5 Stops in the finger Lakes if you like cheese. Plus a chance to learn how to milk a goat by hand Chances are you like to have cheese with your wine, especially in this part of the country given the number of wineries in the finger lakes. You may have heard or know someone that has enjoyed the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail for all the cheese lovers out there. The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House Dates are the best way to enjoy the cheese trail. Here's a look at The Finger Lakes Wine Trail.

# 1. Muranda Cheese Company in Waterloo, New York

This company is conveniently located between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and is 8 miles from the outlets in case someone doesn't like cheese or can't pass up the Waterloo Outlet stores. The company is best known for their Red Buddy cheese that starts out as an aged swiss and finishes as a cheddar.

The Creamery is located in King Ferry, New York near Cayuga Lake and they are the first produces in the western hemisphere to offer an authentic, probiotic kefir cheese. While you visit the farm you'll have the chance to meet the Irish Dexter cows that provide all the milk for their small-batch artisan cheeses.

If you are not a student of fine cheese or you're more like me enjoying different cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella, and some specialty cheeses. they also carry New York products in their farm store like maple syrup and local honey, both products are incredible, and worth the trip by themselves.

Maybe your taste buds lean more to the taste of goat cheese. If that is the case then Side Hill Acres is the farm for you. The farm is located south-east of Cayuga Lake and home to 157 dairy goats which provide milk for goat cheeses, feta, cream cheese, and mozzarella. This is one farm where you can learn how to milk a goat by hand. The farm's gift shop has items made from goat milk like ice cream, soaps, and other beauty aids.

Formerly the Vanillen Diary, the farm is now known as Crosswinds Farm & Creamery is located between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes. Crosswinds offer two different types of cheeses made from the milk of their  Brown Swiss cows. Their Morning Glory cheese is named after one of the cows, is a cross between cream cheese and ricotta. The Alpine swiss named Butternut was a 2014 Gold medal winner at the NewYork State Fair.


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