We’re so proud of our Vermont food crafters! Thirteen companies in the Green Mountain State won awards in last week’s national Good Food Awards competition.
Each year the Good Food Foundation offers an award for the best products in a number of categories. In 2020 there were over 2,000 entries for judging and a total of 276 winners in 17 categories. As a buyer, it’s thrilling to discover the best of the best, to learn about companies from all over the country, and to bring these amazing products to our customers.
Along with product taste and appearance, Good Food Award winners meet high standards around ingredient sourcing and environmentally sound agricultural practices. You’ll recognize most, if not all, of the names on the list. We are honored to carry many of these amazing products at the Market.
Here is a list of the Vermont winners, plus the product that took the prize and its category (click on the link to try them for yourself!):
- Abracadabra Coffee Co. (Woodstock): Mexico Finca Santa Cruz — Coffee
- All Souls Tortilleria (Burlington): Hearty Heirloom Corn Tortillas — Grains
- Babette’s Table (Waitsfield): Finocchiona — Charcuterie
- Blake Hill Preserves (Windsor): Gooseberry & Elderflower — Preserves
- Eden Specialty Ciders (Newport): Eden Cellar Series: Pomme de Glace Ice Cider — Cider
- Fable Farm Fermentory (Barnard): Emanation and Fluxion — Cider (received two awards)
- Mad River Distillers (Waitsfield): Revolution Rye — Spirits
- Mount Mansfield Maple Products (Winooski): Pure Organic Vermont Dark Robust Maple Syrup — Pantry
- Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co. (Montpelier): Dulcey Truffle — Confections
- Republic of Vermont (Goshen): Vermont Wildflower Raw Honey — Honey
- Spring Brook Farm Cheese (Reading): Ashbrook — Cheese
- von Trapp Farmstead (Waitsfield): Mt. Alice — Cheese
- V. Smiley Preserves (Bristol): Black Velvet Gooseberry Summer Flowers Honey Jam — Preserves
The Market has been a member of the Good Food Merchants Alliance for many years. I can remember the first Good Foods trade show—called the Mercantile—that I went to, in 2016. A jaded veteran of many food trade shows, I was struck by the quality, integrity, and originality of the products on offer, and by how many foods I fell in love with and wanted to carry right away. In the years since, I have attended many more GF Mercantiles and the experience is the same every time—amazing foods made by real people with quality ingredients, great missions, and no compromise.
It is a tremendous honor to be one of the 20 independent retailers who make up the Merchant’s Alliance. Our group is made up of the best retailers in the country, from San Francisco to Philadelphia and in between. We share ideas and resources; rely on each other for advice and encouragement; and work together to champion and promote all the amazing food crafters who put their passion into the fantastic products that they make.