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New England’s Finest

Cost: $49 for a one-month subscription, $46 per month for three months, $43 per month for six months or $39 per month for 12 months. (Subscriptions are prepaid and automatically renew, but can be cancelled anytime)
Visit: newenglandsfinest.com 
Email: contact@newenglandsfinest.com




Crafty foods
New Hampshire-based startup highlights artisan foods from across New England

01/25/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 A new Granite State-based subscription service is bringing local artisan jams, sauces, coffees, syrups and more right to your doorstep.

New England’s Finest is a new startup business that delivers themed boxes with four to six hand-selected items from all six New England states. Chief curation officer and co-founder Matt Gianino launched the Madbury-based service last May as an initiative to benefit both small businesses and their potential new customers.
“We wanted to support local [people] … that are doing really high-quality work and are producing amazing food,” Gianino said, “but secondly, we’re meeting a niche need for people who are interested in certain products but aren’t able to go to the country store every day.”
When signing up for New England’s Finest, you have the option of choosing either one-, three-, six- or 12-month subscriptions, and each box is mailed on or around the 15th of each month with a different theme depending on the time of the year. Single boxes can also be purchased.
The sources of the products often rotate throughout the year but normally include one from each New England state, according to Gianino.
Several of his partners are also based in the Granite State, like Hope Bars in Brookline, which has contributed quinoa-based energy bars. Wayward Gourmet in Manchester has had its barbecue rubs and spices in some boxes, and Blackwater Mustard Co. in Contoocook contributes handmade mustard batches, which include flavors like hot and sweet chocolate stout. There is also a wide spectrum of products that come from each of the other five New England states.
“These individuals are students of their craft and are trying to [make their products] like no one else is doing,” Gianino said. “It’s all about quality over quantity and taking great care in every step.”
The theme of each box is usually in line with the time of year, Gianino said. For example, there was a “backyard barbecue” themed box over the summer with various rubs and sauces, and a fall harvest box that followed it a few months later with products like an apple-infused maple syrup and a cider donut pancake mix.
While the boxes themselves won’t ever repeat each year, the themes will likely remain the same or be modified in some way to make them different.
Gianino said the idea for New England’s Finest was born out of his admiration for entrepreneurial activity in the region and a desire to provide an easy and convenient way to share those original products.
“A lot of people are trying to make it on their own and are carving out their own individual niches,” he said, “and so I did some research and started attending fairs, farmers markets and food expos and proactively reached out to these folks to build relationships.”
He said the best way for customers to find out more information about the businesses that participate in New England’s Finest is to sign up for the email list.
“Once you do that, you’ll get a newsletter from us twice a month,” he said. “The first one is an introduction to that month’s theme … [and] the second one comes after everyone receives their box, and that will give people a taste of what’s coming up.” 





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