PREFERRED PAIRINGS, FEBRUARY 23 or MARCH 9, 2019
This is the Seneca Lake Wine Trail’s series of more intimate, smaller wine and food pairing events. Partnering with the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, Preferred Pairings are a series of two, one day events, February 23rd or March 9th. Ten participating wineries will be matched up with a creamery, offering ticketed attendees 3-4 delicious pairings of regional cheese paired with our members’ wines. This series of events are co-sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance.  Just check in and pick up your gift item at your chosen starting winery then start sampling cheeses paired with delicious award-winning wines. Regular tickets purchased in advance are just $25 per person.

Go to www.Senecalakewine.com/trail-events-tickets 

to purchase your advance sale tickets for just $25!  

(advance tickets are advisable as there may not be tickets at the door)

A number of our members provide Gift Baskets and unique ideas for Christmas Gift giving.  Don't forget to check out their websites when looking for unique gifts for those "who have everything"--except enough cheese!

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Remember, we are small, family run working farms and while we may have published hours, sometimes things come up. 


So for the best trip ever, call the farms before visiting. And always to dress comfortably with good walking shoes or sneakers. Heels are a really bad plan on a farm.

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HOLIDAY OFFERINGS FROM OUR MEMBERS

We are proud to have Stewart's Family Farm of Hornell NY join the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance, and just in time for the Finger Lakes Cheese Festival!


The Stewart family has run their dairy for over twenty years, operating purely on family labor. Now that the four kids are grown up they are branching out and diversifying to include Maple Syrup production, dairy goats, homespun and knit wool, and a CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture. Their newest expansion is cheese, and they're bringing their Chevre style soft cheeses to the festival. 


https://www.facebook.com/stewartsfamilyfarm

FEATURED CHEESE RECIPE:
Roasted cauliflower broccoli stuffed potatoes with cheesy butternut sauce

yield: makes 6 potatoes

Ingredients:
6 yukon gold or butter potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups cauliflower florets
2 cups broccoli florets
4 green onions, thinly sliced

Cheesy butternut sauce
2 cups cubed butternut squash
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ cup whole milk
12 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

Directions: Cheesy butternut sauce
​Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the squash cubes. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the squash is fork tender and soft enough to be pureed. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper. Transfer it to a blender or a food processor, add the garlic and blend until totally smooth.

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the milk. Cook until the milk is warm and bubbles appear around the edges, then whisk in the pureed squash. Heat again until warm, just a few minutes. Toss the grated cheese with the cornstarch until the cheese shreds are coated. Reduce the heat until the milk to low add in small handfuls of cheese, stirring until completely melted. Repeat with remaining cheese. Have patience! Stir in very small amounts of cheese slowly so it melts evenly and doesn't get gritty and separate. If it does become too thick, whisk in a few teaspoons of milk.


VISITING OUR FARMS

Want to head out to the farm? First, check Our Members page for farm hours. They differ from farm to farm! Then use our GOOGLE MAP to get around. Save it right to your Smart Phone for door to door directions.


FALL/WINTER HOURS
While many of our farms keep the same hours year round, some of our destination farms reduce their hours or even close for the off season. Check our Hours Page for the most current hours for each farm. And remember, it's not a bad idea to call first, because these are small, family farms and sometimes emergencies do come up.


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WE ACCEPT ASSOCIATE MEMBERS IN THE CHEESE ALLIANCE

Do you love the Cheese Alliance? Does your business use or support the Alliance? Do you just love our cheese? Then, for $100 your business could be an Associate Member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance! 


For your membership, you get mentioned and promoted on our site and Facebook, with a link. And you are a preferred vendor when people ask. In addition, we will carry your literature in our shops and farms.

Email us at flxcheesealliance@gmail.com for an application and more details. 
Or just download the app here and mail it back to us!


​ASSOCIATE MEMBER APPLICATION


The wonderful supporters of the FLX Cheese Alliance are located in the heart of wine and cheese country, and perfect places to stay, eat and play while you're visiting here in the Finger Lakes. Please check them out and show them some love!


For a full list of and details on our current Associate Members, just go to our
Associate Members page!