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On the Trail of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail

I went on tour of a few local cheese places as part of the "Finger Lakes Cheese Trail" Really, we only saw a few places as there are a ton of them in the area. But that was OK.

The trail went cold at the first place where we stopped; I guess that dairy was getting out of the cheese business. But then we picked up the trail and visited 3 other places. The best was the Lively Run Dairly, where we got a full tour. They make all forms of goat cheese, blue cheese, and blue goat cheese, none of which I like in any way, but it was a cool place and I feel like I should like their products, since they're definitely into cheese and goats.

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The first stop (that was open) was Keeley's Cheese Company.

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They had samples of Across the Pond...

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...and a reserve versino of Across the Pond. Both were good.

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And here's a bucket for the used toothpicks.

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Chickens in the yard.

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A 3 day old cow (OK, a calf, whatever). The bit of straw on the bottom is the...(more)

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The calf was in a very flimsy cage, but it wasn't interested in going anywhere.

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Another close up of the calf.

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Then we stopped at the Ithaca Farmer's Market for lunch.

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After that we went to the Livey Run Dairy and got a full tour.

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First off were the kids.

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It turns out the goats enjoy supplementing their diet with bucket handles (and...(more)

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A goat.

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And another goat. They're all hand-raised, so they're very socialized and...(more)

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The farm has one buck (male). Every two years, they sell the buck to another...(more)

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Our tour guide, Pete, talks about goats. The expression on his face was...(more)

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Then we got to see how the cheese is made. First off was the feta.

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A loaf (cube? block?) of what will eventually be goat feta.

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Then some wheels of blue cheese. This was actually cow-milk-based, made from...(more)

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Another view of the cow-milk blue cheese wheels.

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Goat-milk blue cheese wheels. The blue from the mold can be seen on the bottom...(more)

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More blue cheese wheels.

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Then to the aging room where the cheeses spend a couple months ripening.

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More cheese ripening in the aging room

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More aging room.

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The aging room was filled with cheese, in racks and on shelves all along the...(more)

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Another view of the shelves along the walls of the aging room...(more)


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The milking area was originally made for cows, as it used to be a cow farm...(more)





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