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September 10, 2009

Vermont Producers Compete for “Best of Vermont

Essex Junction, Vt – The Ware Building at the Champlain Valley Fair was bustling from morning to night with special events, cooking demonstrations and kids activities. This year something there was something new - the Best of Vermont competition.

The Agency of Agriculture identified categories of foods made in Vermont, and each day of the fair was dedicated to a specific category. Fairgoers visiting the Ware Building sampled the items and voted on their favorites.

“This was a great success. Not only did thousands of fairgoers get to sample tasty food, the producers were able to highlight their products to potential new customers,” said Koi Boynton, Agricultural Marketing Coordinator with the agency. “We will certainly try this again next year.”

The Ware Building each year is programmed and staffed by agency of agriculture employees. The events and demonstrations focus on Vermont products and agriculture.

Results of the Best of Vermont Competition (be sure to try some today!):

Strawberry Jam

First Place: Side Hill Farm

Second Place: Summer in Vermont Jam

Third Place: Elmore Roots


First Place: Does’ Leap

Second Place: Fat Toad Farm

Third Place: Blue Ledge Farm


First Place: Nutty Steph’s

Second Place: Red Door Bakery

Third Place: Woodstock Cookie Co.

Maple Mustard

First Place: Northeast Kingdom’s Spicy Maple Mustard

Second Place: Northeast Kingdom’s Maple Mustard Dipping Sauce

Third Place: Butternut Mountain Maple Horseradish Mustard

Exotic Jam

First Place: Summer in Vermont Jam’s Blackberry Currant

Second Place: Side Hill Farm’s Habanero Mango

Third Place: Elmore Roots’ Red Currant Kiwi

One Year Cheddar

First Place: Grafton Village Cheese

Second Place: Cabot Creamery Cooperative

Third Place: Shelburne Farms


First Place: Mariah’s Specialty Vermont Maple

Second Place: Gringo Jack’s Harvest

Third Place: Granny Blossom’s Hot Apple

Source: Agency of Agriculture
Last Updated at: September 10, 2009 15:52:40