Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Adventure

April 10, 2011 at 7:30 am 2 comments

Did you think I meant to say “wine trail?” No whey! Cheese farms are popping up all over the Finger Lakes. We’re took a special trip to ride some of the trail, meet the cheese makers, and try as much as possible!

This video is a visit into the “Cheese Cave” at The Muranda Cheese Company. Tom Murray is the dairy expert and our tour guide. In my next blog post Tom will tell us ALL about dairy production, million dollar cows and why he makes some of the world’s finest cheese.

Below is a listing of all the members of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail:

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“Finger Lakes Cheese Makers use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make several artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more.   Many of the operations invite the public to come right to the farm, and see how the cheese is made. Check their Web sites for hours, as many are seasonal, and some only sell at farmers markets.


Visit them at an upcoming open house in 2011… May 28, July 9, October 8-9, or November 19! Visit them anytime between 10-5 p.m. to receive farm tours, talk with the cheese makers, and taste cheese samples… all at no cost. Bon appetite!

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail listings:

Finger lakes cheese trail

Inside the Cheese cave at Muranda

Sunset View Creamery

The Hoffman Dairy in Odessa, is a 5th generation operation. Carmella Hoffman and family have been crafting Cheddars, Monterey Jack Style Cheeses and Fresh Cheese Curds for nearly six years, using pasteurized milk from the family dairy.

Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Co

Nancy Richards has been crafting cheeses, made from raw cow’s milk, belonging to Nancy’s family – Taber Hill Farms in Mecklenburg.

Shtayburne Farm

An old-fashioned working dairy farm that produces the purest, nature kissed, and most flavorful cheese. Their dairy farmers hand-craft their country cow milk into 15 blends of cheese for retail consumption. Stop by their on-site retail shop to buy cheese blocks, curds, and bars, along with a variety of attractive gift and sampler packages.

Hillcrest Dairy

A small, family run dairy in Moravia, New York. Their cows are pasture raised and their milk is minimally processed. On the farm, they produce several cheese, milk, and butter products, and offer tours by appointment.

Keeley’s Cheese Co

A new venture, Keeley McGarr is producing cheeses on her family’s dairy farm in King Ferry, on the East side of Cayuga Lake.

Finger Lakes Dexter Cheese Creamery

Rose Marie Belforti is the first and only producer in the western hemisphere to offer an authentic, probiotic kefir cheese from raw milk from grass-fed Dexter cows in King Ferry.

Muranda Cheese

The Muranda Cheese Company created by the Murrays in Waterloo is producing cheddar from raw cow’s milk.

Lively Run Goat Dairy

One of the first commercial goat dairy operations in New York State, beginning production in 1982 and located in Interlaken. Chevre, made in the traditional French style, Feta, and a goat blue cheese are available.

Side Hill Acres Goat Farm

Russell and Rita Kellogg established a goat dairy in 1982 in Candor. In 1994 they started a goat cheese processing plant and produce premium quality hand crafted goat cheeses and milk products.

Engelbert Farms

Owned and operated by Lisa and Kevin Engelbert, it is a certified organic farm raising dairy, beef, veal, and pork on their 600 acre farm in Nichols, NY on the Pennsylvania border. The farm’s milk is being made into 16 varieties of cheddar, gouda, swiss, jack and mozzarella cheeses, sold via their new farm store and at a few retail outlets near the farm.

Cowlick Farm

Committed to fresh, local dairy products, this working farm exclusively features Creamline Jersey cow milk in all of their dairy products. Their unique shop offers a variety of uniquely blended aged cheese, Farmstead cheeses, and fresh Gelato. Stop in to taste their pure farm-fresh products and meet their happy cows – they even sleep on waterbeds!

4 Tin Fish Farm

4 Tin Fish Farm is a family owned and operated micro goat dairy located in Central New York. The farm initially started out as a hobby, but as our passion grew we began to shift our thinking as to how we might make it profitable doing what we love. Our goal is to provide farmstead cheese to local customers and raise quality Alpine dairy goats.

Snofarm Dairy

On Snofarm, the main goal is the health, well being, and quality of life of the employees, owners, livestock, fields, and forests. We manage our resources to achieve these goals. We make our money by selling quality milk from a healthy dairy herd fed feed produced in a sound ecological way.”

Next week:   ALL about dairy production, million dollar cows and how to make the world’s finest cheese.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charlie  |  April 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Visiting Muranda Farm and talking with Tom was one of the most interesting things I’ve ever done in the Finger Lake region, and the cheese is so good.

  • 2. thejoyofcaking  |  April 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve been to Muranda Farm and Side Hill Acres to sample. Had a great time visiting both. Love to sample! I wrote a post on my blog about our visit to Side Hill Acres – check it out at


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