Canadian Cheese makes the grade.
There is a renaissance of cheese making in Ontario and Canada these days.
One of the judges in last week's Canadian Cheese Grand Prix in Montreal says people visiting local farmers markets want to know where the cheese has come from and who has made it and that has resulted in a mini boom for fromage.
Gurth Pretty says more and more small producers are starting to make cheese.
Pretty says after two days of tasting dozens of cheeses, the jurors all agreed that Kenogami, a washed rind cheese with a creamy butter flavour was the champion.
He says this is a perfect example how a small producer was able to defeat the larger cheese manufacturers.
Pretty says the Lehmann family in Lac Saint Jean make the cheese from milk from their own herd of cattle on their own farm.
The average value of farmland in Ontario increased by 1.9 per cent in the second half of 2008, according to the semi-annual Farm Credit Canada Farmland Values Report.
This is the third consecutive semi-annual increase and follows increases of 4.6 and 1.2 per cent in the previous two reporting periods.
Remi Lemoine -- Senior VP with FCC -- says +