Dagstani & Sons

American Made Since 2010

Raj Dagstani

Denver, Colorado
We're a very small fruit company making seasonally driven fine fruit preserves, marmalades and jam. Handcrafted in Colorado, USA...

Tell us about your business.

It was my turn to make snacks for my son Emile’s soccer game and when I asked how many oranges he thought he’d eat, I was told “about 10″. Dutifully I multiplied that number by that of his teammates and I arrived with a cooler full of oranges. Well, it turned out his teammates weren’t altogether thrilled with the prospect of 10 oranges each, and that night I found myself with a cooler still nearly full of oranges. So I did what any self-respecting soccer dad would do: I made marmalade, lots of marmalade. And “Dagstani & Sons” was born… Today, we make jam everyday and in small batches. It’s a discipline, a “conversation” with Colorado as we travel the seasons. It has become a craft that allows us to make a difference in some small but meaningful way and that is the goal.

What makes your business stand out?

Our jams are a sort of record of our time in Colorado. They tell the story of what we’re doing, whom we’ve met and what we’re thinking. We work with the consideration that someone, somewhere will be sharing our work at their table with family or friends and that’s inspiring to me and enormously personal. We try to make beautiful things that stand up to that responsibility, things that surprise and delight and leave you wanting more.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Never give up, never give up, never give up... Winston Churchill

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