In Honor of our Farmers, FireFly Farms Proudly Sponsors 13th Annual Future Harvest CASA Conference

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FireFly Farms (http://www.fireflyfarms.com), producer of artisanal goat cheeses from Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau, is pleased to be a Gold-Level Sponsor at the 13th Annual Future Harvest CASA conference (http://www.futureharvestcasa.org), January 13-14 at the Lansdowne National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.

FireFly Farms (http://www.fireflyfarms.com), producer of artisanal goat cheeses from Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau, is pleased to be a Gold-Level Sponsor at the 13th Annual Future Harvest CASA conference (http://www.futureharvestcasa.org), January 13-14 at the Lansdowne National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. This year’s Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture conference, titled: “Farm to Institution: Making Local Food Economies a Reality,” will focus on the connection between food producers and institutions that benefit the local agricultural economy, the institutional bottom line, and the food consumer’s health.

“This is our most anticipated educational and networking event of the year,” commented Nan Cox, Future Harvest CASA Conference Manager. “We’re thrilled to have FireFly Farms as a sponsor.”

FireFly Farms is happy to be the sponsor of one of the conference’s six learning tracks entitled: “Local Food Communities.”

“FireFly Farms is honored to represent its family farming partners at this conference,” commented FireFly Farm’s President, Mike Koch. “The farm-to-table movement in our region is gaining momentum. We stand on the shoulders of our farming partners, who work daily to produce the beautiful goat’s milk that we process into award winning artisan goat’s milk cheeses.”

FireFly Farms sources its goat’s milk from local family farms, all within 20 miles of its creamery located near Mountain Maryland’s beautiful Deep Creek Lake. FireFly Farms purchases goat milk from these family farmers through its exchange called Collective Good™.

“Collective Good was established to ensure that our farmers’ needs were being addressed,” added FireFly Farms Head Cheese-Maker and Director of Operations, Matt Cedro. “We compensate our farmers based on the composition and quality of their milk, and we do not force them to manipulate their goatherds in an attempt to provide us with an even supply of goat milk year-round.”

“We respect and celebrate the natural annual cycle of the goats, and we make this healthy cycle a part of the conversation with our wholesale customers and consumers,” added FireFly Farms Director of Sales and Marketing, Andrea Cedro.

Collective Good™, a FireFly Farms Exchange, exists to source high-quality, locally produced goat milk from near-by farms. Collective Good™ producers are required to ensure that the goat milk they produce and sell to FireFly Farms meets the following standards of quality:

  •     It is sourced from animals raised by humane animal husbandry practices with access to the outdoors.
  •     It is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers on animal pastures.
  •     It is produced without the use of hormones or sub-therapeutic antibiotics.
  •     It is produced without the use of rBGH.

About FireFly Farms:
FireFly Farms offers nationally and internationally award-winning premium goat cheese that features the distinct regional flavors of Mountain Maryland’s Allegheny Plateau. Each cheese is artfully handcrafted and aged with precise detail; each offers distinguished flavor, exceptional texture, noteworthy composition, and unprecedented aesthetics. The cheese of FireFly Farms is produced using agriculturally sustainable, locally sourced fresh goat’s milk and time‐honored, traditional methods of goat cheese making. FireFly Farms opened its new Creamery & Market to the public in October 2011.

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