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NASA has determined that the moon is NOT made of cheese, but you don't have to go that far to get you fromage' fix! Right here, in The Finger Lakes, is a group of hard working farmers, making cheese right there on the farm. Goudas! Cheddars! Washed Rind Stinkies! Chevre! Blues! Fresh Curds!


Jerry Dell Farm in FreevilleJerry Dell Farm & Farm Store | www.jerrydellfarm.com

Jerry Dell Farm is located in Dryden with their farm store located in Freeville, just north east of Ithaca. Started in 1946 by Gerald and Ardella Sherman in the scenic hills of Dryden, New York, Jerry Dell Farm is still family owned and operated. In 2010, we opened a second location in Freeville, New York to expand our production. Combined, we currently milk over 450 cows of the 950-head herd of cows, heifers and calves. We are certified organic through the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.  

PRODUCTS:
Jerry Dell Farm Raw Milk Cheddar: A smooth, velvety texture organic raw milk cheese. Great for macaroni and cheese. $16/lb.


Sunset View Creamery | www.sunsetviewcreamery.com

Sunset View Creamery is located on Hoffarms Dairy, a century farm located outside of Odessa, New York, 15 minutes South of Watkins Glen. This Farmstead/Artisan Cheese Production Facility is operated, along with the farm, by the 4th and 5th generation of the Hoffman Family.

PRODUCTS:
Cheese Curds:
Plain, Buffalo, Mama Mia (Garlic and Onion), Jack Radish, Dill and Tomato Basil
Semi-hard Aged Cheese: Mild all the way to 7 Yr Aged Sharp
Monterey Jack Style: Flavors include Chive n’ Dill, Bacon/ Ranch, Mama Mia, Jumpin Jack and Jalapeno
Heritage: An Italian style cheese great for cooking and grating, similar to Parmesan 


Lively Run Dairy | www.livelyrun.com

Lively Run Dairy is a family run, sustainable farm in Interlaken, NY that began production in 1982. It is one of the first commercial goat dairy operations in New York State. Come visit the farm, taste their artisanal goat and cow cheeses, get a tour and eat some cheescake on their cute porch. Make sure to come in the spring to see their mischievous goat kids. View their hours here. 

PRODUCTS:
Chevre: C
lassic French style Chevre, made plain or with a variety of herbs.

Cayuga Blue:
With a flavor as deep and rich as the lake that it is named after
Feta:
Tasty and crumbly, a perfect compliment to any Greek salad.
  

 Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, LLC | www.kefircheese.com

At Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, LLC, we practice the tradition of kefir culture. We are pleased to introduce an artisanal, farmstead kefir cheese, cultured with living kefir grains and handcrafted with the creamy raw milk from our grass fed and pastured Irish Dexter cows.

PRODUCTS:
Handcrafted artisanal, farmstead raw milk kefir cheese, cultured with authentic living kefir grains


Shtayburne Farms | www.shtayburnefarms.com

Shtayburne Farm in Rock Stream, NY produces Cheddars, Jacks and Fresh Curds. Over three generations of experience in dairy farming. It starts with dirt….good dirt, and the rich soil that they farm is among the richest in the Finger Lakes region.

PRODUCTS:
Cheddar Curds:
Plain, Roasted Garlic, Tomato Basil, Blazin Buffalo Wing
Cheddars: Mild, Chilipepper, Sharp, Smoked, Horseradishto Sharp
Monterey Jack Style: Flavors include Jalapeno, Peppercorn, Italian Herb, Garlic & Herb, Blueberry


Keeley’s Cheese Company | www.keeleyscheeseco.com

Keeley's Cheese Company, on the East side of Cayuga Lake, is home to McGarr Farms. Their grazing herd of Registered Holstein and Jersey cows produces the high quality milk that Keeley turns into her signature cheeses. 

