Mama Jess

Created to help families increase their daily intake of vitamins, protein and fiber, Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauces is dedicated to sourcing the best organic ingredients and working with responsible suppliers.

Organic produce is grown in healthy, living soil, free of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides or preservatives. Vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes are often on the “dirty dozen” list, meaning they contain the most pesticides when grown on non-organic farms.


Mama Jess uses organic ingredients to help families reap the most nutrition possible from our pasta sauces.

The perfect veggie: sweet potatoes.
Perhaps not the first ingredient to come to mind when you think about pasta sauce, the natural sweetness and nutrition of sweet potatoes are the perfect match for Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauces. These brightly colored vegetables were named the perfect veggie in 2010 because they are so well rounded.

Mama Jess Products include:

Certified Paleo: Garden Good Organic Pasta Sauce, Garden Organic Ketchup, Organic Red Chile Taco & Enchilada Sauce

Paleo Friendly: Healthy Hot Chocolate


Mama JessThe foundation for Mama Jess began when Jessica was a teenage dancer in the Milwaukee Ballet Company’s training program. A staff dietician talked to the young dancers about food providing the fuel to keep them on their toes. While studying food science and nutrition in college, Jessica furthered her belief in the connection of eating healthy to feel and perform better. It has stayed with her ever since.

In her early career, Jessica developed hundreds of grocery store products and she became inspired to create something less processed, something she’d feel good about feeding her own family, something made with organic ingredients, free of sugar and preservatives. However, she discovered sales & marketing sometimes had more say in the final result and, at the time, convenience food overshadowed nutritional content.

It was when her two-year-old son stopped eating carrots that Jessica saw how her professional expertise and personal beliefs could come together. Until that time, he’d always eaten the homemade baby food Jessica made herself. So she snuck carrots and sweet potatoes into her pasta sauce recipe. This became the basis for her Garden Good sauce.

Jessica tested her veggie-filled sauce on her family, friends and moms (many she’d just met). It was a hit—even with her two sons. After perfecting her Garden Good sauce in her home kitchen, she further refined her sauce in the Mama Jess Creative Kitchen. While readying it to sell in grocery stores, Jessica ensured that the sauce maintained the highest quality organic ingredients with minimal processing. Jessica launched Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauces in March 2011.

Jessica continues to experiment in the Mama Jess Creative Kitchen, perfecting her inspirations into new nutritious and delicious products.

About Us : 

Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of improving the tolerability of the paleo diet, and to help adherents easily identify products that met its basic tenets.  Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, and lab -tested Grain-Free Gluten-Free certification programs.



100% of  Paleo Foundation revenue is generated through certifications.  We do not accept donations, corporate sponsorships, or financially benefit from the sales of any certified products, product giveaways, or partnerships with industry contacts or retailers for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of an impartial certification standard. 

Certified Paleo logo Certified Paleo:

Each certification program has a different set of standards.  Certified Paleo is the Paleo Foundation’s first, most popular, and highest level of certification for Paleo-compliant products.  Certified Paleo Products are products that contain Paleo ingredients, but may have some 21st-century processing or packaging methods allowing for shelf stability.


Grain Free Gluten Free Certified LogoGrain-Free Gluten-Free: 

Grain Free Gluten Free Certified products are gluten-free and do not contain any grains of gliadin competitive residues.  All Grain-Free Gluten-Free products have undergone two rounds of audits, including lab tests, and a final review to become approved for the Grain-free Gluten-free Certified Program. 



Keto Certified LogoKeto Certified: 

The ketogenic diet is a restrictive, demanding diet that can be difficult to maintain, and tolerability of the ketogenic diet is the single most important factor limiting individual acceptance for initiation.  Therefore, improving the tolerability of the ketogenic diet is crucial to preventing diet discontinuation, warranting further investigation into methods for improving palatability, improving the availability and convenience of foods that are compliant with the ketogenic diet, as well as addressing cultural and social acceptance.

The Keto Diet product market may be in a unique position to improve tolerability, especially in social and cultural environments that typically feature carbohydrate-rich “special occasion” types of foods. In 2016, the Paleo Foundation launched the world's first Keto Certified program for products with standards that were developed for adherence to a classical ketogenic diet.