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New England artisan food makers gobble up Good Food Awards

(Susan Forman Photography)

From pickles and beer to honey, cider, cheese, and chocolate — the Good Food Awards were recently announced and products from 27 New England artisan food makers won the prestigious honor. The awards are given out annually by the Good Food Foundation at a gala in San Francisco and recognize craft producers who create stellar foods and beverages without artificial ingredients, sustainably and in a socially responsible way. This year there were more than 2,000 entries from around the country. If you notice a Good Food Award sticker on an item, you know it’s a winner.

Thirteen awards were handed out to 11 Bay State companies. Real Pickles in Greenfield won for both Organic Garlic Kraut and Organic Garlic Dill Pickles. A dark chocolate bar from Goodnow Farms in Sudbury crafted with Putnam Rye Whiskey from Boston Harbor Distillery was honored, as was the 62% Dark Chocolate + Cocoa Nib Crunch bar from BOHO Chocolate in Florence, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker. The Ethiopian coffee, Organic Bombe Natural 16+, from Broadsheet Coffee Roasters in Cambridge got an award, as did three honey producers — Tewksbury Honey for raw Spring Harvest 2018; C & C Orchards and Honey Bee Sanctuary in Sunderland for New York Wildflower Honey, and Beverly Bees in Beverly, with two, for Massachusetts Raw Wildflower Honey and Wildflower Honey Comb. Fire Cider in Pittsfield, an apple cider vinegar producer, was honored for Shire City Herbals. Stormalong Cider in Sherborn won with Red Skies at Night, a low-alcohol cider made with passion fruit and hibiscus, and Stoneman Brewery in Colrain for Tractor Ryed IPA. Arlington jam maker Doves & Figs took home the accolade with Flower Power Peach conserve.

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Here’s a list of other New England winners:

From Vermont

Maple Goat Milk Caramels (Big Picture Farm, Townshend)

Goat’s Milk Caramel Vanilla Bean Sauce (Fat Toad Farm, Brookfield)

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Salted Sesame Toffee (Vermont Amber Organic Toffee, White River Junction)

Amber Rich Maple Syrup (Tonewood Maple, Waitsfield)

Wild Bergamot-infused Raspberry Jam (Blake Hill, Windsor)

Smoky + Spicy Heirloom Tomato Honey Jam (V Smiley Preserves, New Haven Mills)

Reading cheese (Spring Brook Farm, Reading)

St. Albans cheese (Vermont Creamery, Websterville).

Emanation sparkling apple cider (Fable Farm Fermentory, Barnard)

Single Barrel Gin (Stonecutter Spirits, Middlebury)

From Maine

Costa Rica Organic La Mirella coffee (Bard Coffee, Portland)

Cider Brined Coppa (A Small Good, Rockport)

Old Port Straight Bourbon Whiskey; the spirit Fernet Michaud; and Blushing Star, a barrel-aged lager (Liquid Riot Bottling Co., Portland)

Ridlon 16/2 (Portersfield Cider, Pownal)

From Connecticut

Cashew Coconut Ghee-Nut Butter (FarmTrue, North Stonington)

From Rhode Island

The Holy Granola Experience (Sacred Cow Granola, East Providence)

For a complete list of winners from around the country, go to www.goodfoodfdn.org

ANN TRIEGER KURLAND