SARATOGA SPRINGS – Stewart’s Shops’ milk has been named the best milk in New York State by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science.
The award was presented on Dairy Day, Thursday, Aug. 31, at the New York State Fair. The recognition is part of Cornell’s New York State Milk Quality Improvement Program. Cornell collected samples from New York State plants between October and May. The samples of whole milk, 2 percent, 1 percent and fat free milk were scored on various criteria, including best flavor.
Stewart’s dairy products were recently named among the first to become New York State certified. This program recognizes agricultural products that are local, made by producers who meet safe food handling best practices and also demonstrate environmental stewardship. The certified seal includes Stewart’s milk, ice cream, half and half, heavy cream and eggs.
Stewart’s Shops’ milk is produced by 30 dairy farms from Saratoga, Rensselaer and Washington Counties, and bottled at the Stewart’s dairy in Greenfield. Stewart’s trucks deliver that milk to their shops within 48 hours of leaving the farm.
“We know our customers care about where their food is coming from. That’s why we take such pride in providing fresh, local, quality milk,” Gary Dake, Stewart’s president, said in a statement. “This best milk award, along with our certification, gives added recognition to all our hard-working dairy farmers.”
Also the State Fair Dairy Day events, Stewart’s Shops also was presented with the business of distinction award at the state fair for its longstanding support of the dairy industry and the Dairy of Distinction program, which honors the efforts of Northeast dairy farmers.
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