PRODUCTS:
Across the Pond: A semi-soft, washed rind cheese.  Made from raw milk of Holstein and Jersey cows.  Cave-aged over 60 days, this cheese is pleasantly pungent and super creamy, with a complex, earthy flavor. $15/pound
Across the Pond Reserve: A slightly firmer semi-soft cheese reminiscent of the tomme style, with a dry, brushed rind. Reserve is also made with raw milk, and its natural rind imparts a pleasantly nutty flavor. $15/pound
Maura: A semi-soft, washed-rind Irish style cheese.
CHEESE COOLER ON PREMISES.


 Engelbert Farms | www.engelbertfarms.com

Engelbert Farms is a certified organic farm in Nichols, NY, farming in the same location since 1911. It is a true family farm with six family members making their living on the farm. Sons Joe and John represent the 5th generation at this location. Engelbert Farms has been farming organically since 1981, and certified organic since 1984. Cheese is made from the milk of organic, crossbreed cows who are on pasture from April through November. The Engelberts proudly point out they make their living “with” their cows, not “from” them! Farm store is open Friday and Saturday from 10 to 3, year round. Special extended hours for Finger Lakes Cheese Trail open house dates.

PRODUCTS:
Certified Organic Cheddars, Feta,Goudas, Beer-BrineManchego & La Vache (spreadable cow milk cheese)


Muranda Cheese Co. | www.murandacheese.com

The Muranda Cheese House was created by the Murrays so that you could enjoy the goodness of quality milk in a product you can’t find in retail stores. The farm store & tasting room is open 7 days a week year round. And you can always convince one of the Murrays to give you an impromptu tour of their immaculate farm.

PRODUCTS:
15 Varieties of Cheddar-based artisan cheeses including: Colby, Asiago/Provolone, British Raw Milk Cheddar, Horseradish, Crazy Charlie, Fiesta, Checkerboard, British Garlic Cheddar Cheeseour best seller Red Buddy, a Swiss/Cheddar blend, and now our new Blue.



Hillcrest Dairy | web

Hillcrest Dairy, in Moravia, produces Swiss and Old Fashioned Raw Milk Cheddars. The farm feeds the cows a diet of grasses and non-GMO (Genetically Modified) grains. Hillcrest Dairy is located at 66 W Cayuga Street (Route 38), Moravia, NY 13118, 10 miles south of Auburn, and directly east of King Ferry. 

PRODUCTS:
Swiss and Old Fashioned Raw Milk Cheddars


Kenton's Cheese Co. |  kentonscheeseco.com

Kenton's Cheese Co. is located in Trumansburg, near Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese.
This new addition to the trail brings brie!

PRODUCTS:
Cheeses: Bianco, a brie-style soft cheese. Pauline: Pauline: a Swiss Emmentaler


Vanillen Dairy | www.vanillendairy.blogspot.com

Vanillen Dairy
 is located in Ovid, 
and is one of our newer cheese makers. Their white, hoop-style barn is a local landmark!  The Brown Swiss dairy cows that live there produce deliciously rich milk that is ideal for cheese making.  Fresh & Alpine style cheeses are the focus, as well as gelato (whole milk ice cream).  Their products are available on the farm and at many area retail locations (check website for complete listing).

Farm store open daily, dawn to dusk, self-service.

PRODUCTS:
Morning Glory: A soft, fresh pasteurized cows' milk cheese with a rich texture and tangy flavor similar to chevre. It spreads nicely and can be used for baking, fillings, crumbles, or simply eaten out of the container!  -- plain & chive
Butternut:
A baby Swiss.
FARM STORE OPEN DAILY, DAWN TO DUSK. SELF-SERVE CHEESE COOLER ALSO AVAILABLE.

Dutch Hill CreameryDutch Hill Creamery | www.dutchhillcreamery.com

Dutch Hill Creamery is the home of the Aukema-Dairy Farm. The newest member of the Trail is a small creamery in the southern tier of New York, just outside of Binghamton, NY.  They produce, all natural, hormone free milk, from very happy cows. In fact they treat all their animals as if they are their kids, taking extra care to make sure they are healthy, happy and comfortable which then provides us with a better product to sell to the you. 

