Crosstown Sweets was founded in Woodstock, NY in 2011 by Albane Sharrard. The local farms and markets in the Hudson Valley reminded her of the summers she spent visiting her grandparents' home in the South of France. She was inspired to create jams in the tradition of her grandmother's best recipes using fruit from local farms. The company's aim is to produce high quality artisanal jams made in small batches and using Hudson Valley produce that is sustainably grown. Crosstown Sweets is dedicated to nurturing the relationship between farms, chefs, and the community to create a quality sustainable product that reflects the bounty of the Hudson Valley.
What makes our jams delicious?
- We use only local and seasonal fruits that are sustainably grown
- We make all our jams in small batches
- We make our product with organic sugar
- We use less sugar and we don't add any pectin, our jams are full of fruit flavor
Albane graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Institute) at the top of her class with honors in 2008. With a Pastry Arts diploma in hand, Albane went on to stage at Restaurant Daniel (with Dominique Ansel and the Daniel Boulud team), followed by jobs as a Chef de Partie at Benoit Restaurant (with the Alain Ducasse team), as a chocolatier at Jacques Torres Chocolates, and as a pastry chef at Bread Alone Bakery.