we are so jam happy to be named 2023 good food award finalists!
The 2023 US Good Food Award Finalists have just been announced! Blake Hill’s NEWEST Botanical Shrub Collection has two Finalists in the Good Food Awards Elixirs category: Wild Mint Shrub and our Spicy Jalepeño Shrub AND Fresh Tomato Savory Jam is a Finalist in the Preserves category!
Winners are announced at the Good Food Awards Ceremony in Portland, Oregon in April, 2023 and so there are MANY jam-making fingers crossed at this Vermont based artisan jam company until then.
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. With over 2,000 entries each year, the competition is fierce for a Good Food Award. Look for the blue seal on the shelves of exceptional grocers like the Good Food Merchants Collaborative. Explore their standards and discover the previous winners.
Co-Owner and our Executive Chef, Vicky Allard shares her excitement with the Jam Team, “We are once again just thrilled to be honored as a Finalist by the Good Food Foundation where recipients are recognized for not only creating a specialty food product that has superior taste, craftsmanship and flavor but who also follows responsible practices, honoring social and environmental responsibility.” Full Press Release linked here>
and the crowd goes wild...
Fresh Tomato Jam
Our small Artisan Jam Team was not surprised that our Fresh Tomato Jam caught the judges eye.
Featuring fresh seasonal tomatoes incl. locally grown organic Cherry and Heirloom tomatoes from Honey Field Farm and our special fresh Italian herb blend, this is a naturally sweet and savory tomato jam bursting with flavor!
A perfect Jam for Cheese, especially classic cheddar and manchego. Also one of our favorite jams to cook with as a delicious alternative to regular tomato sauce or ketchup.
Not once but twice...
Spicy Jalapeno Botanical Shrub
Botanical Shrub’s continue to be our most successful new product launch yet, including a 2022 Good Food Win for our Basil Blueberry Botanical Shrub. Starting 2023 with a nomination for our Spicy Jalapeño.
This unique collection captures the essence of everything that is Blake Hill. At its very heart are wild herbs foraged from our meadows, and organic produce from local farms providing a special taste of terroir. What started as super small batches that had customers traveling from afar to secure a rare bottle, is now a formal collection of five botanically infused shrubs for customers to make incredible cocktails, salad dressings, desserts and more.
“We are thrilled that each of the Shrubs we entered to the US Good Food Awards is a top scorer at their blind tasting, especially as we create these with our own special techniques that put flavor first, creating our shrubs from scratch with the finest fresh ingredients” says Vicky.
Wild Mint Botanical Shrub
"Our wild organic mint is harvested from the meadows surrounding Blake Hill Farm in Grafton, Vermont” says Vicky.
“Within just a few hours of harvest we perform our first hot infusion with apple cider vinegar, and then a long cold infusion to capture the fresh, fragrant, herbal essence of this favorite botanical. Finishing with a dash of cane sugar and lemon juice for the perfect balance of sweet and tart, this is a wonderful Shrub that preserves the essence of Vermont wild mint for you to enjoy year round wherever you may live.”
Check our Cooking with Jam recipes series for Fresh Tomato Jam Pizza, mocktails, cocktails, Spicy Three Bean Salad and many other unique recipes. You'll see why we LOVE cooking with these award winning preserves!
Blake Hill in the Press!
Blake Hill’s sweet, savory and spicy jams have multiple Gold medal wins at the international Specialty Food Association’s SOFIs, the US Good Food Awards, and the World Marmalade Awards. Blake Hill is also the first preserve maker in the world to win Gold at the SOFIs, the US Good Food Awards and the World Marmalade Awards - all in the same year. Our sweet, savory and spicy ranges seem to love competing amongst themselves!