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Green Dirt Farm is a Martha Stewart American Made award finalist

Weston’s Green Dirt Farm, a producer of sheep’s milk cheeses, is a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made awards.
Weston’s Green Dirt Farm, a producer of sheep’s milk cheeses, is a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made awards. deulitt@kcstar.com

Green Dirt Farm has caught Martha Stewart’s eye.

The Weston-based cheesemaker is a finalist in the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Awards, a recognition designed to bring attention to artisans upholding traditional craftsmanship of handcrafted, well-designed goods. Green Dirt is a finalist in the food, agriculture and sustainability category.

“We need a diversity of food production, but we should never lose the traditions handed down by past generations, and we’re in danger of losing some of that,” says Sarah Hoffmann, owner and head cheesemaker.

Green Dirt Farm is lauded by local chefs and food fans for its American Cheese Society award-winning fresh sheep’s milk cheeses and Only Ewe yogurt. The company has grown enough to expand into the Rocky Mountain region with Whole Foods, but national recognition would help the company move into more markets.

The Animal Welfare Approved company works with two Amish communities to collect sheep’s milk for its products and will soon launch its first cow’s milk cheeses to tide the farmers over when sheep’s milk production typically dips in the fall.

“It’s really unfolded in a very natural way,” Hoffmann says of her artisan food business, “but it is a tremendous challenge to make a small-scale farm sustainable.”

To vote for Green Dirt Farm, go to www.marthastewart/americanmade and search for Green Dirt Farm. The winner will be announced Oct. 23.

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