Say Cheese: Finger Lakes Cheese Trail


Cheese Trail Open House

Tour farms. See a cow get a “pedicure.” Milk goats and play with the “kids.” Sample artisan cheeses.

These activities are among the perks of participating in Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open Houses. The first Open House of the season is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at 11 member creameries on the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.

A few members of the trail will not be at their farms for the Open House, but will be participating at other locations. New member Heaven Scent Cheese, of Cohocton, will be sampling at Lakewood Vineyards, Route 14, Watkins Glen. Kenton’s Cheese Company, Trumansburg, will be at the Ithaca Farmers Market that day.

The nine creameries that will be hosting Open Houses on their farms are:

Dutch Hill Creamery, Chenango Forks
Engelbert Farms, Nichols
Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry
Jerry Dell Farm and Store, Freeville
Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo
Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream
Side Hill Acres Goat DairyCandor
Sunset View Creamery, Odessa
Vanillen Dairy (new name: Crosswinds Farm and Creamery), Ovid

Two creameries are NOT participating in the spring and fall open houses:

Keeley’s Cheese Company, King Ferry
4 Tin Fish Farm, Conquest

Carol Fingar, spokeswoman for the cheese trail, notes that trail members are scattered throughout the Finger Lakes region and suggests visiting the trail website to plan a route, with stops along the way for food. For more information and a map, visit HERE 


Save the Date: The other major event the trail hosts is the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Sunset View Creamery, Odessa (near Watkins Glen).
Margaret McCormick blogs about food at Follow her on Twitter at @mmccormickcny. Email her at [email protected].
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