When the recession arrived in 2008 the pain was felt everywhere. Fortune 500 companies, local mom and pop shops, and governments around the world all slowed down and the cost of living made margins thinner and thinner. For Liz Butcher and the Butcher family, their farmer’s market side business felt a massive crunch. As more people joined the markets to sell produce, Liz began brainstorming alternatives. And what she dreamed up was even bigger than the family's produce business. Butcher’s Bunches is a no-sugar added, all natural, hand-made jam company based out of Logan, Utah. Liz’s background as a pastry chef and her traveling experiences made her adventurous with flavors and cuisine, and she was always looking for a new challenge in the kitchen.
But her love of cooking wasn’t her only motivation to be creative. Her son, Kenneth, was born with autism and developmental delays, and has to adhere to very strict dietary restrictions. With a no sugar, no preservatives, basically “no fake” diet, Liz was always looking for ways to truly showcase the fresh and natural flavors found in produce, and change perceptions on what food tastes like. Butcher’s Bunches has grown into a national company that places people and relationships first. In a quick six years Butcher’s Bunches has gone from farmer’s markets to being in Harmons and Whole Foods, and distributed in Kroger’s around the country. But while they’ve experienced incredible growth, they’ve also stayed true to their values of family, relationships, and high-quality jams.
Join us on the Utah Foodie as we sit down with Liz Butcher and dive into the inspiring and delightful story behind Butcher's Bunches.
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