Mozzarella! Cheddars! Washed Rind Stinkies! Chevre! Blues! Fresh Curds! You'll find it all along our Trail! Visit our Destination Farms throughout the year (find their hours on our Hours Page, and directions on our Map Page). And catch up with our Non-Destination Farms during Open Houses, the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival and other Trail and offsite events!
Download our 2014 Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Brochure
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.
Certified Organic Cheddars, Feta,Goudas, Beer-Brine Moochego & MooVache (spreadable cow milk cheese)
Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, LLC | www.kefircheese.com
At Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, LLC, they practice the tradition of kefir culture. They are pleased to introduce an artisanal, farmstead kefir cheese, cultured with living kefir grains and handcrafted with the creamy raw milk from their grass fed and pastured Irish Dexter cows.
Handcrafted artisanal, farmstead raw milk kefir cheese, cultured with authentic living kefir grains.
Jerry 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, they 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.
Jerry Dell Farm Raw Milk Cheddar: A smooth, velvety texture organic raw milk cheese. Great for macaroni and cheese.
Muranda Cheese Co. | www.murandacheese.com
The Muranda Cheese Company 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.
15 Varieties of Cheddar-based artisan cheeses including: Colby, Asiago/Provolone, British Raw Milk Cheddar, Horseradish, Crazy Charlie, Fiesta, Checkerboard, Scallion Onion Bacon, British Garlic Cheddar Cheese, their best seller Red Buddy, a Swiss/Cheddar blend, and now their new Blue.
Shtayburne Farms | www.shtayburnefarm.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.
Cheddar Curds: Plain, Roasted Garlic, Tomato Basil, Blazin Buffalo Wing
Cheddars: Mild to Sharp, Chilipepper, Sharp, Smoked, Horseradish
Monterey Jack Style: Flavors include Jalapeno, Peppercorn, Italian Herb, Garlic & Herb, Blueberry
Side Hill Acres Goat Farm | sidehillacres.com
Side Hill Acres Goat Farm is located in picturesque Candor, a short, scenic drive from Ithaca or Binghamton. Since 1987 Russell and Rita Kellog have been an established goat dairy. In 1994, they also became a goat cheese processing plant. As a family-operated goat dairy, they are committed to maintaining herd health as well as premium quality hand-crafted goat milk products. Tour the farm and go into the goat barn which contains 138 head of dairy goats. Mingle with the goats and learn how to milk a goat by hand! Tour the cheese plant and learn how their cheese is made. Taste their award-winning cheeses and cheese products. Shop their farm store for their cheeses and a wide variety of other local, artisan foods including fudge, gluten-free and organic foods, herbs, bulk foods, honey, maple syrup and more. They're open year round, nearly every day of the week!
Milks: Grade A Pasteurized Goat Milk and Raw Goat Milk (at farm only)
Goat Cheese: Goat Cheese Logs: plain & herbed; Feta Logs, Raw Goat Milk Cheddar; Goat Cheese Pinwheels; Crumbled Feta: plain, herbed, and sun dried tomato
Other Goat Milk Products: Cream Cheese, Cheese Spreads, Kefir Goat Cheese, and Yogurt
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.
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
4 Tin Fish Farm | www.4tinfishfarm.com
4 Tin Fish Farm, located in Conquest and just a short trip from Syracuse, is a family owned and operated micro goat dairy. The farm initially started out as a hobby, but as their passion grew, they began to shift their thinking as to how they might bring what they love to the public. Their goal is to provide farmstead cheese to local customers and raise quality Alpine dairy goats. Their cheeses are currently available at a select area retailers and farm markets including Bet the Farm Gourmet Food Market in Aurora, but with a week or so's notice, they will be happy to welcome you on their farm.
