We started Thornburg and Company in 2011 with a simple goal in mind: to create genuine, artisanal foods in a traditional, time–honored manner using Southwest Michigan produce.


The array of fruits grown in Southwest Michigan has always intrigued us, especially since we have culinary backgrounds. We wanted to start a company that allowed us to take advantage of this unique microclimate called The Fruit Belt. Our goal is to keep the agricultural heritage of the area alive for years to come by buying our ingredients from small family farms.


Our Fruitbelt Preserves are prepared by hand and cooked slowly in open kettles to achieve great taste and texture. By using locally and sustainably grown fruit picked at the peak of perfection, fresh lemon juice and the smallest amount of sugar, we are able to capture that timeless flavor of old.  From our award–winning maple syrups to our unique, unfiltered, raw, varietal honey, we believe Thornburg and Company products will give a memorable taste experience that will have you coming back for more.


We are a husband and wife team and were both born and raised in the area. Ryan grew up in the little town of Watervliet and Julie grew up in St. Joseph. We know and love Southwest Michigan, it has always been our true home. As well as being passionate “foodies”, we also have backgrounds in hospitality.


Ryan has been Executive Chef at the Bistro on the Boulevard for the past three years. Prior to that, he had worked for seven years as Executive Chef at Tosi’s Restaurant, a well–established dining destination in the area for seven decades.  Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and is currently managing day–to–day operations.


Thornburg and Company is preserving Michigan one jar at a time! 

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