Tell us about your business.We began our journey in 2008 and have been dedicated ever since then to showing people that amazing food can be found in the freezer. Growing up on one of the first organic farms in the state of Maine, I grew up using the freezer as a tool to preserve food made with love. We exhaustively source ingredients so that our products tastes just like they would if you had the time and made them yourself. Our food is now sold nationally (as of last week!) and one of our main goals is to support small, artisan ingredient producers with our ingredient procurement. We've partnered with Pineland Farms Creamery in Maine for the Cheddar and Monterey Jack used in all our macs and will continue to strive for more. We aim to become a true "Farm to Shelf" option for busy people who can't make it to a local farmers market. Our Taste Trace program gives our customers transparency to our choices for our products. More info can be found at www.Good-Tastes.com/TasteTrace
What makes your business stand out?Here is a snapshot of our company manifesto - sums it up! Life is Busy. And Short. And Exhilarating. There’s something powerful in the idea of eating simply. You are busy solving things. Building things. Growing things. Eat food that will energize you. Excite you. Focus you. Organic and all natural matter. But also give me something that fuels my belly and also warms my soul. Our grandmas were on to it. Making meals from scratch and using the freezer to preserve them for a rainy day. Meals that make you want to do a touchdown dance. Food that was meant to share. With ingredients that come from somewhere you can visit. Cheese from cows with names, not numbers. Because you want to delight the people you love when you feed them. Start eating food that will change your life. For Good.
What's the best business advice you've received?Mistakes can treat you more as an entrepreneur that lots of successes. Dig into them. Learn from them. And then move on to the next challenge.
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
Vote for your favorite American makers.
Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
Join us for our annual event in New York City.