Chester County Shines at the Centennial Pennsylvania Farm Show
Pennsylvania Farm Show’s landmark 100th year was good for Chester County, as local farmers and producers received high marks and praise from the Show’s judges from a wide array of agricultural disciplines, writes The Coatesville Times.
Commissioners Terence Farrell and Michelle Kichline also visited the Show to encourage and support Chester County representatives in their numerous categories.
“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 Commissioner 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,” added Commissioner Michelle Kichline, “as well as the many thousands of personal interactions they had with visitors from all over the country.”
Chester County cheesemakers made the county proud by winning the cheese competition, with Coatesville’s Farm at Doe Run continuing its tradition of winning the “Best of Show” honors for its “Seven Sisters” cheese entry again this year.
Honeybrook’s September Farms, Birchrun Hills Farm of Chester Springs, and Meadowset Farm and Apiary from Landenberg also managed to snag the top spot in their respective subcategories, making for a truly impressive year for the cheese industry in the county.
To-Jo Mushrooms from Avondale and Country Fresh Mushrooms took second and third spots in the “Best Overall” mushroom division. The top mushroom growing region in the country also saw Landenberg’s Buona Foods, Phillips Mushroom Farm of Kennett Square, and To-Jo Mushrooms take first prizes in their respective categories.
The strong showing for the county was also underscored by the beef cattle, rabbit, poultry and sheep competitions, and there were also several ribbons earned by Chester County residents for their excellent baking, canning, and photography talent.
“It’s so fun to attend the Pennsylvania Farm Show because it serves as a wonderful reminder of producers’ commitment to, and the variety of agriculture in the Commonwealth as well as the county,” commented Chester County Agricultural Development Council Director Hillary Krummrich. “Between the exhibits, demonstrations, sites and tastes, there really is something for everyone.”
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