Four locals compete in the Martha Stewart American Made contest

Vote for your favorite through September 22
The Wellfleet Sea Salt Co. is one of four competitors vying for the American Made Grand Prize. Photo courtesy of Wellfleet Sea Salt Co.

Four local companies are competing in the 2013 Martha Stewart American Made contest and there is only a few more days left to place your votes.

Voting in the contest sponsored by Martha Stewart Living opened on August 26 and closes September 22. The winners of six categories (food, crafts, design, style, gardening and technology) will be announced on September 23. Voters will then be asked to choose a grand prize winner between September 23 and 30. The 2013 Audience Choice Award Winner will be announced on October 1. That winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize.

The American Made movement celebrates local makers--those who create with their own hands.

The four Cape Cod competitors are:

  • Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest - Harwich's Deb Grenier has been making local jams and jellies since 1999.
  • Cape Cod Lavender Farm - Harwich's Cynthia Sutphin has been creating products with the lavender grown at her farm since 1995.
  • Cape Cod Salt Works Sea Salt - East Orleans's Janice Burling and Penny Lewis have been using colonial methods to create their local brand of sea salt since 2012.
  • Wellfleet Sea Salt Company - Wellfleet's Hope Schwartz-Leeper and Zak Fagiano have been producing sea salt from the waters of Wellfleet since 2012.

Three are competing in the food category and one is competing under gardening. There are also four competitors from the islands.

You can vote for your favorite six times per day and each vote enters you in a weekly drawing.

On the Cape side, the sea salts are lagging behind vote-wise with Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest leading the local pack with 16,795 votes as of Friday morning.

The celebration of American made products is a natural fit with Cape Cod where farmers markets and artisan fairs fill the calendar  year-round. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on