Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance
Our 2017 Finger Lakes Cheese Festival may be over, but mark your calendars for July 28, 2018. Next years will feature even more family farm fun festivities!
To tide you over, we've put up some of our favorite pictures here:
The recipes from our celebrity chef Brud Holland are also up here:
Finally, check us out on Facebook for more information about the festival as it develops for next year, see you there!
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:
PLEASE JOIN US IN WELCOMING OUR NEWEST MEMBERS:
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.
FEATURED CHEESE RECIPE:
Roasted cauliflower broccoli stuffed potatoes with cheesy butternut sauce
yield: makes 6 potatoes
6 yukon gold or butter potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups broccoli florets
4 green onions, thinly sliced
Cheesy butternut sauce
2 cups cubed butternut squash
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup whole milk
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
Directions: Cheesy butternut sauce
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the squash cubes. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is fork tender and soft enough to be pureed. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Transfer it to a blender or a food processor, add the garlic and blend until totally smooth.
Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the milk. Cook until the milk is warm and bubbles appear around the edges, then whisk in the pureed squash. Heat again until warm, just a few minutes. Toss the grated cheese with the cornstarch until the cheese shreds are coated. Reduce the heat until the milk to low add in small handfuls of cheese, stirring until completely melted. Repeat with remaining cheese. Have patience! Stir in very small amounts of cheese slowly so it melts evenly and doesn't get gritty and separate. If it does become too thick, whisk in a few teaspoons of milk.
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We have two events coming up in the fall, the Cider and Cheese event on Saturday, October 7 (Columbus Day Weekend).
As a part of the New York Cider Associations FLX Cider Week, we will put pairing cider and cheese center stage on Saturday, Oct 7 with pairings all over the finger lakes!
Then, our new Signature Dishes event is on Saturday, November 11 (Veterans Day Weekend) at Logan Ridge in Hector NY.
This is a NEW event for the Alliance, bringing together world class recipes from the Finger Lakes regions chefs and caterers and the cheeses of the Cheese Alliance to make a tasting extravaganza! The entire event will be at Logan Ridge, so you can taste everything in one place.
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.
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! 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:
4017 Hickok Rd #1
Interlaken, NY 14847
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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