Sweet Pumpkin Butter Jam
Made in the United States
by individuals who were formerly gang-involved and/or incarcerated
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious sweet pumpkin butter. Add it to your morning toast or your favorite after dinner treat. Each purchase empowers the makers at Homegirl Cafe in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Sweet Pumpkin Butter | Fair Trade | The Little Market
- Approximately: 8 oz.
- Ingredients: pumpkin and brown sugar
- Refrigerate after opening
- This jam is made in a facility that handles dairy, nuts, soy, and wheat.
- This jam is gluten-free.
Homegirl Cafe is a social enterprise division of Homeboy Industries, a community-based nonprofit organization located in downtown Los Angeles, California. Homeboy Industries provides a second chance and a safe space for young women and men who are rebuilding their lives while escaping gang life. The team at Homegirl Cafe creates a variety of delicious foods including jams, granola, and cinnamon coffee that can be found at The Little Market. Through an 18-month training certificate program covering restaurant service and culinary arts skills, this is often the first “real job” with full-time employment they have had. In three stations, café, catering, and maintenance, they learn essential skills, meet with their case manager on a regular basis to address needs such as mental health, domestic violence, and GED testing, and participate in weekly classes.
Producers working with Homegirl Cafe create a variety of baked goods using fresh and high-quality ingredients. To create the Cafe de Olla, or cinnamon coffee, the women use oven-dried orange peels and blend freshly ground cinnamon stocks with premium ground coffee. To make the signature jams, Homegirl producers use only fresh and seasonal fruit. The jams are carefully made by hand-stirring and hand-pouring the delicious ingredients. To create the unique granola, the producers use very specific types of cooking techniques — this includes cooking with oven doors half open and at very low temperatures.
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Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.