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There's A Reason Gino Named It 'Eat This!'

Jar of Eat This Blueberry Cardamom Preserves

If you have not heard about Eat This, a family-owned and operated jam, jelly, and preserves maker located in beautiful Bucks County, Erwinna, PA, well then you need to!

Their focus is on locally grown all natural and organic ingredients.

Eat This believes that using simple wholesome ingredients is the key to producing quality products, so everything is made from scratch without any artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Gino De Schrijver sitting down next to a mountain of Eat This jam, jelly, and preserves.

Gino De Schrijver, the owner, and head chef is a volunteer fireman at the Delaware Valley Fire Company in Erwinna, Pennsylvania. 

Here's a photo of Gino, on the right with the nozzle in hand, training with all his firefighting gear on.

Gino comes by his love of food and local ingredients naturally. He grew up in Belgium and Ireland and learned the value of naturally healthy food.

On the Eat This Blog, you can find recipe ideas or they also have a section of their website dedicated to jam, jelly and preserves recipes.  There should be no shortage of ideas for what to do with Eat This products. 

Here's Gino and David Borgert, his partner in the business showing off their stuff in Bucks Life Magazine.

David Borgert, who goes by the title, Flavor Muse, enjoys counseling customers on flavor profiles and menu ideas when they stop by the store.

In 2014, life was a blur at Eat This.

"I just kept saying 'Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God' and slamming my hand on the desk."

That's the reaction Gino De Schrijver, owner of Eat This, had when he learned in late September that a $55 boxed set of his jams and marmalades had been chosen for Oprah's Favorite Things 2014.

Since Oprah's list of Favorite Things 2014 hit newsstands on Oct. 4, De Schrijver says he's already more than doubled his sales from last year.

How did all this happen? How did Gino's company get noticed?

In June of 2014, De Schrijver took his products to a specialty food trade show in New York. It was there that someone from Oprah's team tried his products.

In August, he was asked to send holiday samples for possible inclusion in Oprah's list.

"I like working with ingredients that are rare, and fruits that have short seasons or intense flavors," Gino says in a news release. He's been known to use gooseberries, wild beach plums, saffron, cardamom, and lavender.

The jar, a weck jar, Eat This uses to package their product in, is also unique.

Here's a video Eat This produced on how to unlock the seal on the weck jar.