Calling on the jammiest jams and most mouthwatering marmalades, the Good Food Guild celebrates the tastiest sweet preserves made with fruits that are non-GMO, free of synthetic inputs and responsibly foraged.
The Good Food Guild relies on the expertise of the preserves community to develop, revise and set standards for the category. As farming and preservation techniques evolve, so do our standards. Read on to learn what those standards are and meet the preserves crafters of the Good Food Guild.
In order to join the Good Food Guild, preserves companies must meet the following standards for at least 50% of their product line:
- Made in the USA or US territories.
- Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- Free of genetically modified ingredients, including GM pectin.
- Made with ingredients that are foraged or grown:
- With respect for seasonality.
- Without the use of synthetic inputs including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.**
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, committed to equity and inclusion in all levels of their business,*** as exemplified through integrating these practices:
- Creating a safe and healthy work environment where employees receive a fair wage, are safe and respected at work and have access to the resources they need to keep themselves healthy.
- Offering a diversity, equity, and inclusion training to staff members and/or leadership annually.
- Thoughtfully acknowledging the heritage of culturally-specific food on websites, packaging and/or marketing materials.
- For the small percentage of Good Food community that operates on a significantly larger scale, meeting additional criteria related to board diversity, maternity leave and employment practices.***
*Sugar, and ingredients that make up less than 2% of the product, such as pectin and spices, may be sourced from farther afield, and are not required to be grown organically due to barriers in cost and access in some regions. Citrus juice (up to 15%) added to increase acidity of the preserve is also allowed to be sourced from outside the region of entry but must be grown in the same spirit as the primary preserved fruit (using the above organic standards) and sourced domestically where possible.
**IPM growing practices will be accepted for some fruit (apples, stone fruit) and will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
***Check if you are in the 2% of companies meeting the Good Food Foundation definition of large scale, and review the addition criteria on the Rules & Regulations page.