At the recent Fancy Food Show in New York City, attendees like us were lucky enough to sample delectable organic gelato and sorbettos from Blackwell’s Organicâ€”in such flavors as Dark Bittersweet Chocolate, Espresso, and Raspberry and Orange Sorbetto. Fully 100% of the chocolate, cocoa, coffee and evaporated cane juice in those flavors are not only organic but also Fair Trade Certified.
A Family Business
Tom and Marcia Blackwell started Blackwell’s Organic in 2005, becoming New Jersey’s first and only certified organic, dairy-free gelato and sorbetto manufacturer. The company’s frozen organic soy gelato and fruit sorbettos are sold in organic and specialty food stores and some supermarkets in the Northeast, and can be purchased online at gelatobymail.com for shipping throughout the continental U.S. You may also visit the company web site at www.blackwellsorganic.com.
The Blackwells are committed to using ingredients that come from farmers and suppliers devoted to sustainable agriculture, resource conservation and Fair Trade.
Committed to Fair Trade
Fair Trade is an especially big deal to the Blackwells’ operation. Their’s is the only frozen dessert company that has at least one Fair Trade Certified ingredient in every flavor. â€˜From day one we knew our gelatos and sorbettos would be made with Fair Trade Certified ingredients,â€™says Marcia Blackwell, founder of Blackwell’s Organic. â€˜Fair trade is something we are passionate about and it was the only way we would do business.â€™
p(left caption). Tom and Marcia Blackwell
Blackwell’s Organic’s Raspberry Sorbetto was awarded the SOFI Gold for outstanding USDA Organic Product at this summer’s Fancy Food Show in New York. The company was also named by the readers of Edible Jersey magazine as their 2008 Local Hero-Food Artisan.
The family-owned company hand crafts each of its gelato and sorbetto flavors in small batches. Family members actually puree all the fruit for the sorbettos and brew the coffee for the coffee gelato.
Sustainability Starts at Home
The Blackwell family is serious about sustainability at home, too. Tom and Marcia’s Long Branch, NJ, home runs on solar power. Their solar panels actually generate more power than they use. The remainder is sold back to the power company. They also compost household organic waste and turn it into mulch. They grow vegetables in an organic garden and, in fact, everything they eat is organic. Even their family dogs enjoy an organic diet.
Now that is about as green as you can get.