The new organization consists of more than a dozen cheese houses, and its first major attention-getting activity is the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Tour.
"What goes more naturally with wine than cheese?" says Larry Wilcox, an organizer of the tour. "New York’s dairy farmers produce very good quality and quantity. You pair those cheeses with the food and wine of the region, and it’s really wonderful.”\"
Each stop will offer visitors free samples of the house specialties, such as Gouda, goat’s milk, Colby, cheese curds and more, plus tours of the facilities and, in some cases, a chance to see cheesemaking in action.
Tours are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 9, and noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Ooctober 10. The Trail also has scheduled a holiday shopping event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 11.
Participating farms are:
- Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, 5491 Bergen Road, off State Route 79, Mecklenberg. (607) 387-3108.
- Keeley’s Cheese Company, 539 Route 34B, King Ferry. (315) 730-6872.
- Finger Lakes Dexter Cheese Creamery, 1853 Black Rock Road, King Ferry. (315) 364-3581.
- Muranda Cheese, 3075 Route 96S, Waterloo. (315) 539-1103.
- Lively Run Goat Dairy, 8878 County Road 142, Interlaken. (607) 532-4647.
- Northland Sheep Dairy, cheese sold only at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market. (607) 849-4442.
- Sidehill Acres Goat Farm, 79 Spencer Road (Route 96), Candor. (607) 659-4121.
- Engelbert Farms, 192 Sunnyside Road, Nichols. (607) 699-3775.
- Wake Robin Farm, 125 Brutus Road, Jordan. (315) 689-0034.
- Sunset View Creamery, 4970 County Road 14, Odessa. (607) 594-2095.
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