Recognizing excellent food made by companies with a strong social commitment, The Good Food Awards seal will soon adorn three of Vermont Creamerys aged cheeses: Bonne Bouche, Coupole and Cremont. The Good Food Awards, announced in San Francisco, CA, represent food that is tasty, authentic and responsibly produced and producers that are enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities. Vermont Creamery was among only 17 American cheesemakers to win an award.
The Good Food Award wins are particularly meaningful to us, said Allison Hooper, Vermont Creamery co-founder and co-owner. They get to the very DNA of what we are all aboutmaking great cheese in a sustainable and socially responsible manner.
In 2013, Vermont Creamery opened Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, the countrys first model goat dairy in Randolph, Vt. Designed to demonstrate sustainability and best practices in the growing field of goat dairy farming, Ayers Brook helped to earn Vermont Creamery B Corp certification in 2013, and influenced the Good Food Awards wins. In addition to providing locally sourced milk to the Creamerys cheesemaking operation, Ayers Brook preserves open farmland, employs sustainable farming practices, is home to the largest roof-mounted solar array in Vermont, and is working toward non-GMO certification.
Ayers Brook offers a new model for agriculture, said Bob Reese, co-founder and co-owner of Vermont Creamery, one in which sustainability, profitability, and excellence are closely aligned. We believe that sourcing milk locally, from a farm where the land and animals are treated well, is a defining factor that sets our cheese apart.
The three winners, Bonne Bouche, Coupole and Cremont are all part of the Creamerys signature geotrichum-rinded aged cheese line. Reminiscent of the Loire Valley cheeses of France, these wrinkled-rind goat cheeses have earned some of the most prestigious honors in the cheese world.
The only cheesemaker in the U.S. to receive three Good Food Awards this year, Vermont Creamery is joined at the awards table by fellow Vermont companies Eden Ice Cider, Shacksbury, Von Trapp Farmstead, Big Picture Farm, Blake Hill Preserves, and Green Jam Man.
About Good Food Awards
In its fifth year, Good Food Awards are given to winners in 11 categories: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserve, spirits, oil, and honey. The Good Food Awards Seal, found on winning products, assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. For more information, visit www.goodfoodawards.org.
About Vermont Creamery
Combining the European tradition of cheesemaking with Vermonts terroir, Vermont Creamerys line of fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and crème fraîche have won over 100 national and international awards. In their 30th year of business, Vermont Creamery supports a network of more than 15 family farms, promoting sustainable agriculture in the region. B Corp Certified in 2014, Vermont Creamery is the founder of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, the countrys first demonstration goat dairy. For more information, visit www.vermontcreamery.com.