The first project from Good Food Originals was Hop Along, a cider-washed cheese from Cowgirl Creamery made with organic milk from Straus Family Creamery. The rind is washed with organic cider from Apple Bite Cider and enhances a supple, luxurious paste. The rich and silky texture is balanced beautifully with a bright tartness, which makes it perfect for cooking and great for snacking. Hop Along pairs well with toasted nuts, figs in Port, Prosciutto and delicate dry cured meat, like Bresaola. Hop Along was exclusive to members of the Good Food Merchants Collaborative in Fall 2018 and Cowgirl Creamery generously contributed 50 cents of every pound sold to the Good Food Foundation through the end of 2018.Learn More
Partnering with visionary producers and retailers, Good Food Originals is a line of experimental new products available exclusively during an initial six month period at member stores of the Good Food Merchants Alliance, a growing group of 35 retailers united in support of great American food crafters and a thriving independent retail landscape. The project enables values-aligned makers and merchants to help each other: Merchants unite to buy the first batch of a new product and lower risk and uncertainty inherent in a new launch, while makers enable top merchants to offer something unique that distinguishes their shelves.
With a spring and fall release, each featuring three crafters selected to merchandise well together, Good Food Originals will become an anticipated part of a seasonal product calendar. The red Good Food Originals logo will become a cue to consumers interested in new on a specially curated items, exceptional in both taste and sustainability.
Continuing the virtuous cycle, makers of Good Food Originals pledge a portion of sales to the Good Food Fund that coordinates these collaborations that supports the launch of new Good Food Originals, pushing the envelope towards a humanized and more sustainable food system. The select group of Good Food Originals crafters have the opportunity to develop relationships with the best independent retail stores in the U.S. and be featured in Good Food Foundation marketing and social media.
Good Food Originals is a project of the Good Food Foundation, developed with key merchant and maker advisors, supported by an Advisory Committee, including Wendy Robinson of Market Hall Foods, Debra Dickerson of Tomales Bay Foods/Cowgirl Creamery, Hunter Fike of Di Bruno Bros and Scott Frank of Rustic Bakery. The project was launched through the support of Good Food Fund Founding Funders.
Check back for news on the upcoming launch of several Good Food Originals in fall 2019.