Attractions February 09, 2017
You’re Guaranteed To Love A Trip To This Epic Cheese Farm In New York
Recently we wrote about one of our favorite trails to explore in New York, the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail. Bringing you out around Cayuga and Seneca Lake, you’ll find yourself passing a ton of stunning attractions along this route. One of them being? The Lively Run Dairy Farm and Creamery! A perfect addition to this adventure, you’ll want to make a point to take a trip to these particular cheese farm.
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Right in between stops 4 & 5 on
New York's Ultimate Cheese Trail, Lively Run Dairy can be found out in Seneca County.
To be more specific, the farm can be found between Crosswinds Farm & Creamery in Ovid and Kenton's Cheese Company in Trumansburg! If you decide to add this stop onto the Cheese Trail, your driving time won't even change! It's right on the way and the perfect place to visit.
Tucked away in the teensy tiny town of Interlaken, the farm has been creating unforgettable cheese since 1982.
And Lively Run is actually one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in our country!
A farm so charming it's often hard to believe it's real, the Messmer family took over the farm back in 1995 and continues to operate the dairy as a family business.
Arrive to the farm and the fun will begin inside of their quaint cheese shop.
For years the dairy operated using their great tasting goat's milk, but back in 2014 they added three new cow's milk cheeses to their menu.
Lively Run offers Cheese Tastings for just $3 dollars per person, allowing you to get a taste of wide variety of cheeses.
Thinking of bringing along the whole family to enjoy some cheese tastings? Then you'll be glad to hear that children 12 and under are able to enjoy the tastings for free!
Aside from Cheese Tastings, guests can also pick from quite a few different tour options that are offered here.
And you'll be happy to hear that every tour option available to you features cheese tastings.
The Messmer family and the rest of their staff work hard to bring great tasting cheeses to their visitors.
At the farm and creamery, the goats are fed a wholesome diet that creates the most desirable flavors of cheese.
In recent years the farm expanded their Cheese Room, making production easier for their growing business.
Made by hand, these cheeses can be found in numerous locations all around the Finger Lakes.
From wineries to restaurants and bakeries to hotels, to find out all of the locations that carry Lively Run Dairy cheeses, click here.
Another one of our favorite parts of the farm? The gift shop!
Besides all of their deliciously tasting cheeses, visitors can shop for around for hats, shirts, goat's milk soap and much more.
What better way to remember this fantastic adventure than to bring some goodies home with you! You can buy a hat or shirt to wear while you're feasting on your new favorite cheeses or enjoy a huge variety of local goods. The shop has local cured meats, maple syrup, apple butters and jams and plenty of other items.
To view their online shop where you can buy gift baskets, lotions, cheeses and more... click here!
One of our favorite items to take back home with us after a visit to Lively Run? Their famous cheesecakes!
If you've never given your taste buds the pleasure of experiencing a cheesecake that was made with goat's milk, you've been missing out! Fresh and full of flavor, these cheesecakes are the one dessert you never knew you needed. One bite of these will never be enough!
While we'd love to sit around on the farm and do nothing but eat their cheesecakes, there's a barn full of goats that you're going to want to check out.
Take Lively Run's Barn Tour that's offered every day at 2PM and you'll be greeted by a herd of friendly faces!
Eagerly waiting to to jump in your lap and be wrapped up your arms, these intelligent yet mischievous goats might end up being your favorite part of the trip.
Lively Run has a herd of French and Swiss goats, all of which you'll want to claim as your new best friends.
To learn more about Lively Run's Barn Tours where you can visit the goats, click here.
The farm may not be back open until May but there are quite a few ways you can enjoy their cheeses in the mean time.
Later this month on February 25th, the farm will be having a tasting at Cornell Orchards! From 12PM to 3PM, you can come check out this free event and enjoy the goat and cow cheeses brought to you by Lively Run. To find our more information about this tasting and other upcoming events you can enjoy before the farm is back open for the year,
Seasonal Hours (May 1st to October 31st):
Monday through Saturday - 10AM to 5PM & Sunday - 12PM to 5PM
How to get here:
8978 County Road 142 Interlaken, NY 14847
To find out more about Lively Run Dairy, you can view their website by clicking here.
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