Good Food Awards: Nineteen Washington Businesses Honored for Flavor and Sustainability  

Washington is home to a rich, varied, and delicious food system. Anyone who’s been to a farmers market or local grocery store will tell you about how fortunate we are to live in an abundant region, where food artisans and farmers work together to bring creative and nourishing products to our plates. Those of us who live and visit here know how special this place is, so we were excited to see local food businesses getting recognition on a national level! 

Photo courtesy of Sauk Farm
Photo courtesy of Bellingham Pasta Company

Nineteen – yes, 19! – Washington businesses took home a Good Food Award this year, honoring social and environmental responsibility, craftsmanship, and flavor. A program of the Good Food Foundation, the Good Food Awards recognize that truly good food brings people together and builds strong, healthy communities. We couldn’t agree more.  

Bellingham Pasta Company has brought high-quality fresh pasta to the Puget Sound area since 2007. Their pasta is made from non-GMO, non-enriched flour and whole eggs, using local products whenever possible. They took home a Good Food Award for their pappardelle. 

Pangea Ferments is a family-run business making sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented pickles, jalapenos, beets, spicy brussels sprouts, and other seasonal goods in Bellingham. By sourcing local, organic vegetables, they support their local food economy and preserve the harvest at peak season. Their flavors and commitment to sustainability netted them a Good Food Award for their kimchi, curtido sauerkraut, and garlic dill sauerkraut.  

Funky’s Hot Sauce Factory is a hot sauce and condiment company located in Bellingham, known for their locally sourced and organic ingredients – as well as their creative and delicious flavor combinations. They were recently featured on the popular show Hot Ones, and they were honored with a Good Food Award for their Chili Librae and Stellar Fuzz hot sauces.  

Marie’s Bees is dedicated to ethical, sustainable, and healthy honeybee practices, working with local beekeepers and farms to bring high-quality products to their community. They were recognized with a Good Food Award for their Savory Honey, which blends raw Pacific Northwest honey with thyme, rosemary, and sea salt. 

Speaking of sea salt, San Juan Island Sea Salt won a Good Food Award for their Salted Honey Caramels. They produce solar-evaporated sea salt, raw honey, and a small assortment of fruits and vegetables on San Juan Island.  

Photo courtesy of Funky’s Hot Sauce
Photo courtesy of Girl Meets Dirt

Fellow island business Girl Meets Dirt also took home a Good Food Award for their Apricot Shrub. Girl Meets Dirt Heritage Preserves are inspired by the long history of orchard keeping on Orcas Island and a craving for high quality, locally sourced, organic fruit preserves. They craft jams, shrubs, and bitters, made in an old-school style. 

Bow Hill Blueberries is a small family farm with a huge commitment to growing and preserving organic heirloom blueberries. Established in 1947, it is the oldest blueberry farm in Skagit Valley. They won a Good Food Award for their Organic Heirloom Blueberry Juice.  

Also in the Skagit Valley, Sauk Farm is an organic family farm aptly located at the base of Sauk Mountain. Their love affair with fruit began many years ago with a few backyard fruit trees and a giant grape vine and led them all the way to Good Food Awards for their Honeycrisp Dried Apples and Honeycrisp Apple Cider. 

Terramar Brewstillery is a brewery, cidery, and distillery that pays tribute to the fertile farmlands of Skagit Valley by producing terroir-driven beer, cider, and spirits – not to mention amazing artisan pizza. They won a Good Food Award for their 2023 Space Quadyssey, a full-bodied, bold, and complex Belgian Style Quadrupel beer. 

Photo courtesy of Terramar Brewstillery
Photo courtesy of Liberty Ciderworks

Located in Spokane, Liberty Ciderworks employs “natural wine” methods in all their ferments, never filtering and allowing each orchard’s native yeast to work its magic. Their Gravenstein and Virginia Crab Ciders were honored with Good Food Awards. 

Olympia Coffee Roasting Company is grounded in their quality-of-life mission, which led them to create direct trade partnerships with coffee farmers worldwide. They received Good Food Awards for their Little Buddy Blend and Colombia Amparo Pajoy. 

OlyKraut handcrafts sauerkrauts, pickles, and sipping brines in Olympia, Washington. For nearly a decade they’ve developed their original recipes, using centuries-old preservation techniques, and sourcing the best possible ingredients. They won a Good Food Award for their Organic Curry Sauerkraut.  

Reverend Al’s Bona Fide Potents are a collection of all natural, nearly mystical, alchemical ingredients. Each batch of bitters, tinctures, elixirs and shrubs is lovingly formulated and produced in Tacoma, Washington. They were awarded Good Food Awards for Aparativo Paradisi (a syrup) and Raspberry Fire (a shrub). 

Photo courtesy of OlyKraut
Photo courtesy of Salt Blade

Seattle-based Bakery Nouveau won a Good Food Award for their Black Raspberry Confiture de Nouveau (made with Sidhu Farms berries) as well as their 70% Confection – 70% dark chocolate ganache and vanilla bean.  

Salt Blade, also in Seattle, won a Good Food Award for their Truffle Salami. Salt Blade believes in direct support of sustainable farming practices, sourcing all the meat they use from Olsen Farms in Colville. 

Based out of Seattle, Primary Beans is an online purveyor of single-origin heirloom and organic dried beans sourced directly from their climate-conscious farm partners. They received a Good Food Award for their Southwest Gold Beans, which are grown in collaboration with UC Davis breeder Travis Parker and Idaho farm Ernie’s Organics. 

Cascadia Creamery is a family business in the foothills of Mount Adams in the small town of Trout Lake. They believe cheese should be an expression of the land – in the shadow of Mount Adams, mineral-rich glacial streams, volcanic soil, and ancient lava tube caves provide the perfect conditions to craft their aged raw, certified organic cheeses. They won Good Food Awards for their Sleeping Beauty and Cloud Cap cheeses.  

Camas’ own MOB Sauce won a Good Food Award for their Chilean Chimichurri Sauce. MOB Sauce embraces the flavors of the world to create mouthwatering plant-based sauces free from most primary allergens.  

Photo courtesy of Cascadia Creamery

And last but certainly not least, Blue Skies Bakery in White Salmon received a Good Food Award for their Cardamom-Coconut Granola. They’re dedicated to making the best granola you can find in the region, baking all four of their flavors in small batches with simple, clean ingredients.  

We’re so fortunate to live in a place that values the hard work of those who grow, harvest, catch, and make our food. Getting national recognition from the Good Food Awards is just the cherry (a locally grown Rainier Sweet cherry, of course) on top. You can find many of these winners – and other local farmers and food businesses on the Washington Food and Farm Finder.