PRODUCTS:

PRODUCTS:
Bottled "Cream-Line" Milk, Cheese Curd and other local products available.
FARM STORE NOW OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK.


ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

ACCOMMODATIONS
 

Barrister's Bed & Breakfast | 56 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls | 800-914-0145
Hours: Open for guests year round.
About: Located in the historic town of Seneca Falls, this gracious Victorian B&B is just minutes away from Muranda Cheese Co., the Wine Trails, local museums, shopping, dining and the outdoor activities the Finger Lakes is famous for. Your hosts Ken & Diane McConnell go above and beyond to make you feel right at home in one of their 5 period decorated rooms, and supply you with a hearty gourmet breakfast each day before they send you on your way to enjoy your Finger Lakes getaway.

Finger Lakes Mill Creek Cabins | 2382 Parmenter Road, Lodi | 607-582-7673
Hours:
Open for guests year round.
About: Located on 42 secluded acres right between the Seneca and Cayuga Lake Wine Trails, Brenda & Mike Neville invite you to vacation in one of their beautiful rustic cabins while you enjoy your stay in Wine & Cheese country. Guests are greeted each morning with a delicious breakfast basket on their doorsteps filled with delightful homemade goodies to get you started.

Finger Lakes Wine Country Rentals | Hector | 607-857-2477
Hours: Cottage open for guests year round.
About: Located right on 414 by beautiful Seneca Lake, this cottage makes the ideal getaway for families or a group of friends, comfortably sleeping 4-6. This cozy cottage is one of the properties of this two-generation family-owned and run business dedicated to bringing you the best in Finger Lakes rental properties to help you create a memorable Finger Lakes getaway.

Rogue's Harbor Inn | 2079 East Shore Drive, Ithaca | 607-533-3535
Hours: Inn open year round, dining 4-10 Mon-Sat, 3-9 Sun.
About: Located 5 miles north of Ithaca on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail this charming Inn offers 9 beautifully appointed rooms and includes and includes a sprawling breakfast with your stay. Their dining room and pub are open nightly for dinner, and their menus feature many local ingredients including cheeses from the Trail. In addition they brew their own craft beer daily!

Vinehurst Inn & Suites | 7988 State Route 54, Hammondsport | 607-569-2300
Hours: Open for guests year round.
About: Comfort abounds at Hammondsport's Vinehurst Inn & Suites in the Finger Lakes. Stay and explore one of the coolest small towns in America on beautiful and pristine Keuka Lake. Be a guest and bring a friend, your love or the entire family. Enjoy sophisticated rooms, romantic whirlpool suites and fully appointed spacious family suites that provide the perfect wine country getaway. Celebrate your travels at a Veteran-owned small hotel offering complimentary Wi-Fi, continental breakfast on beautifully landscaped grounds only 1.5 miles from Keuka Lake. 

STORES & MARKETS

Kirton's Farm Market | 5646 Rte 414, Hector | 607-546-5646
Hours: 10-6, 7 days a week (Mother's Day through Halloween)
About: This wonderful Farm Market located right on Seneca Lake offers local farm-fresh products and crafts and is famous for their weekend BBQ! A great stop for lunch or to stock up on farm goods!

Little Bleu Cheese Shop | 684 South Ave., Rochester | 585-730-8296
Hours: 10-6 Mon-Wed, 10-7 Thurs & Fri, 10-6 Sat, 11-4 Sun
About: The Little Bleu Cheese Shop is a marketplace for artisan and farmstead cheesemakers and food producers, offering cheese and food companions from the Finger Lakes region and beyond. In addition to featuring unique cut-to-order cheeses, they specialize in small plates, cheese catering and To-Go boxes for your special events.

