Saturday, May 29, 2010

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Open House

Now you can not only enjoy sipping wine along the wine trails when coming to the Finger Lakes for a getaway you can now also do some cheese tasting!  About a dozen area dairy farmers decided to tap into the artisan cheese making business. Open house today 10 - 5  Future cheese trail events-

Finger Lakes Cheese Trail dairies holding open house
* Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 10, noon to 4 p.m.
* Saturday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Holiday Cheese Shopping, location to be announced.

CHEESEMAKERS:
* Engelbert's Farm, Nichols, 699-3775, www.engelbertfarms.com
* Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, King Ferry, (315) 364-3581 or www.kefircheese.com
* Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company, Mecklenburg, 387-3108 or www.fingerlakes-cheese.com
* Keeley's Cheese Company, King Ferry, (315) 730-6872, www.keeleyscheeseco.com
* Lively Run Goat Dairy, Interlaken, 532-4647 or www.livelyrun.com
* Muranda Cheese Company, Waterloo, (315) 539-1103 or www.muranda.com
* Northland Sheep Dairy, at Ithaca Farmers' Market only, www.northlandsheepdairy.com
* Side Hill Acres Dairy Goat Farm & Cheese Plant, Candor, 659-4121 or www.sidehillacres.bizland.com
* Sunset View Creamery, Odessa, 594-2095 or www.sunsetviewcreamery.com
* Wake Robin Farm, Jordan, (315) 689-0034, www.wakerobinfarm.org--

For more information, visit:
www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com/cheesetrail.aspx

Friday, May 14, 2010

A Few Days

Although we are native New Yorkers, Mother's Day weekend 2007 my husband Rodney & I came to the Finger Lakes area for the very first time. We came in search of the perfect bed & breakfast. We were on a quest to become innkeepers and had set up appointments to look at 5 different inns in the region, including 10 Fitch.

It was an absolutely gorgeous drive on 20 from Albany. It seemed like every mile we drove beauty was unfolding before us, rolling hills covered in emerald green, sparkling lakes, quaint little villages and towns. The weather that weekend was wonderful, lots of sun and mild temperatures. Our first night we stayed at Yale Manor on Seneca Lake, a beautiful property with lovely owners. The second night we stayed at 10 Fitch. When we walked through the front door I felt like I was coming home! The rest, as they say, is history.

But the whole reason for mentioning the weather that Mother's Day weekend in 07 is because after buying 10 Fitch we heard from several people that there had actually been snow on Mother's Day before! Snow on Mother's Day? We thought they were kdding. Well, ok, so maybe that did occur but it was a fluke....right?



Well, as shown by the photo above of our Koi pond in the back yard, another fluke took place this Mothers Day. But, a few days makes a big difference. Just this morning, 5 days after waking up to snow on the ground, I took took this picture. Maybe spring IS finally here!