Local Artisans are Finalists for Martha Stewart's American Made Awards

Fox Point Pickling Company, Biggest Little PopCorn Company, LBK Studio and Bow K are all vying for your votes.

There’s never a dill moment popping up in Rhode Island’s food scene! Last week, Ziggy Goldfarb’s Fox Point Pickling Company, and Roselette Dewitt’s Biggest Little Popcorn Company, were both selected by Martha Stewart and her expert panel of judges as finalists in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Awards in the Food category. Voting begins today, so please be sure to send some local love to our favorite homegrown artisans (literally and figuratively). You can vote every day (up to six times!) through October 19 at 11:59 p.m.

Each year, Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards honor makers, small-business owners and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food and style. These makers are recognized for their dedication to creating beautiful, quality products and building successful businesses and communities. Through American Made, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are spotlighting the next generation of great American makers: entrepreneurs, artisans and small-business owners who are creating beautiful, inspiring, useful products; pioneering new industries; improving local communities; and changing the way we eat, shop, work and live.

Fox Point Pickling Company just celebrated its first anniversary last week. The business was launched through a Kickstarter campaign, and sold its very first jar of Garlic Dill pickles at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers Market on November 1, 2014. The pickles are now available at ten farmers markets in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as more than seventy-five retail stores and eateries in six states. Goldfarb was one of the first participants in Hope and Main’s culinary incubator program in Warren, and the pickles are still made there. Fox Point Pickling Company recently won a 2015 Best of Rhode Island Editor’s Pick award for “Local Pickles," and the business also received an honorable mention in the Best New Product category at the New England Made Giftware and Specialty Food Show. Vote for Fox Point Pickling Company.

Biggest Little PopCorn Company, headquartered in Rhode Island, won a 2015 Best of Rhode Island Editor’s Pick award for “Toffee Popcorn.”  The business is also one of the first participants in Hope and Main’s culinary incubator program in Warren. Roselette DeWitt makes English butter toffee baked popcorn in flavors like Rhode Island coffee milk, sweet Masala curry, Mexican vanilla, lemon, hot cinnamon and more. The popcorn is air popped, infused with fruit and/or spices and twice baked in small batches in their bakery in Cranston using only the finest ingredients; sweet cream butter, pure cane sugar, non-GMO kernels and only natural fruit extracts and oils. Vote for Biggest Little PopCorn Company.

Two local crafters are also in the running as American Made finalists. Laura Kramer of LBK Studio in Pawtucket combines innovative design with the expression of the fascinating qualities of the materiality of glass. Learn more about LBK Studio.

Deanna Russo of Bow K is also a finalist in the crafting category for her creative rehearsal bouquets, keepsakes, centerpieces, tree toppers and decor made from up-cycled ribbons, bows, silk flowers and more. Learn more about Bow K.

Good luck to all the finalists!