Gregory Benjamin’s hand-crafted artisan preserves and marmalades are so scrumptious, we won’t judge if you eat them by the spoonful. (We may want to join you). What makes his products so special? A pinch of locally-sourced ingredients, a dash of creative flavors and pairings, and a whole lot of passion. Instead of retiring at 63, Gregory Benjamin decided to change the way you think about an ordinary pantry staple with his signature Gregory Benjamin Preserves.
The Apple of His Eye at An Early Age
Hailing from a long line of cooks, young Gregory made his first batch of preserves at eight years old with the help of his Staten Island neighbors. He was fascinated by the entire process: picking apples and peaches off the branch, peeling and slicing them, washing and filling the mason jars, and finally sealing them with paraffin wax. Over the years, he delivered homemade holiday presents and gave out batches to family and friends.
Fruits of His Labor
Gregory’s passion for preserves was put on the back burner for several decades as his career took him up and down the East Coast. He served as a Pratt Institute admissions officer, pursued fashion at Gimbels, Bloomingdales, and Lord & Taylor in Center City, served in restaurants, started a renowned Philadelphia catering company, opened a quaint, home goods store in New Hope, and finally worked as a handyman. A walk down the aisle led him to his current venture.
Marriage to Market
When Gregory’s niece got married in 2012, she had two requests: for him to be their wedding planner, and his preserves to be the wedding favors. So, he got to planning, preserving, and producing 150 jars for delighted wedding guests. Afterward, Gregory’s phone buzzed non-stop asking for more. Five months later, he rented out the Carversville Christian Church’s kitchen, and Gregory Benjamin Preserves was founded.
Accolades from the Big Apple to Across the Pond
Benjamin has already received critical acclaim around the world, despite only being in the industry for a handful of years. His products have splashed the pages of the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gregory Benjamin Preserves have earned accolades from Cooking Light, Philadelphia Magazine, and Real Simple. He has won six awards from The World’s Original Marmalade Awards -- where master marmalade makers compete from around the world. This award, based in Cumbria, England, is the most prestigious and one of the largest annual competitions.
Whether you top your toast (or ice cream) with Cherry Pie Preserve, dress your pork tenderloin with Orange Almond Apricot Marmalade, or craft a crumb cake with Raspberry Preserve, you’ll never run out of ways to use these products. Gregory Benjamin Preserves are made with local fruit that is picked at the height of ripeness from Bucks County farms. Pop into one of our stores for a taste and see why these GB products will be your jam!