Chester County farmers and producers received high marks from Pennsylvania Farm Show judges, resulting in an impressive array of ribbons in a wide variety of agricultural disciplines in the show’s 102nd year of operation.
The perennial favorite cheesemaker, The Farm at Doe Run (Coatesville), took home Best of Show for the fourth year in a row. September Farms (Honey Brook), Birchrun Hills Farm (Chester Springs), and Yellow Springs Farm (Chester Springs) also brought home awards for their cheeses, a testament to the county’s value-added dairy excellence.
As the top mushroom region in the nation, it’s no surprise that Chester County garnered multiple ribbons in the mushroom competition. Country Fresh Mushrooms (Toughkenamon) won “Best Overall Display,” while To-Jo Mushrooms (Avondale), Phillips Mushroom Farm (Kennett Square) and Needham’s Mushroom Farm (West Grove) earned ribbons as well.
The Farm Show is not just for adults, as younger competitors like Kaitlin Bell (Notthingham) and Emilie Howe (Downingtown) took home ribbons for their cattle.
And not every competition at the Farm Show is for farmers. Local bakers made their mark in the “Family Living” categories, particularly Kathy Francis (West Chester) who dazzled judges with her fruit cookies and rolled cookies.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, hosts nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibits every year in Harrisburg.