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You can’t talk about Crofter’s—a premium jam company—without talking about biodynamic farming. When the company first started in the 1980s, government regulations and organic certifications were non-existent, but that didn’t deter Crofter’s founders from building their brand on a foundation of sustainable agriculture. Everything Crofter’s makes is Certified Organic, and a handful of its fruit spreads are sourced from Certified Biodynamic® fruit. On a Biodynamic farm, everything is interconnected and working towards improving the health of the whole ecosystem. That means it considers things like soil fertility, livestock management, and biodiversity. The bottom line? Even if you’re just looking for a new spread for your PB&J, you have the option of choosing brands that go the extra mile for the environment.
The History of Crofter’s
Crofter’s Organic is headquartered in the Georgian Bay, just north of Toronto. The brand launched in 1989 with a strawberry jam that continues to remain one of its most beloved products. For its signature recipe, Crofter’s builds relationships with farmers who maintain sustainable practices and adhere to the brand’s strict berry standards, including sourcing small fruit that have vibrant hues, a sweet flavor profile, and no white flesh on the inside. These requirements might sound extreme, but try a side-by-side taste test with conventional brands and you’ll be able to taste the difference immediately.
Crofter’s Company Mission
Crofter’s is committed to creating the best jams and spreads available anywhere. Not only does it maintain impressively high sourcing standards and support Biodynamic practices, but Crofter’s also sees its role as an educator, helping spread the message of why buying Certified Organic and Certified Biodynamic® products is important.
Benefits of Crofter’s
Crofter’s long-term relationships with farmers are the backbone of its success. Crofter’s makes visits to the field regularly to visit processors and growers, and to ensure organic codes are being adhered to. For consumers interested in sustainability, Crofter’s is a brand worth supporting. It’s been Certified Organic since the company’s early days, and offers several Biodynamic spreads to enjoy as well. In addition to these practices, Crofter’s is also working to lower its environmental footprint in a variety of ways:
- Glass jars are recyclable
- 99 percent of raw materials’ packaging is recycled
- Instead of grids, natural gas generators power its facilities
- A new wastewater treatment plant reduces water consumption by over 85 percent
- Buildings are warmed with recycled heat, eliminating the need for a separate heating system
Top Crofter’s Products
No need to pick a favorite—just get into a regular rotation with three of Crofter’s top products.
Biodynamic Blueberry Jam
Baked goods, you’ve met your match. Brimming with fresh blueberry flavor, this Biodynamic jam is the ideal companion for pancakes, toast, bagels, or muffins.
Organic Raspberry Jam
Intense flavor is the first thing you’ll notice when enjoying a spoonful of this organic raspberry jam. Two varieties—Willamette and Meeker raspberries—make up this USDA Certified Organic spread that’s perfect for sandwiches or cheese platters. You could even use it as an ice cream topping.
Biodynamic Strawberry Jam
This 10-ounce jar of strawberry jam is made with berries that have been grown and harvested using Biodynamic practices. The sweet flavor is right on point—eat it straight from the jar or use as a frosting topper on your next layer cake.
3 Jam Recipes to Try
If fruit is your jam, these recipes will have your heart.
Chocolate and Jam Sandwich Recipe
Almond butter, raspberry jam, and chocolate—talk about the best dessert trio ever. These cookie sandwiches are perfect for kids and adults alike, and make a great family baking project if you want to get everyone involved.
Make This Grab-and-Go Breakfast Treat
Breakfast is served! These hearty oat bars are filled with a ribbon of raspberry jam running through the middle which adds just the right amount of sweetness without added sugar.
A Sweet Snack Cake You Have to Try
There’s nothing traditional about this layer cake made with rice cereal, almond butter, and strawberry jam—and that’s precisely what we love about it. (Not to mention, it strikes the right balance between salty and sweet.)