Salisbury’s Fading D Farm a winner at State Fair

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Deirdre Parker Smith

Salisbury’s Fading D Farm brought home several cheese prizes from the N.C. State Fair.

Their water buffalo mozzarella won third in the mozzarella category.

And they won first place in smear ripened cheese for the Bel Bufala and Sapore, two flavorful cheeses, also made from water buffalo milk.

The Sapore, an Italian-style cheese, also won first place in semi-soft cheese and their Roco won second in hard cheese.

They competed with cheesemakers from all over the state.

Goat Lady Dairy of Climax took top honors in the N.C. State Fair Cheese Competition, sponosred by Whole Foods Market. Their Lindale Raw Milk Gouda won best of North Carolina and Best of Show in addition to winning the Open Class Hard Cheese category.

Goat Lady Dairy also won first place with its Sandy Creek, Smokey Mountain Round and Roasted Red Pepper Fresh Chevre. Eight cheesemakers competed, submitted 47 cheeses, and the list is mouth-watering.

Five judges rated the cheeses in technical and aesthetic merits using the American Cheese Society’s point system: to win first, a cheese must rack up 93-100 points; for second 86-92; and for third, 80-85.

The cheesemakers competing were Looking Glass Creamery in Fairview, English Farmstead Cheese in Marion (close to Linville Falls Winery), Boxcarr Handmade Cheese in Cedar Grove, Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton, Celebrity Dairy in Siler City, Kilby Family Farm in Asheboro.

All the cheeses are on display in the Education Building through Sunday. Many of the cheeses will be available for tasting and for sale at the Got to Be NC Dairy Products tent between the Waterfall and the Jim Graham Building.

Fading D sells at the Salisbury-Rowan Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon and at the farm’s store on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 3-6 p.m. They also sell at the Davidson, Cotswold and Greensboro farmer’s markets and at venues in the Carrboro and Durham area.

Speaking of cheese, if you’re interested in a little road trip, check out Much Ado About Cheese on Nov. 6 from 1-4 p.m. at The Rickhouse in Durham.

Salisbury’s Fading D Farm will be there, along with other winners from the State Fair such as Goat Lady Dairy and Boxcarr Handmade Cheese, plus many more.