Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance
Our many thanks go out to Farm Credit East for their support and participation in the 5th Anniversary Cheese Festival. Recently the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance was awarded an AgEnhancement grant to help spread the word and educate the public about the role of dairy farms in the Upstate NY region and to highlight some of the challenges faced by these farms. We at the Alliance greatly appreciate your support! Look for our new educational banners to debut at the Cheese Festival.
Tumino Cheese Company makes cows' milk cheese, inspired by those in Northern Italy, right here in the Finger Lake Region! Their cheese is so new to the FLX that they don't have a store yet, nor are they at any farm markets yet, but you can find their cheeses at King Ferry Winery on Cayuga Lake and Fox Run Winery on Seneca Lake. They are also on the menu at Beauvine in Auburn and Agava in Ithaca!
WE ARE NOW THE
FINGER LAKES CHEESE ALLIANCE!
As of January 1, 2016, we are now the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance! Still the same great farms, the same great cheese, the same great events. We are just broadening our focus to the cheeses and the many great places and events you can get them -- from our farms to farm markets, wineries to local stores, restaurants to events! We will also be adding information on our website for wholesalers to make it easier to find and carry our cheeses! We look forward to a wonderful and exciting 2016!
BECOME A 5TH ANNUAL FINGER LAKES CHEESE FESTIVAL SPONSOR!
Our 5th Finger Lakes Cheese Festival is Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, and we now have our sponsorship opportunities available for this big, landmark year! Join us in supporting this annual favorite event! We have sponsorships available at every level for every budget. Click the kit below to become a sponsor...
July 23rd, 2016
Pack up your friends, the kids, a cooler and even your dogs (on leashes please) and head to the 5th Anniversary Finger Lakes Cheese Festival, a fun-filled family day of food, music, animals, games, learning and more at our member farm, Sunset View Creamery, just east of Watkins Glen and south of Ithaca. Click here for directions and schedule.
You'll have the chance to taste all the cheeses of the farms of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance in one place, and enjoy plenty of local foods and beverages provided by our friends and neighbors. Think of it as a big summer family picnic meets a farm market! Plus, being our 5th Anniversary we have lots of surprises in store!
Admission is $5 in advance or $8 at gate, kids under 12 FREE. We've expanded the seating for the seminars this year. Each seminar will seat 120 people, and cost just $2 a person, per seminar. First come, first seated. Tickets go on sale 1 hour in advance of each seminar. Paid attendees will receive a complimentary shopping bag!
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.
FEATURED CHEESE RECIPE:
CHEF CHRISTOPHER BATES
Chef Bates created this wonderful fondue for the cooking demo at Shtayburne Farm's Fall Family Festival. It's delicious, easy and will make a great appetizer for all your holiday get-togethers!
1 clove garlic
4 ounces each cheese, shredded:
Side Hill Acres Goat Cheddar
Shtayburne Farm Mild Cheddar
Shtayburne Farm Sharp Cheddar
4 ounces Side Hill Acres fresh Chevre
1 cup Red Jacket Orchard Cider
3/4 cups Finger Lakes Dry Riesling
3 T Corn Starch
1 tsp sodium citrate
(optional - but helps with melting)
2 T Kirsch or Pear Williams
(distillate, not liquor -- optional)
Rub a heavy (enamel) pan with a garlic clove.
Shred hard cheeses on a coarse grater.
Combine all cheeses, wine, cider, cornstarch and sodium citrate in the pan.
Slowly warm over medium heat for stir constantly.
When it comes to a boil, add the distillate and stir to incorporate.
Serve with apples, sliced raw veggies and cubed bread.
You can use all wine or all cider for the liquid.
You can use a crockpot instead of enamel pan.
SERVES: 5 easily
Farm & Member News
PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
PARULSKI FARMS IN BATH & TUMINO CHEESE CO. IN KING FERRY!
Please join us in welcoming two new farms to the Alliance!
Parulski Farms in Bath, NY to the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance in 2016! They are very new cheesemakers, currently offering 6 varieties of jack, cheese curd and cheddar (when it's done aging -- that's how new they are)! They sell their cheeses at summer and winter farm markets, and have a small farm store. They also sell farm fresh and raised eggs, chickens and turkeys, and produce during the summer! Aside from their farm store you can find them at the Bath VA, Corning and Painted Post winter farmers markets.
VISITING OUR FARMS
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! Sunset View Creamery re-opens April 2, for Saturdays from 10-5, until Memorial Day Weekend when they will be open 7 days a week through the summer. Shtayburne Farm goes back to their 6 days a week schedule (Mon-Sat) on April 1. 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.
WE ACCEPT ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
IN THE CHEESE ALLIANCE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and more details.
Or just download the app here and mail it back to us!
Please welcome our newest Associates:
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!
Fresh, artisanal cheeses from our family farms to your family's table.
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