This is a huge deal in our industry, and deeply gratifying for Venise and I. "The Good Food Foundation exists to celebrate, connect, empower and leverage the passionate and engaged, yet often overlooked, players in the food system who are driving towards tasty, authentic and responsible food in order to humanize and reform our American food culture." (Good Food Foundation.) Over 2,000 entries from all 50 states are submitted each year, and Marionberry Mint rose to the top.
The Good Food Foundation exists to celebrate makers like us "swimming upstream to create and share the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible." Any crafter whose products meet the rigorous production standards can be a member of the Good Food Guild and attend one of their mercantiles, which are like stripped down trade shows, intended to remove the bells and whistles and focus on forging relationships between makers and merchants. Food crafters can also enter their products in a variety of awards categories. In order to gain a finalists spot in the Awards, products must score highest in a Blind Tasting and meet the environmental and social responsibility standards of the Good Food Awards.