Stewart’s Shops wins Best Milk in New York

Stewart’s Shops was named Best Milk in New York State by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science on Dairy Day, Aug. 31, at the New York State Fair.

The recognition is part of Cornell’s New York State Milk Quality Improvement Program.

Cornell University collected samples from New York State plants between October and May. The samples of whole milk, 2 percent, 1 percent, and fat free milk were scored on various criteria, including best flavor.

Stewart’s milk also made headlines recently, when the company’s dairy products were among the first to become New York State Certified. This program recognizes agricultural products that are local, made by producers who meet safe food handling best practices, and also demonstrate environmental stewardship. The certified seal includes Stewart’s milk, ice cream, half and half, heavy cream, as well as eggs.

Stewart’s Shops’ milk is produced by 30 dairy farms from Saratoga, Rensselaer, and Washington Counties, and bottled at the Stewart’s dairy in Greenfield. Stewart’s trucks deliver that milk to their shops within 48 hours of leaving the farm.

“We know our customers care about where their food is coming from. That’s why we take such pride in providing fresh, local, quality milk,” said Stewart’s President Gary Dake. “This best milk award, along with our certification, gives added recognition to all our hard-working dairy farmers. It also means our customers can feel good about buying their milk and other dairy products from Stewart’s Shops. Stock up now for all that back-to-school cereal!”

Also the State Fair Dairy Day events, Stewart’s Shops was presented with the Business of Distinction award for its longstanding support of the dairy industry and the Dairy of Distinction program, which honors the efforts of Northeast dairy farmers.