Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company receives American Cheese Society Award
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company was awarded a third place finish at the American Cheese Society (ACS) Annual Conference and Competition. The Governor’s Cheddar is raw milk cheddar produced with help from Vermont’s own Governor Peter Shumlin during the company’s first year in business.
“We are very appreciative of the Governor’s efforts and contributions in making the inaugural batch of our aged cheddar cheese. We knew all along that our aged cheddar, like the governor, is distinctive and special and so named the cheese after him, this prestigious award lets cheese lovers all over know it, too,” said Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company Senior Vice President Specialty Foods, Valerie Traynor.
The largest competition to date, the 2012 ACS Competition included 254 companies submitting 1,711 different products. Unlike other cheese competitions, where cheeses are only graded down for technical defects, ACS’s goal is to give positive recognition to those cheeses that are of the highest quality in their aesthetic and technical evaluation. As a result, the highest quality cheeses are those that ACS feels deserve the recognition of an award. .
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive such a prestigious award from the American Cheese Society, especially since we’ve been producing cheese for only 18 months from our South Woodstock community. This really is a terrific day for our company, dedicated employees, and Vermont cheesemakers,” Traynor added.
Other local, Vermont cheese winners included Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery, Franklin Foods, Maple Brook Farm, Cellars at Jasper Hill, Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Thistle Farm, Boston Post Dairy, Grafton Village Cheese, and Consider Bardwell Farm.
A complete list of all of this year’s ACS winners can be found out:
About Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company:
Only 100 percent Vermont milk is used to create Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company’s artisanal and farmstead cheeses and specialty food products. The company was conceived and founded as a community based effort to preserve the rural way of life in South Woodstock. www.vermontfarmstead.com.