Posts Written On November 17, 2019

Yankee Food Awards 2019 Celebrate Festive Edible Gifts & Artisanal Foods from New England

All images courtesy Yankee Magazine/Lori Pedrick

When Yankee launched the annual Yankee Food Awards seven years ago, the magazine wanted to pay tribute to the New England food artisans who vastly contribute to the culture with quality foods made from the finest ingredients and with the highest craftsmanship. By bringing these top-quality offerings to our tables and pantries, they are changing the way we eat—and the trend continues to grow as their artistry becomes even more highly valued.

In Yankee Food Awards 2019 – part of the November-December “Special Holiday Issue” – Yankee once again features the editors’-choice list of New England’s most exquisite locally made foods, festive treats, and gift-worthy edibles—which also makes a handy guide for holiday giving and entertaining ideas.

To compile the list, Yankee senior food editor Amy Traverso and contributing editor Krissy O’Shea traveled to farmers’ markets, festivals, gourmet shops, and grocery stores all over New England in search of the best that all six states have to offer. Rather than naming “best in category” winners, they have presented 10 awards of excellence to standout products that include handmade cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, matzoh bread, mulling syrup, and candy.

“The selections for the Yankee Food Awards 2019 deeply reflect the character of New England and its landscape and the commitment of the food artisans to the local agricultural community,” said Amy Traverso, Yankee senior food editor. “The foods are all of the highest quality and imbued with the flavors of the region—from the nuttiness in hand-baked breads to the mineral brininess in the cheeses, the fruits of Cape Cod cranberry bogs added to the mulling syrups, and cider honey caramels made from ultra-creamy fresh goat milk and sweets made using organic local grassfed butter.”

The Yankee Food Awards 2019 recipients are:

-Cato Corner Farm (Colchester, CT)
Aged Bloomsday Cheese

-Farmtrue (North Stonington, CT)
Maple Walnut Ghee-Nut Butter

-Lakin’s Gorges Cheese (Waldoboro, ME)
Rockweed Cheese

-Goodnow Farms Chocolate (Sudbury,MA)
Esmeralda’s 70% Chocolate Bar

-Wood Stove Kitchen (Mont Vernon, NH)
Mulling Syrup

-Popette of Pendulum (Pawtucket, RI)
Fruit Lollipops

-Babette’s Table (Waitsfield, VT)
Saucisson au Fromage

-Blake Hill Preserves (Windsor, VT)
Spiced Plums with Port and Star Anise

-Patchwork Farm & Bakery (East Hardwick, VT)
Everyday Matzoh

-Big Picture Farm (Townshend, VT)
Cider Honey Farmstead Caramels

The Yankee Food Awards 2019 are featured online here:

Available now on newsstands and online, Yankee magazine’s “Special Holiday Issue” is chock-full of holiday stories, recipes, seasonal getaways, and holiday happenings and events across New England this Yuletide season. For more information about Yankee‘s November/December issue, visit:

About the Yankee Food Awards
Created out of a desire to highlight locally made food products and their makers, the Yankee Food Awards celebrate both the quality and variety of offerings of today’s New England food scene. Structured as awards of excellence rather than an either/or competition, they celebrate both established and up-and-coming brands.

About Yankee
Based in Dublin, New Hampshire, Yankee: New England’s Magazine was founded in 1935 and is the iconic American magazine covering the finest that New England has to offer. Covering classic New England travel destinations, food traditions, and home and lifestyle stories with stunning photography and artwork, Yankee has featured many notable American writers in its pages such as Robert Frost, John Updike, and Stephen King. With a total circulation of nearly 300,000 and a total audience of 1.8 million readers, the magazine is published by Yankee Publishing Inc. (YPI), a family-owned, independent company. Yankee has also partnered with WGBH to produce Weekends with Yankee, a 13-episode documentary series on public television that taps into Yankee’s extensive behind-the-scenes access to the region’s six states. YPI also owns the nation’s oldest continuously produced periodical, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and McLean Communications. For more information about Yankee, please visit: