Top cheeses in competition

Chapel Hill Creamery took top honors in the North Carolina State Fair International Cheese Competition sponsored by the Whole Foods Market.

The dairy’s Carolina Moon, a Camembert-style cheese, won Best of North Carolina and Best of Show in the Open Class Soft Ripened cheese with a score of 98.

Boat Shed Cheese of Victoria, Australia, won the Best International Cheese for its Chelsea Blue, a Stilton-style blue cheese, in the Open Class Hard Cheese with a score of 97. Eight cheese makers submitted 36 cheeses for the competition.

A team of six judges rated the cheeses on technical and aesthetic merits using the American Cheese Society’s point system: gold medal, 93-100 points; silver, 86-92; and bronze, 80-85.

Swiss Style
Gold medal: Chapel Hill Creamery

Mozzarella
Gold medal: Chapel Hill Creamery

Feta
Silver medals: Chapel Hill Creamery; Kilby Family Farm, Asheboro; Buffalo Creek Farms, Germanton
Bronze medal: Paradox Farm Creamery, West End

Flavored Hard Cheese
Silver medal: Boat Shed Cheese, Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia

Flavored Soft Cheese
Gold medal: Goat Lady Dairy, Climax
Silver medal: Chapel Hill Creamery

Smear Ripened Cheese
Silver medals: Chapel Hill Creamery; Looking Glass Creamery

Open Class, Soft Ripened
Gold medals: Chapel Hill Creamery; Looking Glass Creamery
Silver medals: Goat Lady Dairy with two; Looking Glass Creamery

Open Class, Soft and Spreadable
Silver Medal: Chapel Hill Creamery

Open Class, Semi-Soft Cheese
Silver medals: Goat Lady Dairy with two

Open Class, Hard Cheese
Gold medals: Boat Shed Cheese; Chapel Hill Creamery
Bronze medal: Looking Glass Creamery

Goat’s Milk Fresh Chevre Cheese (Flavored)
Gold medals: Goat Lady Dairy with two
Silver medal: Boat Shed Cheese
Bronze medals: Buffalo Creek Farms with two; Paradox Farm Creamery

Goat’s Milk Fresh Chevre Cheese (Unflavored)
Gold medal: Goat Lady Dairy
Silver medal: Holly Grove Farms, Mount Olive; Paradox Farm Creamery
Bronze medal: Buffalo Creek Farms, Germanton

Goat’s Milk Aged Cheese
Bronze medal: Boat Shed Cheese

Sheep and Mixed Milk Cheese
Silver medal: Boat Shed Cheese
Small NC retailers seeking shoppers on Saturday

By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press
November 28, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. - A Forsyth County goat dairy is offering giveaways and samples to visitors willing to break away from the Christmas shopping rush to malls. A Winston-Salem publisher has promised to fetch any book that's in stock from its warehouse for customers who drop in Saturday. A Charlotte lawn sign company is offering a 25 percent discount on reservations made that day.

The businesses are among those in North Carolina and across the country taking part in Small Business Saturday, an effort wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get gift-givers to patronize local shops.

We're "basically trying to get people to understand that there's more places to shop other than Wal-Mart, and we've got such a variety of items that they'd never see in a big retailer," said Johnny Blakley, who is hoping to lure shoppers to his Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in the tiny town of Germanton. It's a goat dairy that makes and sells cheeses on the property on the Forsyth-Stokes county line.

The shop Blakley and his wife operate on the farm stocks herbs, soaps, jams and jellies, honey and other products from about a dozen small businesses across the state. Several of those producers will be at the farm Saturday, including the honey-making beekeeper with a hive of live bees.

Shopping locally increases the odds of giving a gift that won't be duplicated, Blakley said, and the money shoppers spend in small stores will circulate through the local economy.

"You spend your money with Wal-Mart, it's going to go out to Arkansas and then no telling where it's going to go," he said.

American Express helped launch Small Business Saturday in 2010 to encourage people to buy from independent retailers and other small businesses during the big shopping weekend. Thanksgiving weekend is important because it kicks off the Christmas shopping season, and it's even more crucial this year because of the shorter lead-up to the holiday, said the National Federation of Independent Business, which is also behind the seasonal shopping push to think small.

"If you want to make a difference this holiday season, shop local and shop small," said Gregg Thompson, NFIB's North Carolina state director.

About 140 million Americans are expected to hit stores this weekend ahead of Cyber Monday, when Internet retailers have special offers to lure spending online, the National Retail Federation said. The visitors will peak the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday - when major chain stores promote big deals to attract shoppers - with about 97 million customers, compared with 61 million on Saturday and 34 million on Sunday, the retail group said.

The average American plans to spend an average of $738, down 2 percent from last holiday season, but 57 percent of that will be spent over Thanksgiving weekend, the group estimates. Although the average may be down this year, the federation forecasts that overall holiday sales will be $602 billion, 4 percent more than last year.

An Elon University poll this month found more than eight out of 10 North Carolina residents said they were planning on doing some holiday shopping. One-third plan to shop on Cyber Monday, while 26 percent expect to shop on Black Friday. About 11 percent said they plan to shop on both days.

John F. Blair, a book publishing company in Winston-Salem, is experimenting Saturday by selling its book catalog at a 30 percent discount to people who pop into its offices. It doesn't have a retail store, but nearly anything is available with a worker willing to quickly hop back to the book warehouse in back, spokeswoman Trisina Dickerson said.

The office sale benefits the business because even with the discount, Blair collects more than by selling wholesale its inventory of books on Andy Griffith, craft beer, state parks and crime fiction, she said.

"It's something new that we're trying," Dickerson said.

Emery Dalesio can be reached at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio.
Our farm was featured in the October 17, 2013 edition of The Stokes News and the October 18, 2013 Weekly Independent
Our farm was mentioned in the October 19, 2013 edition of NCDA&CS's In the Field: News Roundup
Germanton goat dairy wins medals in international cheese competition
by Jessica Johnson Interim editor

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery of Germanton was announced as the winner of a silver and three bronze medals at the 2013 N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition, held in Raleigh. Buffalo Creek Farm entered four types of cheese into the competition and all four won medals at this year’s competition, which was the first competition entered by the Germanton goat dairy.

The N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition’s Silver Medal Winner was Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery’s Feta Cheese.

Bronze Medals were awarded for Buffalo Creek’s Unflavored Chevre, Date and Honey Chevre, and Garlic and Chives Chevre.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Robin and Johnny Blakley. Robin said she was proud of the win and “excited” they “did so well for being so new.”

“We were the smallest dairy represented in the competition, and the newest one, so we felt good about it,” Robin said on Tuesday afternoon.

Robin said they took the cheese to Raleigh last Wednesday, then judging took place on Friday, then they found out about the win on Saturday night, in an email, and were delighted they won on their very first time entering a contest for the cheese produced on their farm.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery began by producing raw milk-aged goat cheese, and have only been producing their chevres and feta for about seven months, which made the medals even more exciting for them, Robin said.

The medals will arrive in the mail, along with judges comments.

The judging took place on October 11 and Buffalo Creek Farm’s cheese, along with all cheese entered in the contest, are on display in the Education Building at the N.C. State Fairy in Raleigh, open through October 27. Points in the competition were awarded by judges using the American Cheese Society’s point system.

A unique quality of goat cheese is that it can freeze it easily without changing the taste or texture of the cheese, Robin noted.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is a farmstead goat dairy on the Stokes County/Forsyth County line. They began making their fresh chevre cheese, including feta, in March of this year. All of the fresh chevre and raw milk-aged cheese they make are available for purchase at their own farm store, which is open daily. Varieties of their goat’s milk cheese are available at local farmer’s markets, including King Farmer’s Market and Old Salem Cobblestone Farmer’s Market, as well as at Let it Grow Produce in Winston-Salem.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is located on 3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road in Germanton. The farm store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Visit the website at buffalocreekfarmandcreamery.com.

Our farm was mentioned in the October 22, 2013 edition of The Winston-Salem Journal
Two area dairies get medals for cheeses
by Michael Hastings

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton and Goat Lady Dairy in Climax won several medals at the 2013 N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition last week.

Buffalo Creek won a silver medal for its feta cheese, and bronze medals for its unflavored chevre, date and honey chevre, and garlic and chives chevre.

Goat Lady Dairy won gold medals for its Smokey Mountain round, fig & honey spreadable goat cheese, roasted red pepper spreadable goat cheese and plain spreadable goat cheese, and silver medals for its chevre camembert, Sandy Creek, Lindale, Julian and Grays Chapel cheeses.

Cheeses in the competition are on display in the Education Building of the State Fair in Raleigh until Sunday.

Our farm was featured in the November 20, 2013 edition of The Stokes News and the November 22, 2013 Weekly Independent
Buffalo Creek Farm celebrates Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30

Local businesses are coming together for a Small Business Saturday event at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery’s Farm Store in Germanton on Nov. 30.

In addition to Buffalo Creek’s goat’s milk cheeses, customers will be able to sample products from Mother Holtz Farm, Mystic Wench Herbs, and Tyson Farm.

Long Family Farm will be bringing their goat’s milk soaps and lotions, along with Dinner Time Chimes, who make many of the goat and animal crafts available in Buffalo Creek’s Farm Store.

Look for all of these vendors outside of the farm store, with their products and demonstrations. There will also be giveaways and special deals from each of the local businesses.

The holidays are just around the corner, so support local businesses by celebrating Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 at Buffalo Creek Farm.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery of Germanton was recently announced as the winner of a silver and three bronze medals at the 2013 N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition, held in Raleigh. Buffalo Creek Farm entered four types of cheese into the competition and all four won medals at this year’s competition, which was the first competition entered by the Germanton goat dairy.

