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Finger Lakes Cheese Trail tweaks categories

Rochester Business Journal
May 6, 2014

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail has announced changes to its trail structure in time for the inaugural Trail-wide Open House on June 7.

Under the new changes, farms fall into one of two categories: destination farms (those with a farm store on premises and open to visitors year-round) and non-destination farms (open year-round but without a farm store on site).

“We changed our structure a little bit this year to make it easier for visitors to understand which farms are open (to visitors) and which ones aren't,” said Lisa Engelbert, who with her husband runs Engelbert Farms, a Trail member destination farm. “Now we have eight farms who've committed to having hours all year so people can feel confident when they head out on the Trail.”

The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is made up of 13 family dairies. A variety of artisan cheeses, including cheddars, goudas, chevres, brie, Swiss and jacks, along with popular cheese curds are offered along the Trail.

Two members are returning this year: Side Hill Acres Goat Farm in Candor is categorized as a destination farm, and 4 Tin Fish Farm in Conquest is a non-destination farm.

The Trail’s new member is Heaven Scent Farm in Cohocton, which produces artisanal jack cheese.

Destination Farms are 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; and Sunset View Creamery, Odessa.

Non-Destination Farms are 4 Tin Fish Farm, Conquest; Heaven Scent Farm, Cohocton; Keeley’s Cheese Co., King Ferry; Kenton’s Cheese Co., Trumansburg; and Vanillen Dairy, Ovid.

For details, visit www.flcheesetrail.com.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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