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Farms for City Kids Foundation Takes Best of Show at ACS Judging

Tarentaise Reserve from Farms for City Kids Foundation in Vermont was named “Best of Show” among 1,685 entries at the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) 2014 Judging & Competition. The results were announced in a ceremony on Thursday, July 31, at the 31st Annual ACS Conference in Sacramento. Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company from California was awarded second place overall for its Point Reyes Bay Blue.  In a tie for third place overall are Oakdale Cheese & Specialties’ Aged Gouda from California and Sprout Creek Farm’s Eden from New York.

Jeremy Stephenson, Cheese Program Director of Farms for City Kids Foundation, said of the Best of Show win, “The more I’m involved in this work, the more it becomes clear to me that what we’re doing is so much a part of agriculture and working to develop a new sustainable food system. We’re a small part of that. When we do this work we have to remember we’re part of something much bigger than an individual or individual farm, we’re a part of a community. The people that buy our cheese are supporting something very important for the future.”

The 2014 ACS Judging & Competition saw 1,685 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 248 companies. Entering companies represented 39 U.S. states, 4 Canadian provinces, and Colombia. 325 ribbons were awarded: 89 first place ribbons, 109 second place ribbons, and 127 third place ribbons.

For tie full list of this year’s winners and judges’ bios, visit www.cheesejudging.org.

The 32nd Annual ACS Conference & Competition will take place July 29 – Aug. 1, 2015, in Providence, Rhode Island.