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WASCA Members Receive Good Food Awards 200 197 admin
WASCA Members Receive Good Food Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 Good Food Award winners! The Good Food Foundation announced this year’s winners on January 14. Two WASCA members are among the North Region finalists who won 2022 Good Food Awards. WASCA Licensed Cheesemaker Member Daniel’s Artisan (Ferndale) received an award for their cheese, Daniel’s Artisan Reserve. WASCA Business Member Girl Meets…

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Another Successful Member Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2022 Annual Member Meeting! Attended by 37 members and Washington cheese supporters, the meeting was held online from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2022. This was the second year in a row that the meeting was held over Zoom, due in large part to…

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Annual Member Meeting is Friday, January 21

Mark your calendars! WASCA’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held online again this year–on Friday, January 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Nathan Stacey, Farm Director of the Tilth Alliance. We will also have a special talk by WASCA board member Jessica Gigot…

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Cheese Reporter, Culture Magazine, Call out WASCA Grant 532 549 admin
Cheese Reporter, Culture Magazine, Call out WASCA Grant

WASCA’s 2021 USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant award has made it into the news twice. Cheese Reporter announced the award in the November 26 issue of the long-running industry newspaper. In an article titled, “Cheese, Dairy Projects Receive Grants Under USDA Farmers Market, Local Food Programs,” WASCA was called out along with the other…

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Local Creameries Featured in Food & Wine Magazine

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and Cascadia Creamery were featured in an article in Food & Wine Magazine. The article, titled, “The Best Cheese in America: These Are the Top 50 U.S. Cheesemakers” was written by David Landsel and posted to the magazine’s website on December 14. It lauds the advances of the American artisanal cheesemaking scene…

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WASCA Awarded 2021 USDA FMPP Grant 738 320 admin
WASCA Awarded 2021 USDA FMPP Grant

The Washington State Cheesemakers Association is proud to announce that it has been selected as a 2021 recipient of the USDA Agriculture Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program grant. Washington may not be “America’s Dairyland,” but it is a cheese state. There are 53 licensed cheesemakers in Washington. This number includes farmstead cheesemakers who are…

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Autumn 2021 Newsletter 600 600 admin
Autumn 2021 Newsletter

Greetings, WASCA Members and Friends!  Newsletter Contents Message From the Executive Director WASCA Business Wanted: Board Members Stickers are Coming! A Shiny, New Site Giving Tuesday is Nov. 30 Save the Date for Jan. 21 Thank You to Hygiena Committee Updates Announcements Members in the News LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear WASCA Members,Autumn is…

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WASCA Members are Finalists in 2022 Good Food Awards 599 349 admin
WASCA Members are Finalists in 2022 Good Food Awards

Cascadia Creamery (Trout Lake) and Girl Meets Dirt (Eastsound) are finalists in the 2022 Good Food Awards. Cascadia Creamery is a finalist for their cheese Glacier Blue, a natural-rind, raw-milk, organic blue cheese. Girl Meets Dirt is a finalist in the category of elixirs for their Barrel Aged Peach Tree Bitters, Island Pear with Bay…

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Lost Peacock Creamery is a Grade A Goat Dairy in Olympia, Washington. We specialize in fresh and aged goat cheese. Also, goat yoga! At Lost Peacock Creamery the goats have wings, the pigs have polka dots, and the trees hug us back. Everyone has a place at our table. And no, we don’t milk the peacocks
Lost Peacock Creamery Featured in Tilth Podcast 1500 1485 admin
Lost Peacock Creamery Featured in Tilth Podcast

WASCA licensed cheesemaker member Lost Peacock Creamery was featured on the Tilth Alliance’s Farm Walks Podcast (season 2, episode 10). In the podcast, Rachael Taylor-Tuller shares her story of transitioning from the Air Force to full-time farming, as well as the effects of animal husbandry on her own health and well-being. member to being a…

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WASCA Director Interviewed on Cheese Podcast

WASCA’s executive director, Courtney Johnson, was interviewed on the July 28 episode of The Mobile Monger Podcast. The podcast is a series developed by veteran cheese professional and Washington resident, Janee’ Muha. Janee’ interviewed Courtney about her many cheese-related projects, including her role as our executive director and how WASCA works to support local cheesemakers.…

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