Plain & Flavored Chevre, Feta, Goats Milk
Heaven Scent Farm
Heaven Scent Farm is our furthest West farm, located in Cohocton, operated by Jerald Stewart, making flavored and plain Jacks. While the farm is a non-destination farm, meaning there are no visitations at the farm, they do have a seasonal roadstand in Cohocton where you can pick up their cheeses from May through October, in addition to several Finger Lakes Wineries and the Corning Summer & Winter Markets.
Heavenly Jack, Devilish Jack, Dill-licious Jack
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.
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.
Maura: A semi-soft, washed-rind Irish style cheese.
SELF SERVE CHEESE COOLER ON PREMISES.
Kenton's Cheese Co. | kentonscheeseco.com
Kenton's Cheese Co. is located in Trumansburg and is part of Burr-Ayr Dairy, a 6th generation dairy. This new addition to the trail brings brie and swiss! While there is no farm store on site, you can find their cheeses in many markets and wineries throughout the Finger Lakes. And you can visit the farm during Open Houses.
Cheeses: Bianco, a brie-style soft cheese.
Pauline: Pauline: a Swiss Emmentaler
Crosswinds Farm & Creamery | www.crosswindsfarmcreamery.com
Crosswinds Farm & Creamery is located in Ovid, and can be identified easily by their white, hoop-style barn which 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).
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.
SELF-SERVE CHEESE COOLER ON PREMISES.
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 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!
A Stone's Throw Bed & Breakfast | 3509 West Avenue, Interlaken | 607-294-4013
Hours: April 24-Dec 6
About: Our newest Associate Member is a casually elegant B&B located in the quaint town of Interlaken which literally sits between the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. They serve an authentic farm to table breakfast each morning, and are considered a great place to refresh for your travels through the Finger Lakes.
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.
Curly's Family Restaurant | 780 State Rte 14, Montour Falls | 607-535-4383
Hours: 7a-8p, 7 days a week
About: Started by his Mom & Pop in 1955, Curly is the second generation of the family to run this Watkins Glen area staple. Know for it's warm service and great home cooking, Curly's is a favorite of locals and wonderful discovery for travelers to the region! Come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner always prepared from scratch!
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.
Weaver-View Farms | 386 State Route 14, Penn Yan | 315-781-2571
Hours: 9-5, Mon-Sat (Closed Sunday)
About: This is a traditional Amish country store and dairy located on the west shore of Seneca Lake. The store, located in a refurbished barn carries many of our cheeses along with other dairy products, homemade jams, jellies, fudge, baked goods and honey. You can also find a great selection of Amish furniture and quilts. And be sure to ask about their summer vacation rental: a beautiful farmhouse overlooking the lake!
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.
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.
Standing Stone Vineyards | State Route 414, Hector | 607-582-6051
Hours: Sun-Fri 11-5. Sat 11-6, year round.
About: Standing Stone is a vineyard based farm winery producing elegant, food-friendly wines based on well established vinifera. Located on the east side of Seneca Lake, the tasting room is large and spacious with spectacular views of the lake, making it a great stop for an informative wine tasting, a little locavore shopping, or a place to sit back and relax with a bottle of wine at the picnic tables out back overlooking the lake.
Stever Hill Vineyards | 3962 Stever Hill Road, Branchport | 315-595-2230
Hours: 10-5 daily.
About: The Tones family has been growing grapes in the Finger Lakes for 5 generations, supplying grapes for juice and wine to many wineries. Now, as the new owners of Stever Hill Vineyards, they own a winery on beautiful Keuka Lake themselves and are big supporters of other local businesses as well. Come try their wines in their beautifully renovated tasting room, and pick up some of the cheeses from the trail in their wonderful wine shop.
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!
Villa Bellangelo | 150 Poplar Point Road, Dundee | 607-243-8602
Hours: Daily 10-5
About: Located on the west side of Seneca Lake, Villa Bellangelo's beautifully remodeled tasting room offers guests stunning panoramic views of the lake. The winery's vineyards are the oldest in Yates county and allows them to craft dry vinifera wines as well as their signature sparkling Moscato. The winery also offers a line of sweet blends under the Scooter wine label.