The N.C. State Fair’s International Cheese Competition’s Silver Medal Winner was Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery’s Feta Cheese.

Bronze Medals were awarded for Buffalo Creek’s Unflavored Chevre, Date and Honey Chevre, and Garlic and Chives Chevre.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Johnny and Robin Blakley.

A unique quality of goat cheese is that it can freeze it easily without changing the taste or texture of the cheese, Robin noted.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is a farmstead goat dairy on the Stokes County/Forsyth County line. They began making their fresh chevre cheese, including feta, in March of this year. All of the fresh chevre and raw milk-aged cheese they make are available for purchase at their own farm store, which is open daily.

Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery is located on 3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road in Germanton.

Our farm was mentioned in a November 28, 2013 article by Associated Press Reporter, Emery P. Dalesio
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, dairy goats rest in a pasture at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy in Germanton, N.C. The dairy taking part in Small Business Saturday, an effort wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get gift-givers to patronize local businesses. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, Robin Blakley tends to one of her dairy goats at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy in Germanton, N.C. The goat dairy is hoping people will break away from the Christmas shopping rush to malls by taking part in Small Business Saturday, an effort wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get gift-givers to patronize local businesses. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 a dairy goat is seen in a pasture at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy in Germanton, N.C. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 Johnny Blakley opens a cooler containing various dairy items in the farm store at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy in Germanton, N.C. The dairy is taking part in Small Business Saturday, an effort wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get gift-givers to patronize local businesses. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, patrons browse the farm store at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy in Germanton, N.C. The dairy is taking part in Small Business Saturday, an effort wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get gift-givers to patronize local businesses. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, packs of goat cheese produced at at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy are displayed for sale in Germanton, N.C. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 Johnny Blakley holds some goat cheese produced at Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC Farmstead Goat Dairy in Germanton, N.C. The dairy is taking part in Small Business Saturday, an effort wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get gift-givers to patronize local businesses. GERRY BROOME - AP Photo
Our Tennessee Redback rabbits were used in the 2013 Disney movie, The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp (Tonto) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) by Jerry Bruckheimer.  Native American warrior, Tonto, recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.
'Rabbits Out of Balance' a scene from The Lone Ranger


Our farm was mentioned in the November/December 2013 edition of the Agriculture Review
Our farm was mentioned in the November 30, 2013 article by NPR reporter Sonari Glinton

Owner Johnny Blakley of Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery in Germanton, N.C. is offering giveaways and samples to lure customers on Small Business Saturday.
A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd
By Sonari Glinton
November, 30, 2013

After Black Friday has come and gone, a new shopping day arrives: Small Business Saturday.

Small-business owners hope that after you've spent time at the big-box stores and the mall, you'll spend money with the mom-and-pops in your neighborhood.

The idea for the day came out of a committee at American Express in 2010, after the depths of the recession. AmEx President Ed Gilligan loved the idea of creating a new holiday.

"We did make it up, but we didn't make up the reason why it exists," Gilligan says. "I heard this idea of Small Business Saturday and about American Express working to help create movement. It was like a light shining down on me that said, 'This was the best idea I've heard in a long time.' "

Gilligan won't say how much AmEx spends to help small business promote the day. American Express, whose fees are fairly expensive for small businesses, uses the day in part to mend bridges with mom-and-pops who've often shunned the card.

American Express does benefit from Small Business Saturday, Gilligan says, but small stores benefit even more. What's more, the holiday has grown well beyond AmEx's leadership.

Last year customers spent $4.5 billion on the Saturday after Thanksgiving although they likely spent about 10 times that on Black Friday. The Department of Commerce promotes the day on its calendar, and chambers of commerce and small-business bureaus around the country have adopted the day.

For the past two years, President Obama has celebrated Small Business Saturday by taking his daughters to D.C.-area bookstores.

"It's like watching a snowball go downhill," Gilligan says. "It is gaining momentum. It is bigger than American Express."

Business owners like Kathryn Lundeen, who runs Lundeen's gift store in downtown Culver City, Calif., say they are grateful for Small Business Saturday.

"I don't care that it's a made-up day," Lundeen says. "I love it. I think it's great for us. I think it has really helped us."

Lundeen says that over the past few years she's seen the day's sales totals get bigger and bigger. She says it reminds customers about her store and helps build momentum for her most important time of year.

"Now is the time when I'm most broke, and in two weeks I will have the most money," she says. "Three weeks in December make my whole entire year."

Marshal Cohen, chief retail analyst with the NPD Group, says Small Business Saturday offers an introduction for many small businesses, but it's up to the owners whether the day is make or break.

"Small Business Saturday is a good chance, a good opportunity, for the small main-street retailer to ... put a really good impression in front of the consumer," Cohen says. "If they don't, it'll just fizzle away."
Our farm was mentioned in the 2013 Twin City Cooks Recipes
Buffalo Creek Farm and Creamery, LLC
Farmstead Goat Dairy
3255 Buffalo Creek Farm Road
Germanton, NC 27019
336.969.5698
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