We like to take every opportunity to recognize our vendors and celebrate their accomplishments. Earlier this month, the sixth annual “Good Food Awards” released a list of 2016 winners, including five of our own PFM vendors, for their environmentally responsible methods of food production and superior product taste.
In a comprehensive review of 1,927 product entries nation-wide, only 242 companies were honored across 13 categories: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and pantry. Among the 13 categories, PFM vendors scored top honors in three separate categories: charcuterie, pickles and cheese.
Local favorite Olympia Provisions was among charcuterie category winners, with a Greek-inspired Rigani Loukaniko salami. Choi’s Kimchi Company delighted with both White Napa Kimchi & Napa Kimchi varieties. PFM was also well represented in the cheese category, including winners: American Heritage Dairy with a raw cow and sheep’s milk entitled “Isabella,” Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese with their renowned Chaumine, and Jacobs Creamery with a buttery cow’s cheese named “Bloomy.”
When asked what the “Good Food Award” meant to them, their brand, the food industry or local community:
“Winning this award tells me that I’m not only making a cheese people enjoy but also making it in a sustainable way that’s good for the environment. I make cheese because I enjoy making people happy, and this tells me I’m on the right path!” – Jacobs Creamery
“The Good Food Award means many things for us at Choi’s Kimchi Co. From the blind taste testing to the vetting process, it give us validation that the quality of our products and process we stand by are of the highest quality that we set out to achieve when we first started at the Portland Farmers Market in 2011. To our brand; this award gives us exposure to a wider audience. To the food industry; it sends a message that the food we consume, and the way that it’s produced truly do matter to people. To our community here in Portland; just as much as you appreciate us for making the food you enjoy, we truly appreciate everyone for supporting us and molding and shaping us into what we are and what we will become in the future. We absolutely could not be here without you all.” -Choi’s Kimchi Company
You can learn more about each vendor’s winning product on their website, or during a visit to the Portland Farmer’s Market!
Congratulations again, to our hard-working vendors–you’re welcome at our table any time!
-Laura Cooper, PFM Volunteer