Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery of Germanton was announced as the winner of a silver and three bronze medals at the 2013 N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition, held in Raleigh. Buffalo Creek Farm entered four types of cheese into the competition and all four won medals at this year’s competition, which was the first competition entered by the Germanton goat dairy.
The N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition’s Silver Medal Winner was Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery’s Feta Cheese.
Bronze Medals were awarded for Buffalo Creek’s Unflavored Chevre, Date and Honey Chevre, and Garlic and Chives Chevre.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Robin and Johnny Blakley. Robin said she was proud of the win and “excited” they “did so well for being so new.”
“We were the smallest dairy represented in the competition, and the newest one, so we felt good about it,” Robin said on Tuesday afternoon.
Robin said they took the cheese to Raleigh last Wednesday, then judging took place on Friday, then they found out about the win on Saturday night, in an email, and were delighted they won on their very first time entering a contest for the cheese produced on their farm.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery began by producing raw milk-aged goat cheese, and have only been producing their chevres and feta for about seven months, which made the medals even more exciting for them, Robin said.
The medals will arrive in the mail, along with judges comments.
The judging took place on October 11 and Buffalo Creek Farm’s cheese, along with all cheese entered in the contest, are on display in the Education Building at the N.C. State Fairy in Raleigh, open through October 27. Points in the competition were awarded by judges using the American Cheese Society’s point system.
A unique quality of goat cheese is that it can freeze it easily without changing the taste or texture of the cheese, Robin noted.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is a farmstead goat dairy on the Stokes County/Forsyth County line. They began making their fresh chevre cheese, including feta, in March of this year. All of the fresh chevre and raw milk-aged cheese they make are available for purchase at their own farm store, which is open daily. Varieties of their goat’s milk cheese are available at local farmer’s markets, including King Farmer’s Market and Old Salem Cobblestone Farmer’s Market, as well as at Let it Grow Produce in Winston-Salem.
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is located on 3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road in Germanton. The farm store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Visit the website at buffalocreekfarmandcreamery.com.