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World's Top Cheese Available at Maplewood Farmers Market

Baetje Farms—available at Saturday's Maplewood Winter Market and Holiday Fair—had a cheese named one of the top 16 cheeses in the world at the World Cheese Awards 2011 in Birmingham, UK.

Bloomsdale cheese from artisan farmstead dairy farm Baetje Farms beat out 2,700 cheeses from 35 countries to become one of the top 16 cheeses in the world.

Owners Steve and Veronica Baetje took Bloomsdale and several other cheeses to the World Cheese Awards 2011 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, where they won a super gold award, four silvers and a bronze for their artisan cheeses, according to Feast Magazine.

Of the 50 super gold winners, judges selected 16—including Baetje's Bloomsdale—as top in the world.

The St. Genevieve farm will sell its cheeses for the last time this season at the Maplewood Farmers Market and Holiday Fair, Veronica Baetje wrote on the event's Facebook wall. 

"We will be back in February, Lord willing," she said. "Just have to wait for the goats to kid before we start another cheese making season."

If you can't wait until February, the Maplewood Winter Farmers Market runs from 9 am. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at . Other artisan vendors will include All Along Press, Beqi Clothing, DownZipper, Gregg Rasmusson, Newberry Furniture, Riley Construction, Scarlett Garnet Jewelry and Wounded Bird.

The Baetjes wake up at 3 a.m. every morning to milk their 53 goats and make cheese, notes their website.

mormit December 18, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Picked up some of their cheese for a special dish for Christmas Eve. Also got some nice soaps from other vendors at the Schlafly Farmers' Market while I was there. I plan on making gift baskets with other great local stuff like Crown Candy chocolate covered blueberries and G&W Landjaeger. Forget about the boring box stores.

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