True to Local: Little Black Box Baked Goods – The Resident Community News Group, Inc.


Crystal Israel at the Riverside Arts Market

The Riverside Arts Market (RAM), now in its 13e year, is a weekly Makers’ and Farmers’ Market hosted by Riverside Avondale Preservation on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Each week, over 100 small business owners gather under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge to sell their wares to the local community. Learn about some of the amazing vendors that make RAM a must-visit every Saturday.

Crystal Israel, owner and founder of Little Black Box Baked Goods, jokes that she’s traded the corporate 50-hour workweek for embracing the 15-hour days that life as an entrepreneur offers. While the joke isn’t entirely wrong, Little Black Box had humble beginnings. After returning to Jacksonville, Crystal began selling baked goods in small batches at local events for fun.

As her baking skills continued to progress, Crystal ran into a problem: Fillings for her baked goods that weren’t full of chemicals were nearly impossible to find. Instead of settling for what was available, Crystal decided to focus all her energy on making artisan, fruity jams and never looked back.

2 jars of Little Black Box jam

With just one look at Little Black Box’s product list, you’ll know this is definitely not the Smucker you grew up on. Instead of high fructose corn syrup, interesting flavor profiles, with a mix of sweet and savory options. Blackberry Bourbon Vanilla to Banana Rum Lime and everything in between, there’s a Little Black Box jam for virtually every palate. The goodness doesn’t stop with jams. Each Little Black Box bakery item honors time-tested traditional recipes, such as chocolate chip cookies and pecan pie. Crystal even incorporates family recipes into the variety of baked goods offered, like her mother’s coconut cream pie.

Crystal’s loyalty to the local market has not wavered since she made the transition from bakery to business owner. In fact, you could say that Jacksonville is integrated into every part of Little Black Box. Local ingredients are used in all products where possible. Even the jars and labels come from local businesses. Crystal sells its products in local retail stores, online and at the Riverside Arts Market.

Crystal Israel

In 2022, RAM staff selected Crystal as RAM Manufacturer of the Year. She was chosen because of her help as an administrator of the RAM Online Marketplace during COVID-19, her willingness to share her marketing knowledge and engagement with others, and her mentorship of new vendors in the marketplace. . Crystal is a friend to everyone at the market and her commitment to the local community shines through.

If you want to stay up to date with Little Black Box, be sure to check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Are you interested in becoming a RAM manufacturer in 2023? Please visit the and see the Applications tab to access our 2023 Supplier Interest Form and additional information. Applications will be open to the public in December.

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