman Produce Lead

Most often, it’s the simple things in life that we most appreciate. Blackberry Patch has adopted this philosophy in the jams, jellies, syrups and even the salsas that it creates. Each product is handcrafted in small batches in Thomasville, Georgia, with a focus on bringing only the finest quality to the consumer. This same dedication and commitment that has resulted in providing an excellent product has been the constant drive behind what makes the small company make such a big impact.

The company was founded in 1988 by a group of farmers who came together with their family recipes to turn the local fruits they would pick into delicious jams, jellies and syrups. Those same family recipes, born in the tradition of the South, has been just one of the things that has allowed Blackberry Patch to stand out from the crowd. Every batch they make is hand crafted and includes minimal ingredients, with many products merely consisting of three ingredients—fruit, cane sugar, and lemon juice, or spices, depending on the product. Just as it was in the early days of the company, the same small batch technique, with the focus on quality, is the same principle they continue to use today. In fact, when Randy Harvey and Harry Jones joined together and brought their experience in business and the food industry to Blackberry Patch, they found that this approach was exactly what the customer desired most. Therefore, they were able to expand their product line and their market reach from a small hometown to one that covers the entire country, from department stores and specialty stores to mail order catalogs and online food retail.

Despite their humble roots, this simple company has its sights set on more than just the products they sell. Their commitment to what they find important, beyond ensuring that you and your family enjoy their creations, lies in stewardship, and is something they take seriously. Stewardship is central to their business and is the true driver for everything they do. Blackberry Patch donates a portion of their proceeds to a number of causes, such as Marion Medical Missions (providing clean water in developing nations) and The Gideons, an organization that brings the Word of God to millions of people every year.

Blackberry Patch prides itself on much more than being just a simple jam, jelly and syrup company, but rather an example of the importance of giving back, not just to the community that has helped shape and inspire them over the years, but also the global community. They are much more than the jars and bottles you can find on the shelf at the Co-op. So, the next morning you find yourself spreading a hand-crafted jelly on toast before work, or pouring syrup over Sunday pancakes, you can be sure that your purchase helps support the community, the world, and a local business that turns such a simple concept into something so much more.

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