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News & Updates

National Dairy Month Contest: The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications.
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Ohio State Fair Contest: The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications.
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Pearl Valley Cheese gains recognition as one of the best in the nation at the US Cheese Championships...
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Guggisberg Cheese Takes Top Spot At 2013 World Cheese Championship.... Baby Swiss and Guggisberg in the News >>

Guggisberg Cheese Takes The Top Four Spots of U.S. Championship Cheese Contest.... Guggisberg in the News >>

Guggisberg Cheese To Take Over at Deutsch Kase Haus... Guggisberg in the News >>

Guggisberg Cheese Takes First Place at World Dairy Expo...
Guggisberg in the News >>

Swiss Cheese brochure... Read more>>

Swiss Cheese Soup recipe

Cashew and Swiss cheese Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

1 cups Olive Oil
¾ cup White Sugar
⅓ cup Vinegar
⅓ cup Grated Onion
1 teaspoon Poppy Seeds
½ teaspoon Mustard
1 pinch salt
Salad
1 Head Green Leaf Lettuce, chopped
2 cups Swiss Cheese, grated or shredded
1 cup Cashews, chopped
DIRECTIONS:

Dressing
Whisk oil, sugar, vinegar, onion, poppy seeds, mustard, and salt together in a bowl until dressing is smooth. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours. Salad
Put lettuce in a bowl and drizzle dressing over lettuce; toss to coat. Add Swiss cheese and cashew and toss to coat.

Ohio Dairy Adventure

Ohio Dairy Adventure to taste amish made cheese The American Dairy Association Mideast sent nine food bloggers on a weekend trip to Ohio, to get a firsthand experience for what life on the farm is like, they were able to visit the Andreas farm, the Indoe Farm and the Pearl Valley Cheese factory. Afterwards they stopped to refuel with a homemade lunch prepared by an Amish family.

Follow the links below to read more about their weekend adventure.

• Liz- lovegrowswild.com
• Lauren- climbinggriermountain.com
• Ashley- spoonfulofflavor.com
• Megan- countrycleaver.com
• Taylor- foodfaithfitness.com
• Heather- heathersdish.com
• Emily- jellytoastblog.com

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Ohio Egg Adventure in Amish Country

Ohio Egg Adventure

Over the past few years, we’ve been making more of an effort to learn where our food comes from and find ways we can support local farmers with our hard earned grocery money. It’s so easy to take the common egg for granted and forget the people, chickens, and process that brings them to our table. That’s why I was thrilled to get an in-depth look at all that goes into egg production through a three day blogging egg-stravaganza (how could I resist??) organized by the Ohio Poultry Association. If you’ve ever been curious about how an egg farm works, where our eggs come from, or how to make the perfect omelet, the rest of this post is for you. Ohio is the second largest egg producer in the country and is home to 30 million laying chickens. The Ohio Poultry Association includes over 600 egg farmers, each of whom are committed to sharing best practices and educating the public about egg production. During our trip, we got to spend time with two of these farmers and even take a tour through one of their farms, Weaver Brothers Farm, in Versailles, OH.

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2014 Ohio Swiss Festival Contest

This is the third and final contest held during the year of 2014 to determine the 2014 Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Cheesemakers. The winners of this final contest are as follows:

Swiss Classification:

First Place - Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, OH
Second Place - Guggisberg Cheese, Millersburg, OH
Third Place - Broad Run Dairy, Dover, OH
Other Swiss cheese was entered by E. S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH.

Open Classification:

First Place - E. S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH (Muenster)
Second Place - Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH (Gouda)
Third Place - Guggisberg Cheese, Millersburg, OH (Butter)

Multiple varieties of cheeses were entered in this Open Classification. These include Colby, Lacey baby, pepper jack, marble, baby Swiss, smoked Swiss, jalapeño yogurt, jalapeño muenster, chipotle pepper jack and fresh cheese curds.

After these three contests for 2014 Guggisberg Cheese Co. was awarded Grand Champion Cheesemaker with the Reserve Champion award going to Pearl Valley Cheese Co. in the Swiss cheese classification. In the Open Classification, the Grand Champion Cheesemaker award was presented to Bunker Hill Cheese for their Gouda cheese. Judges for this contest were Tom Mueller, former Cheesemaker; Mark Coblentz, LaVern Coblentz and Dave Yaggi, cheese buyers. All cheese was judged Grade A.

 

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Broad Run Cheese House cheesemaker John Fankhauser works with a vat Tuesday during the cheesemaking process

It's How You Say Cheese

“It’s not a good thing for Ohio or the nation”, said Chad Schindler, president of Broad Run Cheese House, located between Dover and Sugarcreek.

His family has been in the cheese business for more than 50 years.

According to The Associated Press, the European Union argues that American-made cheeses pale compared to the originals and cut into sales and identity of authentic European varieties.

The law it seeks to enforce is aimed at protecting the reputation of regional foods and helping farmers maintain value.

It would apply to a variety of common cheese names, including Asiago and Cheddar,

Camembert, Edam, Feta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Provolone, Ricotta, Roquefort and Stilton, as well as to certain meat products, wines including Champagne, spirits and “aromatized drinks,” such as Sangria.

“The specialty cheese business is very important to the largest commercial plants and to the smallest farmstead Cheesemakers, as well as the milk producers who provide them with milk,” Schindler said.

He added, “There are too many factors that go into making certain cheeses than just where they’re made for this initiative to make sense. The only difference is cows eating European feed as opposed to American feed.”

The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association said in a statement, “The common names Swiss, Parmesan and Gouda are identifying terms on how the cheese is produced, not the location of its production. It’s an inappropriately far-reaching attempt to confuse the consumer concerning products produced in the U.S. If the cheeses were named Switzerland, Greek or Parma, there would be a viable argument. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has monitored and granted these types of cheese manufacturing procedures/processes the standard of identity respective to the use of these names, by federal law, since the late 1960s and early 1970s.”

If these rules are implemented, it would decrease the supply of the affected cheeses and increase the price for consumers, Schindler said.
Read more at The Times Reporter >>

 

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CHEESE RESTRICTIONS WOULD HAVE LOCAL IMPACT

BERLIN, Ohio --A new trade law being negotiated through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership poses a threat to domestic cheese industries, including local dairy producers like Bunker Hill Cheese Co. If passed, dairy producers in the United States would no longer be able to use many common names for their cheeses. Read more at The Daily Record >>

 

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Pearl Valley Wins Gold Medal at 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest

Pearl Vally Cheese wins Gold Metal at 2014 World Championship Cheese ContestFRESNO, OHIO – Pearl Valley Cheese, a four generation, family owned business, has been making award winning Swiss Cheese for over 85 years and the honors are still rolling in.  A panel of international cheese experts judging the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest recently awarded Pear l Valley a Gold Medal in the Rind-less Swiss Cheese Class. 

“For Cheesemakers, this is like winning the Super Bowl,” said Company President Chuck Ellis.  “We attribute our success to God blessing us with employees who are constantly striving to improve our quality, local dairy farmers who continually provide an excellent milk supply, and our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years.  To come out at the top among our peers in the cheese industry at such a competitive contest is a major accomplishment in the history of our company.” 

Read more about Pearl Valley's Medals >>

 

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