The wonderful world of cheese procurement has introduced us to some of the most interesting and talented people all over world. Our love of all things cheese combined with an eagerness to try new things has helped us bring the best cheeses from all over the globe right to your local markets.
We would be remiss to not import some of the greatest cheeses known to man, but we are passionate about trying to bring more exposure to our local cheesemaking talent. The Finger Lakes Region has amazing cheeses and we want to get the word out! Below are some NY state cheesemakers who should definitely be on your radar!
The “GOAT” of all goat cheeses!
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.
They 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 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.
Chaseholm Farm Creamery; makers of small batch, artisanal cheese. The Creamery is located on the multi-generational Chaseholm Farm, just outside of Pine Plains, NY. The Creamery is one of only a handful of Farmstead outfits producing cow’s milk cheese from their farm’s own herd, in the state of New York.
They are a grass-based dairy farm nestled in a 350-acre patchwork of pastures, crop land, woods and waterways. Chaseholm Farm continues today as a sibling effort in agriculture; Sarah Chase manages the grazing and farm lands, as well as a motley crew of Holsteins, Jerseys and a few Brown Swiss, while Rory turns that milk into delicious Farmstead cheeses at the Creamery.