Awards Vault Craig Deihl Into Elite Group of Food Artisans

cdeihlWhen Cypress’ Craig Deihl this month claimed a Good Food Award for his cured meat, he was one of 130 honorees. But Deihl belongs to a far more select group of celebrated artisans: He’s one of only six food producers to win a Good Food Award in all four years of the program’s existence, and the lone Southern producer to achieve the distinction.

Created by San Francisco’s Seedlings Projects to recognize food deemed “tasty, responsible and authentic,” the annual Good Food Awards are considered the top prizes in the handcrafted food-and-drink world. For this year’s contest, cheese makers, picklers, chocolatiers, distillers and fermenters – among other artisans – submitted 1450 different products for judging. Continue reading

Farmers Markets Invade Folly

Quick quiz: Which Folly market's pictured here? (Hint: Friday's Farm & Artist Market doesn't debut until Sept. 13.)

Quick quiz: Which Folly farmers market is pictured here? (Hint: Friday’s Farm & Artist Market doesn’t debut until Sept. 13.)

At the start of August, Folly Beach didn’t have its own farmers market. By the end of September, the community will have two.

The Folly Beach Farm & Artist Market debuts next Friday, Sept. 13, just weeks after the Folly Beach Farmers’ Market began convening on Wednesday evenings. While organizers initially contemplated a joint effort, diverging visions resulted in the bifurcated set-up.

For non-Folly folks, here’s a guide to keeping the markets straight: Continue reading