I think being a blogger is a pretty cool job.
First, there’s you guys. Ya’ll are so great, and I’m not just saying that. In fact, Mr. Crumbs brought up how great you guys were just the other night! He said to me:
You know, you have really great readers. They leave tons of comments and they’re all so nice [implying that he’s read mean comments elsewhere].
Aren’t they?! My readers are so awesome. I love that they’re willing to pitch in and share their ideas with others, and no one ever knocks another one down for not doing one real food thing or another.
Really truly, you guys are awesome and you inspire me to keep writing every week. Thank you!
Second, there’s my fellow bloggers. Katie is one of the first bloggers who inspired me to eat real food, but our regular Monday night meetings as her virtual assistant created a friendship that has lasted well beyond the job.
I also met several ladies at Allume last year whom I recognized simply because I visited their blogs. One of the first link-ups I ever shared posts at was hosted by Rachel (who’s a lot taller in real life than I thought she’d be 😉 ). Running into (almost literally) Donielle was way cool since it was my sister-in-law who first shared her blog with me (and gave me Nourishing Traditions for Christmas). Then there’s Kelly and Heather, my roommates who are both amazingly talented women. They each blessed me that weekend (and still continue to!) in more ways than they will ever know.
Finally, there are the small companies that I can partner with. How else would I be able to chat openly with companies about their products, ask them candid questions about where their food comes from and actually get straight and honest answers?
Crumbs is honored to partner with Jovial Foods in an effort to help to bridge the gap between the consumer and family-owned companies. I shared my thoughts on Jovial and how they did business, but the real reason I contacted them in the first place was because of their tomatoes.
Seriously! I bought some tomatoes because I was out, had a gift certificate to an online store and Jovial’s tomatoes were the ones available. It was as simple as that.
But after I confirmed my order, I decided to look a bit more into Jovial and what their food was about. Surely there must have been a reason why the highly reputable company I just placed my order through ONLY offered Jovial tomatoes, right? Here’s what I read:
Our organic tomatoes are grown on just one organic, family farm in Italy, lovingly cared for during the hot summer months for a naturally sweet and flavorful finished product. We pack the tomatoes fresh, right at the farm, they are harvested at the perfect stage of ripening and then bottled the very same day in our pure glass packaging. Our tomatoes never travel by truck, just a short distance by tractor from the field to where they are jarred. We do not add salt or additives. Just as if we were doing home canning, we pack the tomatoes in a special organic tomato purée that we prepare in small batches. When tomatoes are not in season in your own garden, enjoy the very best alternative.
That is exactly what I look for in a small business: People who care about their product.
They openly address the issue of BPA too – on every single one of their tomato buy pages no less. I admit that until I visited their site, I knew very little about BPA, except that it was definitely a concern when it came to tomatoes.
We pack tomatoes in glass because we strongly believe this is the healthiest option. Glass is inert, it does not react with food and it does not alter flavors. Our lid is also free of BPA.
Finally, the list of ingredients sealed the deal:
Organic tomatoes, organic tomato purée.
Note what’s there. Tomatoes. And tomatoes. No salt, no water, no weird suflate-this or citric-that. Just tomatoes.
To spread the deliciousness of their Italian tomatoes (and yes, deliciousness is a word), Jovial Foods is giving away two prize packs collectively valued over $50 to two lucky Crumbs readers.
Enter the Giveaway [over]
Two Crumbs readers will each win (2) 18oz jars Italian whole peeled tomatoes, (2) 18oz jars Italian diced tomatoes and (2) 18oz jars Italian crushed tomatoes by Jovial Foods. If you’re not growing your own tomatoes this season, this is your next best option!
There are NINE opportunities to enter this giveaway. All entries must be in this form – comments on this post do not count as entries.
- *MANDATORY ENTRY: Subscribe to the Crumbs Newsletter (or just leave your email address if you already do). No spamming, scout’s honor.
- Visit Jovial Foods and tell me something about the company that you didn’t already know.
- Like Crumbs on Facebook (or just leave your Facebook name if you already do)
- Like Jovial Foods on Facebook (or just leave your Facebook name if you already do)
- Follow Crumbs on Pinterest (or just leave your Pinterest name if you already do)
- Pin this post on Pinterest and leave the URL of the pin.
- Follow @dontwastecrumbs on Twitter (or leave your Twitter name if you already do)
- Tweet About This Giveaway (can do once daily – be sure to update this form when you do!): Homegrown sweet Italian tomatoes @DontWasteCrumbs – best option if you don’t have a garden #win #giveaway
- Follow Crumbs on Google+ (or leave your Google+ name if you already do)
This giveaway is open to residents 18 years of age or older located in the continental US.