In order to be eligible for a Good Food Award, preserves products must be made in the USA and with ingredients that are foraged or grown:
• With respect for seasonality.
• Without synthetic inputs including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and fertilizer.*
• Without any artificial ingredients.
• Without genetically modified organisms (including GM beet sugar and GM pectin).
Additionally, preserves entries must fit within one of these subcategories.
*Sugar and ingredients that make up less than 2% of the product, such as pectin, lemon and spices, may be sourced from farther afield, and are not required to be grown organically due to barriers in cost and access in some regions. However, the primary preserved fruit must be grown using the above organic standards.