(Waterloo) Not only were they the host of the 2009 Farm Tech Days, but the Crave Brothers Farm near Waterloo also received a number of cheese-making accolades this year. George Crave, the President of Crave Farmstead Cheeses, says in the past seven years they’ve secured a solid place among the nation’s most elite cheese makers. The Crave Brothers recently won four awards at the 25th Annual American Cheese Society Competition in Austin, Texas. The local cheese maker took home the top two prizes in the Farmstead Cheese category for their original creation “Les Frères Reserve” (luh-frare) and “Petite Frères Reserve.” The Craves mozzarella also took home second place trophies in the Fresh and Marinated Fresh Mozzarella categories. At the Wisconsin State Fair, the brothers also took home two first place awards for their mozzarella and rope string cheese, as well as a pair of third place prizes. And at the Dodge County Fair, the Crave’s Rope String Cheese was named the Grand Champion while their Mascarpone (mus-car-pony) was awarded a blue ribbon. Crave says it was an honor to win the national competition but it was a special pleasure to win awards in their own back yard.