Yellow Springs Farm Wins Trifecta at American Cheese Society Competition

Yellow Springs Farm Wins ACS Trifecta

YSF Cheeses win three awards at annual event held in Denver, Col. July 28th – July 29th


Chester Springs, PA – August 4, 2017-Yellow Springs Farm LLC (YSF), a family farm business focused on selling artisanal goat cheeses to local communities and restaurants, announced today that it was awarded First Place for its Black Diamond, Second Place for its Goat’s Beard, and Third Place for its Red Leaf goat’s milk cheeses at the annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Awards this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. Yellow Springs Farm produces a wide range of artisanal goat cheeses and yogurts from its dairy farm in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

The American Cheese Society is a not-for-profit trade organization founded in 1983 to support the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry. ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for members of the cheese industry, while striving to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in North America. This year's ACS Judging and Competition was announced on Saturday, July 29th where an impressive 2024 cheese products were evaluated from 281 different producers. “We are honored to have three of our cheeses win ACS award this year – this is the first win for our Goat’s Beard, a goat’s milk cheese similar to a Gouda and the second ACS wins for our Black Diamond and Red Leaf goat cheeses,” said Catherine Renzi, Co-owner, Yellow Springs Farm. “Our previous ACS wins were for our Black Diamond, Blue Velvet, Fieldstone, Nutcracker, and Red Leaf cheeses, and we are ecstatic to have won the goat cheese trifecta at this year’s competition,” Renzi added.

About the ACS Winning Cheeses from Yellow Springs Farm

Black DiamondTM is a bloomy rind cheese made in the tradition of the French Valencay cheese with its vegetable ash rind. YSF adapted the cheese to fit the milk quality and aging conditions in Chester Springs, rather than France. This cheese is best enjoyed before dinner or after, but be sure to pair it with a simple cracker or baguette and let its ripe flavors open on your palette.

Goat’s BeardTM is less sweet than a Gouda, but made with similar inspiration, this mild aged goat milk cheese is firm, with crisp flavors, including hints of honey and butter. Try it melted on a sandwich, or in an omelet.

Red LeafTM offers a moist, light texture despite its aged character because it is marinated in red wine. The cheese is age wrapped in Sycamore leaves — a native PA tree — for an herbal, nutty extra zing with layers of flavor. The small size of each wheel was determined by the size of the Sycamore tree's leaves. We just are here to orchestrate the connections between landscape and foodscape—we love it when a native plant species makes a cheese extra good . Eat this cheese slowly, savor each bite, and the flavors just keep coming in waves.

YSF Cheese and Yogurt YSF yogurt is available for purchase on the YSF website and Philadelphia area grocery stores including all five Kimberton Whole Foods locations and Whole Foods Markets in Devon, Glen Mills, Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia-South St., and Jenkintown PA. You may also find YSF yogurt at Metropolitan Bakery in Philadelphia, and at the West Chester Growers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the end of December 2017. To purchase any of our cheeses or yogurts online, visit or visit the farm during our upcoming Open Farm Days on Saturday/Sunday, September 2nd & 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine at 1165 Yellow Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA. We will also offer a sale on native perennial plants — Buy-2-Get-1-Free — only during these two Open Farm Days.

About Yellow Springs Farm

Yellow Springs Farm is a Native Plant Nursery and Artisanal Goat Cheese Dairy founded by Catherine and Al Renzi, in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. The farm and nursery consists of an historic farmhouse, dairy barn, and a springhouse with a pond on eight acres of land. Originally a dairy farm 160 years ago, the Renzi’s purchased the farm in 2001 protecting it from future development with a conservation easement.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Catherine Renzi, [email protected], (610) 827-2014.


Yellow Springs Farm, a Native Plant Nursery and Artisanal Goat Cheese Dairy, founded by Catherine and Al Renzi, is located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. The farm and nursery consists of an historic farmhouse, dairy barn, a springhouse with pond on 8 acres of land. Orginally a dairy farm 150 years ago, we purchased the farm in 2001 protecting it from future development with a conservation easement. Our focus on conservation landscaping comes from the knowledge that preservation of our environment, including waterways and woodlands in both our residential and rural areas is necessary to insure the future health of our planet and ourselves. Re-establishing native habitats with native plants and environmentally sensitive methods is a way to “conserve our landscapes” for the benefit of our water, air and environment. In past centuries, much of our Yellow Springs Farm was pasture for cow grazing. When the dairy farm business was closed decades ago, no work was done to reestablish the native species that were present prior to the dairy farm. Over the past half-century or so, nature took its course, and many alien species invaded. Some invasive plants, such as Autumn Olive and Norway Maples, were introduced by people who did not understand the long-term impact of their plant selections.

The Native Plant Difference

We wished to change this landscape, but were limited by the lack of native plants available for sale. Our native plant propagation , sales, and landscape service offerings was born from our need and passion for land conservation If you tour the property , you will see display areas that we have created, including a meadow, a rain garden, a wetland garden, pond and woodland area. We are restoring and enhancing all with native plants. We use these demonstration areas for client tours as well as for our ongoing scientific research studies on native plants and their interaction in our environment. We hope Yellow Springs Farm will contribute to the science as well as the art of environmental education and conservation landscaping. Nubian Dairy Goats make Great Cheeses Yellow Springs Farm proudly offers both fresh and aged Artisanal Goat Cheeses, Goat Milk Caramel Sauces and Goat Milk Yogurt. The most important part of our cheeses is the exceptionally good milk our goats produce. We breed and raise Nubian goats, with occasional genetic crosses, carefully selected for their naturally nutrient rich milk. Our herd browses pasture, cleans up invasive plant species in the woodland, and basks in the sun. Our goats also eat local hay, and organic grains. Al and Catherine Renzi make Yellow Springs Farm cheeses using age-old processes borrowed from both French and Italian traditions. Our original interpretation of these recipes, and inclusion of farm-raised herbs, nuts, and honey make many unique Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheeses. Each small batch is handmade, and never includes preservatives or anything artificial. We offer both fresh, pasteurized milk cheeses, and exclusive raw milk cheeses aged 60 days or more. We love to select palette-pleasing trends to pair with local, fresh foods. There is always a new cheese to try. Please check out our Goat Cheese Tasting Notes so that you can enjoy all the good flavors of Yellow Springs Farm.

Our Goats Awards and Honors

Chester County Day tour site—2002 and 2006 Land Conservation Award from French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust—2003 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Distinguished Garden—2008 American Cheese Society Winner Marinated Goat Cheese Category - 2010 1st place - Nutcracker™ 2nd place - Red Leaf™. Fieldstone 2011 2nd Place Winner American Cheese Society.