Bellwether Farms started this spring with two significant victories—taking home a pair of “Best in Class” awards at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
From over 2,300 cheese from 33 states in competition, the Sonoma County, California-based cheesemaker was recognized for its Whole Milk Basket Ricotta and Blackstone; the two cheeses took home Best in Class in the Ricotta and Mixed-milk categories, respectively.
“These competitions guide us in making the highest quality product we can, on par with the best in the artisan cheese business,” says Liam Callahan, Co-Founder and Cheesemaker. “The wins also translate into sales growth as retailers confidently recommend our products to their customers.”
These two wins—the first of 2017—continue a significant winning streak for the popular cheese offerings. Whole Milk Basket Ricotta earned four awards in 2016—including one from the internationally-acclaimed World Cheese Championship, and Blackstone took first place at the American Cheese Society competition and Gold honors at CalExpo.
Bellwether’s ricotta is produced from rich, whole, locally-sourced milk. The milk is cultured and slowly heated to develop flavor and texture, and the finished produce is sold in its original draining basket. Blackstone is a blend of Jersey cow and sheep milk, with a sprinkling of peppercorns. The cheese is aged and hand-rubbed with ash and pepper to produce a distinct black rind.
Both cheeses available across the U.S. For a complete list of Bellwether Farms’ accolades, click here.