Martha Stewart American Made Awards
Directly from the website:
American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.
For more than 20 years, Martha Stewart has celebrated this spirit of innovation in the pages of her magazines and on her television shows. Now, 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.
We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-malls—supporting the local and the handmade. Our country’s makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.
This is where you will meet, learn from, and be inspired by fellow makers from around the country. Welcome.
That sums it up nicely, and y’all know how I feel about American-made items. I’m opening up an entire store based on that very affection. But there are three awesome companies based right up the road (a road I travel many times per week) in our own Thomasville, Georgia that are in the running to win the Martha Stewart American Made Awards! I thought I would do a little spotlight on them and encourage you all to go vote for them! Let’s help SoWeGa gain a little national recognition from my home girl.
Dreaming Cow Creamery
Dreaming Cow Creamery‘s offices are located in Thomasville, but the gals (cows) are located on their farm in Pavo. A sister company of famed Sweet Grass Dairy, Dreaming Cow Creamery makes New Zealand-style full fat yogurt that is out. of. this. world. Wheat and I are obsessed with their yogurt and have been since I lived in Tallahassee. It’s the bomb.com and my personal favorite-of-all-time yogurt. Their cows are grass-fed year-round, and in the heat of the South Georgia summer spend their time under irrigation pivots. They lead happy, happy lives, which much be why their yogurt tastes so darn good.
I’ve mentioned Blackberry Patch here before – they were at Due South’s Makers Market. And they’re stuff is the jam. (I know y’all love my puns…?) Founded in 1988, Blackberry Patch makes all manner of fruity jarred goodness, including syrups, jams, jellies, and even salsas, using real fruits and family recipes. They give back to the community, too! Each year, a portion of the profits from Blackberry Patch goes to support four charities: Marion Medical Missions, providing clean water in developing nations; The Gideons, bringing the Word of God to millions each year, Habitat for Humanity, providing sustainable housing around the globe.
You’ve seen Schermer Pecans here on O&P before, too – they sponsored the 2014 Southern C Summit! A family-owned for 65 years and true Southwest Georgia-wide operation, Schermer Pecans‘ trees are just outside of Albany, Georgia, and their offices are in Thomasville. Not just plain ole pecans, Schermer Pecans has candied pecans and tons of gift options, too. Plus, y’all know I am a fan of anyone who is a fan of my beloved spaniels.
All right, you’ve got the dirt on these three so… GO VOTE! You can vote six times per day once you register, up until October 13th. It would be so great to see one of these win the Fan Favorite Award. So be a doll and hop to it!