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Chester County Cheese Producer Wins Best of Show in 2019 Farm Show Cheese Competition

Chester County Cheese Producer Wins Best of Show in 2019 Farm Show Cheese Competition

HARRISBURG, PA — The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville, Chester County won two Best in Show awards during the Cheese Competition on opening day of the 2019 Farm Show. The Farm at Doe Run has won Best in Show for five years in a row.

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Cheryl Cook announced winners of the fifth annual competition including Best of Show wins by St. Malachi and Seven Sisters from The Farm at Doe Run of Coatesville, Chester County, and Hootenanny from Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy in Allison Park, Allegheny County. The Best in Show winners covered three distinct cheese categories including Swiss and alpine style.

In early December, expert judges evaluated 49 entries in 20 categories from 16 creameries in 11 counties across the state. Entries ranging from Swiss to Soft Cheeses and Smear Ripened to Smoked illustrated the diverse range and quality of Pennsylvania-produced cheese products.

Cheeses are submitted in whole wheels or blocks and judged by a team of six technical and aesthetic judges on flavor and aroma; appearance and packaging; body and texture; and cheese-specific characteristics.

Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for Swiss cheese, at 9.1 million pounds per year and fifth in Italian cheese, at more than 250 million pounds per year.

During the 103rd PA Farm Show, visitors can sample cheeses from the competition at the Cheese Guild booth located in the Main Hall. Pennsylvania produced cheeses can also be purchased at the brand-new Main Hall Farmer’s Market.

First, second and third-place winners in each category are:

Cow’s Milk Cheeses

Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack

  1. Paradise Reserve – Alpine Heritage Creamery, Paradise, Lancaster County
  2. Paradise Cheddar – Alpine Heritage Creamery, Paradise, Lancaster County
  3. Four Leaf Clover – Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, Williamsburg, Blair County

Flavored Cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack

  1. Hop and Spicy Curdz – Calkin’s Creamery, Honesdale, Wayne County
  2. Garlic and Chive Cheddar –Penn Dairy, Winfield, Union County

Swiss and Alpine Style

  1. St. Malachi—The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville, Chester County
  2. Swiss – Penn Dairy, Winfield, Union County

Soft Cheeses

  1. Clover – Valley Milkhouse, Oley, Berks County
  2. Whole Milk Ricotta– Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, Newburg, Cumberland County
  1. Lamagna Ricotta Whole Milk Stand – Lamagna Cheese, Verona, Allegheny County

Mold Ripened Cheeses

  1. Blooming Clover – Aaron K Glick, Quarryville, Lancaster County
  2. Noble RD – Calkin’s Creamery, Honesdale, Wayne County
  3. Noblette – Calkin’s Creamery, Honesdale, Wayne County

Semi-Soft, Semi-Hard, Hard Cheeses

  1. Seven Sisters – The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville, Chester County
  2. More Cowbell – Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park, Allegheny County
  3. Sir Farmer – Farmer Rudolph’s, Lebanon, Lebanon County

Goat’s Milk Cheeses

Soft Cheeses

  1. Chevre – Linden Dale Farm LLC, Ronks, Lancaster County
  2. Fresh Chevre – Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park, Allegheny County
  3. Chevre – Little Antietam Goat Dairy, Waynesboro, Franklin County

Surface Ripened Cheeses

  1. Milky Way – Aaron K Glick, Quarryville, Lancaster County
  2. Black Diamond– Yellow Springs Farm LLC, Chester Springs, Chester County
  3. Dalencay – Linden Dale Farm LLC, Ronks, Lancaster County

All Milk and Mixed Milks Cheeses

Blue-Veined Cheeses

  1. Birchrun Blue – Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs, Chester County

Washed Rind and Smear Ripened Cheeses

  1. Red Cat – Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs, Chester County
  2. Ploughman Cider Wash Tomme – Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, Newburg, Cumberland County

Smoked Cheeses

  1. Smoke Gouda– Farmer Rudolph’s, Lebanon, Lebanon County
  2. Applewood Cheddar — Alpine Heritage Creamery, Paradise, Lancaster County

Semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, goat, mixed

  1. Hootenanny – Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park, Allegheny County
  2. The Creamery Collection Batch #1 — The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville, Chester County
  3. Feta — Little Antietam Goat Dairy, Waynesboro, Franklin County

Flavored, soft, semi-soft, semi-soft, hard, cow, goat, sheep, mixed

  1. Cowboy Coffee – Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park, Allegheny County
  2. Cran Apple Vache– Penn Dairy, Winfield, Union County
  3. Tomme Mole – Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs, Chester County

The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to our capital city every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 12,000 competitive exhibits, including more than 5,200 animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational, entertaining events. Visitors get a peek into the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $135.7 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.

The 2019 show runs January 5-12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 6, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 12, when it opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

For more information about the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit farmshow.pa.gov.

Source: Pennsylvania Farm Show

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