Kimchi, cortado, bread and butter pickles: all vinegared and lacto-fermented savories made around the country from real ingredients that are responsibly foraged or grown without the use of synthetic inputs are eligible for the Good Food Guild pickles category.
The Good Food Guild relies on the expertise of the pickles community to develop, revise and set standards for the category. As farming and pickling techniques evolve, so do our standards. Read on to learn what those standards are and meet the picklers of the Good Food Guild.
In order to join the Good Food Guild, pickle companies must meet the following standards for at least 50% of their product line:
- Made in the USA or US territories.
- Free of artificial ingredients, including colors, flavors and preservatives.
- Free of genetically modified ingredients.
- Made with domestic, non-petroleum based vinegar, where vinegar is used.
- Made with ingredients that are foraged or grown:
- With respect for seasonality.*
- Without the use of synthetic inputs, including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
- Made by a crafter that is an upstanding member of the good food community, oriented toward growing their business in harmony with a better food system.
*Ingredients that make up less than 2% of the product, such as spices, may be sourced from farther afield.