Lively Run Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in New York in 1982 and pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. Their Cayuga Blue was awarded first place in its class at the American Cheese Society Cheese Contest in 2017.
We are a family-owned and operated creamery located in the Finger Lakes Region of NY. Steve and Susanne Messmer, and their two sons, Pete and Dave Messmer, own Lively Run Dairy.
The Messmer family, took over operations in 1995, after Steve Messmer was discharged from military service and brought his family back from Europe in the early 1990s. Susanne took over herd management and cheese making of the operation in 1995, while Steve did morning milkings and all hay making/purchasing and barn cleaning and maintenance. The sons Pete and Dave helped from the beginning, being 6 and 7 years old. Later the boys took over morning and evening farm chores.
From a fairly young age, Pete and Dave Messmer have been engulfed in the family farm and cheese making lifestyle. Throughout the years, Steve and Susanne have taught their sons everything they knew about cheese, the cheese making process, and business ownership.
The entire team at Lively Run Dairy works to continue the mission of crafting delectable artisan cheese inspired by the historic Finger Lakes food culture in a way that honors people, animals, and the land. We aim to empower our employees, customers, partners, and the greater community to live healthier, happier lives.
Blue Yonder is a cow’s milk blue cheese. Both subtle and complex, this creamy cheese is very approachable. While the rich Holstein milk from which it is made gives the paste lovely yellow tones, it is marbled throughout with pockets and veins of deep blue.
Lake Effect Cheddar is made from extremely fresh (the cheese is usually made the day of milking) local raw cow's milk. Lake Effect Cheddar is typically aged for 6 months and exhibits a nice blend of traditional cheddar "sharpness" as well as a pleasing nuttiness that is rare in American Cheddars. This cheese is ideal for either a cheeseboard or…
*6 month* Finger Lakes Gold is a hard cheese made from pasteurized goat's milk cheese. Aged for at least 6 months, it is characterized by a beautiful yellow-gold rind and a white, firm but creamy paste. Finger Lakes Gold is both milky & nutty, a mellow cheese that is perfectly at home on a cheeseboard as well as the kitchen.