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Idyll Farms dominates goat cheese awards at this year’s American Cheese Society contest!

Idyll Farms, a Michigan farmstead pasture based goat creamery, located in Northport, Michigan in Leelanau County, took home 10 medals from the 2019 American Cheese Society Awards Banquet, held in Richmond, Virginia on August 2.

This is the most they have won in any past competition, and it surpassed any other goat cheesemaker in this competition—a significant accomplishment for the relatively small farmstead winning over larger industrial creameries in just their 7th year of production. This brings their medal count to 25 American Cheese Society awards (as well as 5 World Championship Cheese Contest Awards and 4 United States Championship Cheese Contest Awards).

Medals consisted of five 1st place awards (Idyll Puck, Idyll Pastures Fennel Pollen, Idyll Pastures Honey and Lavender, Mont Idyll, Idyll Pastures spreadable), three 2nd place awards (Ricotta, Idyll Pastures spreadable Honey and Lavender, Mont Idyll), and two 3rd place awards (Idyll Gris, Idyll Camembert).

More info can be obtained from: info@idyllfarms.com

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Idyll Farms wins 4 “Cheese Oscars” American Cheese Society Awards!

We are proud to announce we won 4 awards at the 2018 American Cheese Society Competition held in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago! This brings our ACS award count to 15 in addition to our 5 World Championship Cheese Contest Awards- our Michigan produced cheese is definitely a contender in the International Cheese Scene! Here are the details-

2nd place- Idyll Gris 1 lb
(BG) open category soft-ripened cheeses made from goat’s milk

2nd place- Ricotta
(AG) Cottage cheese, cream cheese, fromage blanc, fromage frais, mascarpone, quark, and ricotta made from goat’s milk

3rd place- Idyll Gris 3 lb
(NS) Fresh Goat’s milk cheese aged 0-30 days (hand-shaped, formed or molded into pyramid, disc, drum, crottin, basket or other shape

3rd place- Idyll Pastures Garlic and Herbs
(KN) Fresh goat cheese with flavor added- 100% goat’s milk (Note: this category had the most entries out of the entire competition)

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Whew! We’ve been busy!

We just completed our kidding season of “G” names (we assign a different letter of the alphabet each year). Starting with “A” names, this would bring us to our 7th official kidding season! We had a total of 320 kids born at Idyll Farms this year! We selected 10 bucklings, 60 doelings to keep and prepared a group of 30 wethers to donate to a grazing conservation project associated with the Leelanau Conservancy. http://leelanauconservancy.org/blog/2018/04/25/war-garlic-mustard-goats-volunteers-dumpsters/ (more on this to come!) The rest of the kids were sold to a farm raising goats for 4-H children.

In March, we won two 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest awards. Our Idyll Pastures Fennel Pollen won a “Best in Class” in the “Flavored Soft Goat Cheeses” category, and our Idyll Pastures plain won a 3rd place in the “Soft Goat Milk Cheeses” category. This brings our award count up to 5 World Championship Cheese Contest awards and 11 American Cheese Society awards just going into our 6th season making cheese!

Hope you can join us this summer at one of our tours! In the meantime, follow us on Instagram, @idyllfarmschevre, our Idyll Farms Facebook page or Twitter.

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2017 Holiday Greetings

As the days get shorter and cooler it comes to the time of year when Idyll goats start to “dry off” their milk production in preparation for their kidding (birthing) season in the spring. We allow them this period of rest for their health and the health of their babies. What this means to our cheese production is that our fresh cheeses periodically will not be available roughly between end of December throughout March. We will have a limited supply of our raw milk, washed rind Temptation during this time.

As far as holiday baskets are concerned, this year we are doing a la carte baskets for those that are interested. Check out the cheese section, let us know what cheese and amount you are interested, as well as any other merchandise, and we will get back to you with a price list and availability.

From our Great Lakes Pastures, wishing you green pastures this coming holiday and year!

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