Chester County wins big at Pennsylvania Farm Show
By J. Chambless
Tim Hihn (Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms), Katie Poppiti (AgConnect), Commissioner Terence Farrell, Meghan Klotzbagh (Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms) and Jerry Yeatman (Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms) in the “Mush Room” growing exhibit.
Chester County farmers and producers
received high marks from Pennsylvania Farm Show judges last week,
resulting in ribbons in a wide variety of agricultural disciplines in
the show’s 100th year of operation.
Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell and Michelle Kichline attended the show and sought out Chester County representation. “The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an excellent venue for us to celebrate and share Chester County’s top industry with visitors from all over the nation,” said Commissioners’ Chair Terence Farrell.
“I was proud to see the diverse range of farmers, producers and agribusiness professionals representing our region in the Farm Show competitions, as well as the many thousands of personal interactions they had with visitors from all over the country,” added Commissioner Michelle Kichline.
Chester County cheesemakers were victorious in this year’s cheese competition, with “Best of Show” honors again going to The Farm at Doe Run (Coatesville) for its Seven Sisters cheese entry. September Farms (Honeybrook), Birchrun Hills Farm (Chester Springs) and Meadowset Farm and Apiary (Landenberg) also won their respective subcategory competitions, rounding out cheese wins for the county.
As the top mushroom growing region in the nation, it is no surprise that Chester County also ranked well in the mushroom competitions. To-Jo Mushrooms (Avondale) and Country Fresh Mushrooms (Toughkenamon) won second and third places in the “Best Overall” mushroom division, while Buona Foods (Landenberg), To-Jo Mushrooms (Avondale) and Phillips Mushroom Farm (Kennett Square) took first prize in their subcategory divisions.
The beef cattle, rabbit, poultry and sheep competitions yielded additional county standouts in the final show results, and Chester County residents also earned ribbons for their baking, canning, and photography talents.
For a complete list of Farm Show winners: www.farmshow.state.pa.us/results.aspx.