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 Thanks to Nancy Weber for writing this blog about the New York State Fair's Certified Organic Divisions:

Since 2011, the Hearts Hill Farm of Rome, NY has been bringing home blue ribbons for their organic produce at the Great New York State Fair. That’s when the Fair introduced new divisions specifically for Certified Organic fruits, vegetables, forage and hay.  

Owners Kent and Michele Roberts had considered entering their produce in the New York State Fair Commercial Vegetable competition for many years. When the Department of Ag & Markets and NOFA-NY sent them email flyers announcing that the State Fair was going to have a special organic division they thought, “Why not!” The Roberts’ entered their garlic braid (Czech variety) in 2011 and won First Prize and Organic Grand Champion. They made a clean sweep in  2012 when they entered their garlic braid and it won Organic Reserve Champion. They also entered their cherry tomatoes which won First Prize and Organic Grand Champion. According to Michele, they use their awards not only as marketing tools to increase sales but to also increase awareness of organic growing.  



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