Welcome Cheese Lovers!

EARLY SPRING CHEESE BITES

PREFERRED PAIRINGS TICKETS NOW ON SALE!

Tickets for the 3rd Annual Preferred Pairings, our series of intimate wine & cheese pairings with the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, are now on sale on through the Wine Trail's Website. The series takes place one Saturday in February, Mary and May from 10a-5p. Each month a group of 10 wineries works one on one with our cheese makers to create 3-5 unique pairings each. Tickets are $20 a person in advance and entitle you to all the pre-arranged pairings at that month's participating wineries. You can buy tickets for one month, or get tickets for all three!

Click the dates below to get your tickets for that date.

February 28
March 21
May 16

2015 SERIES TASTING NOTES NOW AVAILABLE

This year for Preferred Pairings, each winery/creamery team prepared a Tasting Note Card for attendees, to make it easy to identify the wine and cheese pairings -- whether they wanted to buy the pairing then or later this year as they tour the wineries and the creameries. For your convenience, each month's set of cards is now available in pdf form online after the event is over:

February 2015 Tasting Note Card Set
feb2015set.pdf
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March 2015 Tasting Note Card Set
march2015set.pdf
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May 2015 Tasting Note Card Set
(not yet available)


SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH IS THE FIRST EVER
RAW MILK CHEESE APPRECIATION DAY!


It's the first ever Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day, and many of us make raw milk cheeses. Here's what those farms are doing in observance of Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day on April 18:

Muranda Cheese Co. in Waterloo: 
FREE tastings of 15 varieties of raw milk cheeses
(normally $2 for a tasting)

Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery (at the Ithaca Farmers Market):
$1.00 off a block of raw milk cheese

Jerry Dell Farm Store in Freeville:
10% off all raw milk cheese purchases

Engelbert Farms in Nichols:
Raw milk, organic cheese tastings at store, and $1.00 off 8-ounce blocks

Sunset View Creamery in Odessa:
10% off all raw milk cheeses at store


EARLY SPRING HOURS

While many of our farms keep the same hours year round, some of our farms change their hours with the season. Check our Hours page for the most current hours.

Sunset View Creamery's farm store opens for the year on Saturday, April 4, and then they'll be open on Saturdays through late May. They open full time (7 days a week) for the season on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend (May 23).

Jerry Dell Farm Store will be open Saturdays only 10-4 through Mid May. You can also call for an appointment or check in by chance, but it's better to call ahead. Mid May, their Summer Hours kick in: Thursday-Saturday, 9a-7p. 


SPRING & SUMMER FARM MARKETS

The ITHACA FARMERS MARKET runs five days a week and you'll find many of our farms there one day or another!

On Saturdays at Steamboat Landing from 9a-3p from April through October, you'll find 
Finger Lakes Dexter CreameryKenton's Cheese CompanyKeeley's Cheese Company and Crosswinds Dairy & Creamery.
 
On Sundays also at Steamboat Landing from 10a-3p from May through October, Keeley's and Kenton's and Crosswinds
 will be there all season!


At the end of April, the popular WINDMILL in Penn Yann re-opens for the season! On Saturdays from April 25-December 12, from 8a-4p, you'll find Shtayburne Farm there!


The TRUMANSBURG FARMERS MARKET runs on Wednesdays from 4-7p from May 13 through October. You will find Kenton's Cheese Co. there each week!

The CORNING FARMERS MARKET opens June 4th at Riverfront Centennial Park in the Gaffer District and runs from 10-3 every Thursday for the season which ends in at the end of October. You will find Heaven Scent Farm there!

Also opening in June is the HAMMONDSPORT FARMERS MARKET which runs Tuesdays and Saturdays 9-5, from Mid June through Mid October in Hammondsport's Liberty Street Park. Heaven Scent Farm will also be there on Saturdays!  

As our farms sign up for other markets, we'll let you know!

SPECIAL MARKETS

Va Va Bloom
Dickman Farms

13 Archie Street, Auburn
Saturday 4.11: 9-5
Sunday 4.12:10-5
Participating Farms:
Keeley's Cheese Co., Muranda Cheese Co. Crosswinds Farm & Creamery, and (Sunday only) 4 Tin Fish Farm 

AGstravaganza!
The Shops at Ithaca Mall 
(Dick's Sporting Goods Entrance)
40 Catherwood Road, Ithaca
April 11: 10a-3p
Participating Farms:
Kenton's Cheese Co., Sunset View Creamery, Shtayburne Farm, Engelbert Farms


Hobart & William Smith Farm Market
April 24: 10a-2p
Participating Farms:
Muranda Cheese Co.







WE ARE ACCEPTING ASSOCIATE MEMBERS TO THE TRAIL

Do you love the Cheese Trail? Does your business use or support the Trail? Do you just love our cheese?
Then, for $100 you could be an associate member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail! 
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 flxcheesetrail@gmail.com for an application and more details. 
Or just download the app here and mail it back to us!

FLCT Associate Membership application 2015 .pdf
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Please welcome our newest Associate Members:



Villa Bellangelo
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,
go to our About Our Members page and scroll down!


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OUT AND ABOUT

Our farms often do tasting events and off-sites around the Region.
Please check our calendar of events for other off-farm appearances!

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FEATURED CHEESE RECIPE:

QUICHE ALA KEELEY
KEELEY MCGARR O'BRIEN, KEELEY'S CHEESE CO.

Here's a great day starter or light dinner!
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes


INGREDIENTS:
1 round pie crust (use a store bought or make your own)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
8 oz lean bacon, cut into small pieces
8 oz Keeley’s Across the Pond Cheese
4 eggs
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 cup crème fraiche (or substitute 1 cup whipping cream)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper


DIRECTIONS:
Begin by blind baking the quiche crust.
Fit the pie crust to a 9 or 10 inch quiche pan and prick it about 20 times with the tines of a fork.
Place the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes while the oven preheats to 400°F.
Bake the frozen crust for 10 minutes, then remove it from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile heat the olive oil on medium heat and add the onion.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens some - about five minutes.
Add the bacon and continue to cook until the bacon is cooked through. Remove from heat.

Whisk together the eggs, white wine, crème fraîche (or whipping cream), cumin and salt and pepper.

Cut the cheese in about 30 pieces.
Distribute the cheese and bacon bits evenly onto the cooled crust.
Pour the egg mixture on top and bake at 325°F for 40 minutes.

Makes 6 to 8 pieces of quiche.
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GOOGLE MAP IS UP
Our new interactive MAP is up with directions and products!

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Our farms are currently on winter hours.
So please check our HOURS page for everyone's hours before you go.

And remember, our cheeses are available at many stores and markets,
so you'll be able to get your favorite cheeses for your festivities!
Check the WHERE TO FIND US page for the stores near you.

Starting to plan your 2013 farm & food tours? Put our Trail Events on your schedule now!

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PLEASE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION
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  Each of our farms are WORKING FARMS
and may have to make changes to their plans at the last minute. 
Also remember that most of the farms have dirt driveways and,
depending on the weather, may have mud or dust or even snow! 
We suggest that you come to the farm in
comfortable footwear (not high heels) and jeans or slacks.

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The information on this site is changed to reflect the most current data -- be sure to check back often! 

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