Meet the Judges

The Cow Parade is right around the corner, and with it the first annual Bake-Off. This year’s theme is “cake” (we’re calling it a “cake-off”). The entries have been rolling in, and boy do they look tasty! But no contest is complete without adjudicators, so without further ado, it’s time to meet the judges:

Joanne Canady-Brown
Cannady-Brown is a self-taught baker and owner of Lawrenceville’s Gingered Peach bakeshop, named to honor her grandmother. Open since last July, the shop was an instant success, boasting individual pastries at wallet-friendly prices. This busy lady has a background in restaurant management and marketing, and is a mother of two.

Titus Pierce
Pierce is a US Army Iraqi War and combat veteran, a businessman, and entrepreneur who truly loves New Jersey and all its people. He is currently campaigning for the governorship, and is possibly Cherry Grove Farm’s biggest fan – we found him favoriting our posts on twitter!

Ashley Shaloo
Professor Shaloo is a Jackson, New Jersey native, and one of Cherry Grove’s own. When she’s not taking care of our sheep and chickens, she teaches biology at Georgian Court University and Brookdale Community College. With a PhD in molecular and cell biology, Shaloo is no slouch in the kitchen or the classroom.

If you haven’t signed up for the cake-off, there’s still time. Send your name, email, phone, name and description of your entry to There’s no cost to enter, and you’ll be competing for fame and prizes! 

1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens