PRESENTING OUR 2021 MAINE CHEESE AWARD WINNERS

FRESH CHEESE

1. ChiGoBee Farm (Pownal) – Plain Chevre
2. Noisy Acres Farm (Buxton) – Plain Chevre
3. Flying Goat Farm (New Gloucester) Plain Chevre

Honorable Mention:
Pineland Farms (Bangor) - Cheddar Curds
Springdale Farm (Waldo) - Cream Cheese
Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm ( Sidney) Chevre

FLAVORED FRESH CHEESE

1. York Hill Farm (Washington) – Green Peppercorn and Nutmeg Roll
2. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefield) – (Appleton recipe) Chevre in Oil
3. Crooked Face Creamery (Skowhegan) – Garlic & Rosemary Ricotta

Honorable Mentions:
Abrahams Creamery (Newport) -Herbs De Provence
Sunflower Farm Creamery (Cumberland) - Marinated Chevre
Dreahmin Fahm Dairy and Creamery (Wilton) - Garlic and Basil Chevre

SOFT RIPENED CHEESE: Bloomy

1. Winter Hill Farm (Freeport) - Tideline
2. Silvery Moon Creamery (Westbrook) - Camembert
3. Spring Day Creamery (Durham) - Out  & About

Honorable Mentions:
Silvery Moon Creamery ( Westbrook) - Camembert with Fenugreek
Flying Goat Farm - (New Gloucester) - Grace
Lakins Gorges Cheese at East Forty Farm ( Waldoboro) - Rockweed

WASHED RIND CHEESE

1. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefiield) - Cyclone
2. Josh Pond Farm (Whiting) - Rocky Lake Raclette
3. Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm (Sidney) – Quaker Hill

Honorable Mention:
Winter Hill Farm (Freeport) - Tideline

AGED NATURAL RIND CHEESE

1. Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) – Torrin Tomme
2. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefield) – Windswept
3. Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm (Sidney) – Sugarloaf Mountain

Honorable Mention:
Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) - Haymaker Cheddar
Pineland Farms ( Bangor) - two vintages that more or less tied with each other Josh Pond Farm (Whitibng) Down East Tomme

BLUE CHEESE

1. Spring Day Creamery (Durham) - Fraffie
2. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefield) - Polar Vortex
3. Spring Day Creanery (Durham)  - Deja Blue

Honorable Mention:
Winter Hill Farm (Freeport) - Bradbury Mountain Blue

FLAVORED CHEESE

1. Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) – Cotswold
2. Dreamin Fahm (Wilton) – Smoked Gouda
3. Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) - Smokey Ghost

Honorable Mention:
Yellow Birch Farm (Deer Isle) - Lichen

BEST IN SHOW
York Hill Farm – (Washington) _ Green Peppercorn and Nutmeg Roll
(Penny & John Duncan – Founding members of the Maine Cheese Guild retired after 36 years and their legacy continues with new owners of York Hill to Yuki Goseki & Josh Fratoni
Runner up is Winter Hill (Freeport) - Tideline

Thanks to Our Generous 2021 Maine Cheese Festival and Awards Sponsors

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"University of Maine Cooperative Extension worked with Allison Lakin, owner of East Forty Farm and Dairy, and Lakin’s Gorges Cheese in Waldoboro, to develop the database of Maine farmers’ creative distribution strategies implemented for the public."

~University of Maine Extension Service article

Lakin is a long time member of the Maine Cheese Guild, and many Guild cheesemakers are included on the Extension's new resource for locating locally produced food that is available directly from farms during the Covid-19 epidemic. Farmers' Markets are also considered essential businesses and many Maine cheesemakers rely on them to market their products. Visit Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets for a comprehensive listing of markets and updates.

Maine Farm Product Pick-Up Directory You can also learn more here, in an article on the Penobsoct Bay area news site, www.penbaypilot.com.

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MAINE CHEESE GUILD MISSION STATEMENT

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Guild Quality Statement

Maine Cheese Guild Statement Related to Local Food Ordinances

"The Maine Cheese Guild stands by its Quality Statement, issued in May 2009, with regard to the Local Food Ordinance proposals we have seen, and to the legislative bills introduced for the 2011 session (LD330 and LD366)."...

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