We tasted products from around the country to find the best of the best from small-production food artisans. By Cindy Hatcher
Photo: Travis Rathbone
Bellwether Farms Whole Jersey Ricotta ($8 for 12-ounce basket)
Sweet, creamy proof that ricotta can be so much more than lasagna filler. Tastes of sweet milk with rich, creamy mouthfeel. Toss with hot pasta, or spread on toasted whole-grain bread.