TOWD cleans up with awards at the UMDIA Butter and Cheese Contest.
The results are in from the Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association Butter and Cheese Contest March, 2013. The Old Windmill Dairy receives the majority of awards at this contest. They earned:
4th, 5th place -Sandia Sunrise Smoked Gouda – tied for 4th, and 2 5th places on the score card.
8th place – Chili N Hot Chevre – tied for 8th for national artisan semi soft cheese
8th place – Jemez Spring – Triple Cream Style Brie – tied 8th for national artisan bloomy rind cheese.
Michael and Ed, the owners and cheese masters of The Old Windmill Dairy, aspirations were to rank in the top 10% of the United States in their artisan cheeses with this first year entering out of state national cheese competitions. They both are pleasantly surprised to learn two of their old favorites scored 4th and 5th and one of their new cheeses created this last Fall, Jemez Spring Triple Cream style brie, ranked 8th in artisan cheeses. Just last week they learned that their Sandia Sunrise Smoked Goat Gouda earned 5th place at the United States Champion Cheese Contest.
Not bad for two men who new nothing about making cheese when they started in 2001. From 2001 to 2007 both men engaged in cheese making by attending seminars, talking with their grandmother, and learning from peer support in the industry. Now the two men are pleased to say their cheeses are some of the finest in the United States.
Today you can learn from them by taking one of their ever popular cheese classes. If you are more of a cheese connoisseur, you can by their award winning cheeses online by going to their shop>cheese area of the website.