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Sep. 23, 2010
FireFly Farms, producer of artisanal goat cheeses from Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau, recently announced that three of its aged goat cheeses received top honors at the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) annual conference and judging held in Seattle, Wash.
The 2010 Judging & Competition saw a record number of entries: 1,462 cheeses and cultured milk products from 225 different producers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A total of 350 ribbons were awarded in 107 different distinct categories.
“The increase in this year’s entries mirrors the fantastic growth we’re seeing in the industry. As more people strive to make excellent cheese, they are turning to ACS for feedback about their products,” said ACS president Christine Hyatt. “The vision of our founders was not only to recognize the best cheeses in our industry, but also to offer feedback and guidance that will improve the quality of all cheeses produced in the Americas. This philosophy is still at the heart of our judging process today.”
FireFly Farms’ aged goat cheese, Black & Blue™, received the first place ribbon competing in a class against other blue-veined cheeses made from goat’s milk. This ribbon is the fourth individual honor received by FireFly Farm’s Black & Blue. These honors now include consecutive first place finishes in the ACS judging for 2008, 2009 and 2010.