Stewart's won the gold medal for fluid milk at this year's New York State Fair. The local chain's milk was awarded a perfect score> -- 100 -- in the competition that uses criteria including bacteria counts, flavor, and butterfat content.
The competition is coordinated by Cornell and has been going on annually since 1997. In that time, Stewart's has taken the gold three other times -- including another perfect score in 2007. Only four perfect scores have ever been awarded, according to the chain -- and now Stewart's has two of them.
Stewart's gets its milk from 30-40 dairy farms in the greater Capital Region and processes it at a plant in Greenfield. The chain says the time from dairy farm to store shelf is usually less than 48 hours or less.
Old Chatham Sheepherding Co.
Monday was dairy day at the fair and the winners of a whole range of dairy categories were announced, including cheese. Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. in Columbia County took both the gold and silver in the "Cheese from Milk Other Than Cows Milk" category for its camembert and Kindehook Soft Ripened, respectively. And Old Chatham's camembert was named the grand champion of the dairy competition.
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