“First Field creates shelf-stable products that preserve the harvest in ways that capture the essential nature of the fruits and vegetables in our recipes. Our flagship product is Jersey Ketchup, made with New Jersey tomatoes from our own as well as our partner growers’ farms. We’re dedicated to finding sustainable approaches in growing and sourcing our ingredients, including paying fair trade prices for our farmers.
At First Field we are committed to encouraging a full four-season cycle of sustainable agriculture. Our recipes reflect our interest in growing our own produce, and, whenever possible, in using fresh ingredients from farms that share our commitment to sustainable growing practices. Our farm is also closely tied to the community we live and work in, and in addition to our shelf stable products we also grow for local restaurants in the area, as well as a non-profit cafe.
Tomatoes from New Jersey are famous for their farm-fresh flavor, and our dedication to bringing you the taste of our state’s most famous fruit in our limited-edition flagship offering First Field Jersey Ketchup helped forge the guiding principles behind all of our First Field products.
Our ingredients are selected from varieties that are suited to local climate and earth-friendly farming practices. The varieties used in First Field products are selected first and foremost for their superior taste and quality, not for resistance to the stresses of shipment or extended shelf life. Our spices and sugars are organic and fair trade whenever possible.
We also pay our growers a fair trade price, ensuring better growing and harvesting practices as well as higher quality produce. This is reflected in our products, where we don’t need to add more sugar or salt to cover up for lower quality produce. We also actively work with our regional agriculture specialists to find ways to ensure our fruit and vegetables are grown in a sustainable manner. This past year we worked with them on a USDA-funded project specifically aimed at growing tomatoes using an innovative technique for improving soil fertility.
More important than simply stating that a product is organic is thinking critically about what “organic” means, why it’s important to people, and encouraging sustainable and organic farming practices as much as possible.”
Theresa Viggiano and Patrick Leger, Owners/Founders