Sunshine State Goat Dairy Shines at American Cheese Society Conference
Umbuzi Farm & Dairy in Buckingham, Florida, became the state's first goat dairy to receive a Grade A certification from the USDA, and their goat cream cheese took first place in its category at this year's American Cheese Society Conference. If Umbuzi keeps it up, cheese could beat out oranges in Florida:
“To be up there and be rated in a national competition, it’s so awesome I can’t even put it into words,” said Umbuzi cheese maker Jim Ellis, who worked in construction before helping to start the dairy with his stepfather Larry Woodis and local businessman Bonne Posma about two years ago.
“Everybody up there had such passion and drive and enthusiasm, it just blew my mind. To be ranked with people like that, I just felt so honored.”