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January 17, 2013

Milford cheese on menu at inauguration

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Schumer said after similar products gained notice from previous inauguration luncheons, sales increased rapidly as a direct result of the attention they received.

“This is a great help to our dairy industry in New York state and to New York apple growers,” said the state’s senior senator, who gave himself credit for pushing for the inclusion of New York farm products.

Tomaselli said she and Sweitzer decided to drop out of the paper industry after it had been rocked by cheaper imports from Asia. The two are both “foodies” and discovered the then vacant cheese plant in Milford listed on the Internet.

“We have the capability to make 750 pounds a day,” she said.

Cooperstown Cheese, she said, gets its milk from two places: Lester Tyler’s family farm, Sunny Acres Swiss, in Milford, and Stone House Farm in Sharon Springs, operated by Tim and Patti Everett.

They also supply cheese to the Beekman Hotel in Sharon Springs, operated by the stars of the “Fabulous Beekman Boys” reality television show, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge.

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