Local Hero Awards

Local Hero Awards

Announcing the 2018 Edible Madison Local Hero Award Winners! 

Farm/Farmer: Kevin and Keely Oppermann, Highland Spring Farm

Chef/Restaurant: Stephen Carroll, Brasserie V

Food Shop: Anna Thomas Bates and Anna Landmark, Landmark Creamery Provisions

Food Artisan: Andy Hatch and Scott Mericka, Uplands Cheese

Nonprofit: Soil Sisters

Read all about them here!

Here's your opportunity to recognize the hard work your favorite food and farming organizations and businesses have put into championing farm fresh, locally-produced food in our southern Wisconsin region. Edible Madison's annual Local Hero Awards are “people’s choice” awards, nominated and voted on by you, our readers, which makes this award all the more meaningful to the recipients.


Nominations are opened each fall (watch for announcements on our website, Facebook and Twitter) and are submitted by the general public. Self-nominations are accepted.

Any southern Wisconsin food producer, business and food/farming-focused non-profit located within Edible Madison's 13-county region is eligible to be nominated. Past winners are eligible again beginning the 2nd year after their award. 

Nominees for the Local Hero Awards should demonstrate leadership in our communities in the following ways:

  • Responsible environmental and social practices
  • High quality products and services
  • Positive economic impact
  • Commitment to building a robust local food system

Awards are granted in five categories:

  • Farm/Farmer
  • Chef/Restaurant
  • Food Shop
  • Food/Beverage Artisan
  • Non-Profit

How are finalists determined? 

After the nomination period closes, Edible Madison staff compile all nominations. Up to four nominees with the most votes from each category will move on to the final public voting round, which will be announced 2-3 weeks after the nomination period closes. 

How are the award winners chosen?

The winners will be determined through a public voting period, after which the winners will be the finalists in each category who receive the most votes. 

What's the prize for the winners?

Each winner will get to select a Wisconsin non-profit organization of their choice to receive a $500 donation from Edible Madison's Local Hero Awards. 

The award winners will be announced in our spring issue each year. Watch ediblemadison.com, our Facebook page and Twitter for updates. 

How do I participate?

Watch our magazine, this web page and our social media pages for announcements and links to submit nominations each fall and vote each December. Winners are announced in each spring issue. 

When nominations or voting periods are not open, we encourage you to participate by supporting your favorite local farms, businesses and non-profits year-round. Even better - tell them face-to-face how much you enjoy their work!