New Mexico cheeses to be sampled during Dairy Day at State Fair

September 20 event to showcase familiar and artisan, cow and goat cheeses, all produced locally

(ALBUQUERQUE) – When you think of cheese, does New Mexico come to mind?

If not, it should.  The Land of Enchantment consistently ranks among the top five states in the country for the amount of cheese it produces.

It’s not just about quantity, but also quality.  New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) invites you to decide for yourself during Dairy Day, an event at which you can sample both familiar and artisan cheeses – some produced from cows’ milk and some from goats’ milk – all produced in New Mexico.  The event takes place Friday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Agriculture Building at the New Mexico State Fair.

NMDA also invites you to step inside the south wing of the Agriculture Building to enjoy its New Mexico wine and cheese pairing room where local cheeses will be sampled periodically throughout the fair’s 12-day run, and where you’ll get information on which New Mexico wines pair well with which New Mexico cheeses.

“I think a lot of New Mexicans would be surprised to learn that we have international buyers looking to the Land of Enchantment to source cheese for use in their home countries,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.  “That our cheeses are internationally known is a real testament to New Mexico’s dairy farmers.”

The milk produced by the state’s approximately 150 family-owned dairy farms contributes between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to New Mexico’s economy every year.  That figure becomes much larger when you consider the value increases as milk is turned into ice cream, yogurt, and other dairy products.  Local dairy products often bear the NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® logo, which NMDA created in 2000 to help consumers quickly identify foods and drinks made in New Mexico.

Visit Dairy Producers of New Mexico for more information on New Mexico’s dairy farmers.  Click here for more information on the NEW MEXICO—Taste the Tradition® logo program.