10 American companies were choosen by Martha and a panel of judges for their inspiring work in the fields of food, crafts, style, and design. Check out their stories!
Photography: Sara Essex Bradley1 of 10
Leontine Linens creates modern handcrafted linens, featuring monograms in bright colors and creative designs in New Orleans, Louisiana. The company has been preserving and reinventing this classic art form and infusing it with a contemporary twist since 1996. Who the makers are is sewn into every stitch. Every piece tells a story, and every stitch sewn is done out of passion and a love for an art that was once fading.
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Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Annie’s Annuals & Perennials is a two-and-a-half-acre wholesale, retail, and mail-order nursery located in the perfect growing climate of Richmond, California, across the bay from San Francisco. Growing more than 2,000 varieties and trying out at least 100 new plants every year, Annie's specializes in the rare and the unusual (including cottage-garden heirlooms, California natives, and plants from around the world). The business has become a mecca for plant lovers and garden designers alike, where the company aims to teach and inspire with large demonstration gardens and hundreds of blooming sample pots. There's also a kids’ play area, chickens, a picnic area, and even displays of quirky art pieces.
Photography: Gotham Greens/Mark Weinberg3 of 10
Gotham Greens is an urban agriculture company that grows extraordinary fresh produce in extraordinarily fresh places. Its pesticide-free leafy greens, herbs, and tomatoes are exclusively produced at four greenhouse facilities in NYC and Chicago, and can be found at local restaurants and supermarkets. The company's growing methods use a fraction of the resources of conventional agriculture. Gotham Greens is ecologically focused with its growing practices and uses non-GMO seeds, recycled H2O, and clean energy.
Photography: Liesa Cole4 of 10
Little River Sock Mill
Gina Locklear's family has been sock makers for almost 25 years. They manufacture socks at their own mill in Fort Payne, Alabama, a town formerly known as the "Sock Capital of the World." They knit in small batches, using high-quality certified-organic cotton to create designs with their Southern heritage in mind. They make every sock themselves, handling every step of the process, from design to manufacture to packaging, which is almost unheard of in the sock business.
Photography: Gabriela Herman5 of 10
Rainbow Iris Farm
The breeding programs of Rainbow Iris Farm's mail-order nursery focuses primarily on smaller irises for smaller gardens, seeking to maximize color and vigor in compact plants. In addition to its own breeding interests, the farm works with other up-and-coming hybridizers around the country to evaluate their work in the Zone 5 Midwestern conditions of Bedford, Iowa, and to help them bring new varieties to market.
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Photography: Hannah Milman6 of 10
Pine Island Tropicals/FruitScapes
Pine Island Tropicals
Located on an island in Southwest Florida, Pine Island Tropicals has been a 16-acre eco-friendly family-owned and -operated farm since 1993. It proudly grows a wide range of tropical ornamental plants, tropical flowers, and tropical organic produce and sugarcane. It also makes small-batch locally grown products.
FruitScapes is located on Pine Island in Southwest Florida. Its business is part fruit-tree nursery, part tropical-fruit market. As you walk into the roadside market, you can see the different fruit trees and discover how they grow. You can taste the different fruits, buy them, and, if interested, even buy the tree for your own garden.
Photography: Kenneth Locker7 of 10
Portola Paints & Glazes
Portola Paints is a family-owned paint store in Los Angeles run by two brothers. Together, they focus on creating local, environmentally conscious custom finishes and colors tailored to their clients’ vision. They are both admittedly obsessed with creating new colors. Their aim is to bring every client’s desired feeling to life, one space at a time, while using local, responsible manufacturing. They blend every color by hand here in Los Angeles and are committed to bringing a new kind of experience of paint and color to the design community.
Photography: Robert Moses8 of 10
Peter Sandback makes tables in Harrisville, New Hampshire, that are simple in form, but with surfaces that are highly decorated with inlaid nails. The nails are glued into predrilled holes and then cut flush with the table surface. Then the whole thing is sanded smooth and finished. The resulting effect is a table surface with many shiny metallic dots. The nail patterns that he uses vary. Some of his favorite source material includes old fabric and Japanese fabric stencils. He has been a one-man shop for 23 years. He makes each piece by hand. He sells some of his work through a showroom in New York City. The rest he sells directly to designers and architects. He brings new work to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair each spring.
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Smith Family Farm
Smith Family Farm is a small-scale grass-based dairy and diversified farm located in Bar Harbor, Maine, nestled against Acadia National Park. The 68-acre farm consists of 30 acres of pasture, an heirloom-apple orchard, vegetable fields, and a managed white-pine forest. The pasture and nearby land support a herd of eight grass-fed Jersey cows, their calves, and steers. The farm's delicious rich milk is made into a variety of products, including bottled raw milk, yogurt, frozen Greek yogurt, artisanal cheeses, buttermilk, and butter. Whey and milk residue is fed to heritage-breed pigs. The farmers raise bull calves as steers on pasture to provide grass-fed beef of the highest quality. A greenhouse and vegetable fields provide produce in season; the products are sold through retail markets and directly to customers and friends at farmers’ markets and on the farm.
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Friends with a passion for nature and consciousness wanted to make a difference in the world by creating beauty products with a higher purpose. Baiser Beauty was born summer 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida, with the intent of being an eco-conscious and pure beauty brand that would bring awareness to consumers about respecting the planet and all living beings. Its collection of makeup and skin-care products provides a holistic approach to beauty. Every product has healing, nourishing, and restorative properties that balance mind, body, and spirit. The line is handcrafted, cruelty free, chemical/toxin free, and vegan friendly. The brand develops clean and beautiful formulas for everyday basic needs, using the highest-quality 100-percent-certified-organic plant-based, aromatherapeutic-grade ingredients that restore skin cells, and align chakras.
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