12 FL Cheese Trail Creameries Participate in Open House
Finger Lakes Cheese Trail One-Day Fall Open House
Saturday, October 11 of Columbus Day Weekend
Many new things to do and try during this daylong annual event
hosted largely at member farms.
The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is pleased to announce their popular Fall Open House is coming up on Columbus Day Weekend. The one-day Fall Open House is slated for Saturday October 11, from 10:00am-5:00pm. Twelve of the 13 Trail members will be participating, with many opening up their farms to cheese lovers that Saturday. There will be many new events and activities at the individual farms for the Open House, and trail-wide visitors are encouraged to play Cheese Trail Bingo as they visit the farms for a chance to win a holiday cheeseboard.
At Sunset View Creamery in Odessa, in addition to cheese tastings, farm matriarch and head cheesemaker, Carmella Hoffman, will be creating specialty cheese dishes featuring local chef, Chef William Cornelius’s, sauces. They will also offer self-guided farm tours and have a kids’ activities area.
Thanks to a new collaboration with the Finger Lakes Cider Alliance, there will be an opportunity to try cheese and hard cider pairings as part of their annual Cider Week FLX activities. Eve’s Cidery will be at Engelbert Farms in Nichols for hard cider & cheese pairings. Black Duck Cidery will be at Crosswinds Farm & Creamery (formerly Vanillen Dairy) in Ovid for hard cider & cheese pairings. And the newest Cheese Trail member, Heaven Scent Farm, will be at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates in Geneva, pairing their jacks with Three Brothers’ Hard Cider.
Some of the farms will be going all out to celebrate fall and family. Dutch Hill Creamery in Chenango Forks will will have a petting zoo, animal feedings, activities for kids, pumpkins, corn stalks, Indian corn and yogurt, cheese & milk tastings. Taking it even a step further, Sidehill Acres Goat Farm in Candor will actually be hosting the Candor Fall Festival (9:00am-6:00pm) with regular cider & donuts, pumpkin carving, wine & cheese pairings, raffles, lots of kids activities and vendors.
The 9 Creameries that will be hosting the Open Houses on their farms are:
Crosswinds Farm & Dairy, Ovid
Dutch Hill Creamery, Chenango Forks
Engelbert Farms, Nichols
Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry
Jerry Dell Farm & Store. Freeville
Muranda Cheese Co., Waterloo
Shtayburne Farm, Rock Stream*
Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, Candor
Sunset View Creamery, Odessa
3 Creameries will be participating off site:
Heaven Scent Farm, at Three Brothers Wineries and Estates in Geneva
Keeley’s Cheese Co., at the Ithaca Farmers Market (9:00am-3:00pm)
Kenton’s Cheese Co., at the Ithaca Farmers Market (9:00am-3:00pm)
The key to making the Open House enjoyable is pre-planning a route. Trail reps remind people they cannot do the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail in a single day. They advise going to the website, looking at the Trail’s interactive Google map, and planning a route by grouping four or five creameries together for the day. Then add in a few places to stop along the way for food, like Kirtons Farm Market in Hector or Crystal Lake Café at Americana Vineyards in Interlaken. For people with smart phones, simply bookmark the map on your phone for step by step driving directions as you go.
“The Cheese Trail is definitely not like a Wine Trail,” points out Jeremy Sherman, of Jerry Dell Farm & Store in Freeville. “You don’t pull out of one driveway and into another. It can be a good 20 or 30 minutes between farms. You are truly touring. So plan on enjoying some leaf peeping and maybe making a few stops in between and you’ll have a nice day against the backdrop of beautiful fall foliage in the Finger Lakes.”