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15 Vermont food producers picked as finalists

November 6, 2021 GMT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) —

Fifteen Vermont food producers have been selected as finalists in a national competition that honors ethics and taste.

Vermont cheeses and maple delights are in the running for blue ribbons from the San Francisco-based Good Food Foundation as are elixers, grains, jams, honey, cider and pickles, the Burlington Free Press reported.

A total of 351 finalists were selected from around the country from producers that the foundation says are “stubbornly swimming upstream to create and share the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible.”

The number of Vermont finalists is “ringing endorsement” of local producers’ values, according to Erin Sigrist, executive director of Vermont Specialty Food Association.

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“Applicants undergo a rigorous review process and must meet specific criteria; including proven efforts in equity and inclusion, social and environmental responsibility, and transparency in supply chain practices,” Sigrist said in a written statement.

The finalists can be found on the Good Food Awards online popup shop that is running through Nov. 14.