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Coatesville cheese farm earns recognition at Pennsylvania's 99th annual Farm Show

01/13/2015 12:52PM ● By Richard Gaw

At the Pennsylvania 99th annual Farm Show's held this past weekend in Harrisburg, The Farm at Doe Run, a Coatesville dairy farm run by Samuel Kennedy and Matthew Hettlinger, earned high honors at the show's first-ever annual cheese competition.

The farm's cheese entry, "Seven Sisters," exhibited by Stacey Gentile, earned the farm a "Best of Show" top prize, while "Cloud Nine," an exhibit by Al Renzi of the Yellow Springs Farm in Chester Springs, earned the category's second prize. "Seven Sisters" also earned the farm first prize in the show's "Semi-Soft and Semi-Hard Cheese" category. The Farm at Doe Run also earned a second prize in the "Soft Ripened Cheeses" category for its "Hummingbird" cheese, as well as a second place award for its "Bathed in Victory" cheese in the show's "Washed-Rind, Smear-Ripened Cheese" competition.

Several other Chester County-based farms earned recognition at the show for their cheeses, including the Shellbark Hollow Farm in West Chester; September Farm Cheese in Honey Brook; and Team Reid, LLC in Elverson.

The farm show, held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center through Jan. 17, is the largest indoor agricultural event in America, housing 24 acres under one roof, spread throughout 11 buildings and three indoor arenas. Nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits are featured during the show.

To contact Staff Writer Richard L. Gaw, e-mail [email protected].