The quilt is here!

Our 2017 Cheese Festival raffle quilt is all done thanks to Carmella Hoffman and Andi+Johns Custom Quilting. And yes, those are mice! Drawing will be held at the end of the Cheese Festival on July 22.
Tickets are now on sale for only $1 each or 6 for $5, and can be purchased at the Sunset View Creamery store or with Crosswinds Creamery at the Ithaca Farmers Market.

Scheffler Farm, located on the lush plateau just east of Cayuga Lake between Ithaca and Cortland, NY. Owners Ed, who grew up on the farm, and his wife Eileen have been continuously producing certified organic since 2003. Available are grass-fed beef cuts, out-doorsy eggs, chicken, and most recently cheddar cheese. This small batch, raw, farmstead cheese is made from milk given by Scheffler Farm's own cows. They're following the motto of "sharing our healthy harvest." 

East Hill Creamery is owned by Gary and Betty Burley. The two have been dairying in Wyoming County since 1981. They started out with just 18 cows but have expanded over the years and now with the help of their children operate 2 pasture based dairies with a total of 1200 cows. East Hill Creamery has been making raw-milk, grass-fed, cave-aged, alpine style cheeses since May of 2016. 
See more info about East Hill Creamery here:


Hemlock Ridge in Avoca​, East Hill in Perry, and Scheffler Farm in Groton!

Please join us in welcoming three new farms to the Alliance!

Certified Organic since 2006, Hemlock Ridge Farm is owned and operated by Kelvin and Jessie Slayton. Situated on a windy hilltop south west of Keuka Lake, calico cows graze on green pastures from May through October. Our passion is to ensure health and vigor in our land, crops, animals and growing family. Our cows reward our efforts with rich, high quality milk, perfect for delicious cheeses to nurture your family.


Tickets for the 2017 festival, to be held on July 22 from 10AM to 5PM are now available at a discounted rate!

Upcoming Events

We Need Volunteers!

Do you like cheese? Does a day on the farm outdoors helping to run an exciting food and craft festival sound rewarding? Well then we have the opportunity for you! The Finger Lakes Cheese festival, happening July 22 in Odessa NY is seeking volunteers who can commit to a 4 hour shift. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival, festival shirt and great food! Many opportunities available. Shifts start at 5:30am and are staggered through the day with the last shift ending around 6 pm. For more info, reach our volunteer coordinator Niki HERE 


Jalapeno Grilled Chicken with Cheddar


For the marinade:
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons diced jalapeño
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Olive oil, for brushing the grill


1. Cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of each chicken breast, nearly through to the opposite side. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, zest, cilantro, salt, pepper, and sugar. Put chicken breasts and marinade in a large Ziploc bag and seal. Squish the bag around until breasts are well coated. Place the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (up to 12 hours).

2. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and discard marinade. Open up the slits and stuff each breast with 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, 1 teaspoon jalapeño, and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grill lightly with olive oil. Grill chicken until cooked through, about 7 minutes per side. Remove from direct heat and sprinkle remaining shredded cheddar cheese on top of each breast. Cook until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and serve.

See the rest of the recipe HERE

Remember, we are small, family run working farms and while we may have published hours, sometimes things come up. 

So for the best trip ever, call the farms before visiting. And always to dress comfortably with good walking shoes or sneakers. Heels are a really bad plan on a farm.


Want to head out to the farm? First, check Our Members page for farm hours. They differ from farm to farm! Then use our GOOGLE MAP to get around. Save it right to your Smart Phone for door to door directions.


While many of our farms keep the same hours year round, some of our destination farms reduce their hours or even close for the off season. But as the flowers start popping, the hours start expanding! Check our Hours Page for the most current hours for each farm. And remember, it's not a bad idea to call first, because these are small, family farms and sometimes emergencies do come up.



Do you love the Cheese Alliance? Does your business use or support the Alliance? Do you just love our cheese? Then, for $100 your business could be an Associate Member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance! 

For your membership, you get mentioned and promoted on our site and Facebook, with a link. And you are a preferred vendor when people ask. In addition, we will carry your literature in our shops and farms.

Email us at for an application and more details. 
Or just download the app here and mail it back to us!


Please welcome our newest Associates:

Finger Lakes Cider House

4017 Hickok Rd #1

Interlaken, NY 14847

Villa Bellangelo
150 Poplar Point
Dundee, NY 14837

Standing Stone Vineyards
9934 State Route 414
Hector, NY 14841

Stever Hill Vineyards
3962 Stever Hill Road
Branchport, NY 14418

Curly's Family Restaurant
780 Route 14
Montour Falls, NY 14865

A Stone's Throw Bed & Breakfast
3509 West Avenue
Interlaken, NY 14847

These wonderful supporters are located in the heart of wine and cheese country, 
and perfect places to stay, eat and play while you're visiting here in the Finger Lakes. Please check them out and show them some love!

For a full list of and details on our current Associate Members, just go to our
Associate Members page!

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