Man in the Moon Bake Shoppe & Café | 982 State Rte 34B & Rte 90, King Ferry | 607-227-6863
Hours: Wed. by chance for pick up, Thurs-Sat 8-5, Sun 8-2
About: This delightful bakery is located along our Trail and is best known for their "made from scratch" cheesecakes, pastries, baked goods as well as breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. They support, use and sell local products from farmers and food producers. They even bake their own crackers to accompany the many of our cheeses that they sell, which are available at gourmet markets, wineries and of course at our farm stores. Stop by, call or order online. Gift baskets and gift certificates available.

Red Jacket Orchards | 957 Canandaigua Road (Rtes 5 & 20), Geneva | 315-781-2749
Hours: 9-5 Daily, 7 days a week, year round (Saturdays open until 7pm)
About: This incredible farm store has not only one of the finest selection of family-grown fruits and delicious juices and products, but a wide selection of local products as well. Conveniently located on 5 & 20, they're easy to find and open year round. Plus New Yorkers can find them in Union Square, and you can always shop their online store any time of day or night.

WINERIES

Americana Vineyards & Crystal Lake Café
 | 4367 East Covert Road, Interlaken | 607-387-6801
Hours: (Winery) 10-6 Daily | (Café) 12-8 Daily (off season Thursday-Sunday)
About: A true destination winery located just off Cayuga Lake about 15 minutes north of Ithaca, Americana is a strong advocate of supporting local businesses. Their Café uses local seasonal ingredients in their from scratch kitchen. And the winery boasts over 30 award-winning wines. The winery hosts WHEY LOCAL SATURDAYS, the second Saturday of each month which features one of our Trail's cheesemakers, and hosts concerts every Friday (6-8) and Sunday (4-6) year round. A great place to visit for fine wines, wonderful local fare and great entertainment!

Hector Wine Company | 5610 Route 414, Hector | 607-387-1045
Hours: (April-Dec) Sun-Thurs 11-6, Fri & Sat 11-7 | (Jan-March) Fri & Sat 11-7, Sun & Mon 11-6
About: Since opening their doors in 2010, the team of viticulturist Jason Hazlitt and winemaker Justin Boyette have developed a tasting room that supports the local arts, including the culinary and agricultural arts. Selling local cheese has become an integral part of their operation. Customers enjoy pairing the local cheeses with HWC's growing list of dry whites and reds (and a few semi-dry to sweet wines too).

Lakewood Vineyards | 4024 State Rte 14, Watkins Glen | 607-535-9252
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 (Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas)
About: The Stamp family has farmed the western shores of Seneca Lake for four generations. Drawing on their tradition of fine wine making techniques and modern technology the winery has won many top honors in the industry. As a farming family, the Stamps and their staff have always been supportive of the local agriculture and carry many local products, such as many of our cheeses, at their winery in support. A warm and inviting atmosphere awaits, less than 5 miles south of Shtayburne Farm.

Wagner Vineyards & Ginny Lee Café
| 9322 State Route 414, Lodi | 607-582-6450
Hours: (Winery) 10-5 Daily | (Brewery) 10-5 Mon-Sat, 12-5 Sun |
          (Café) 11-4 Daily, May-Oct, Fri & Sat 11-4, Sun 11-3, March & April, closed winters
About: Overlooking beautiful Seneca Lake, this beautiful winery is open year-round, and is home to a winery, brewery and café, which uses many of our cheeses in their menu items. Look for wine & cheese tastings and wine & beer tastings throughout the year. And make plans for popular summer Friday night music series on their deck!

DISTRIBUTORS


Artisan Foods | 129 Nunda Boulevard, Rochester | 585-739-3049
Hours: 9-5, Monday-Friday
About: One of the top distributors of many Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Cheeses and many other top local foods, Larry Wilcox works tirelessly to make sure many of our fine foods are available throughout the Finger Lakes Region, and nearby areas. If you have a local product you want out in the marketplace, contact Artisan Foods about distribution.


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