If you are looking to try some truly delicious, high quality cheeses and ice cream flavors while you are visiting the Finger Lake region of New York, you will want to stop by the Shtayburne Farm. They are located off of Seneca Lake at 2909 Chase Road, Rock Stream, NY 14878. If you are in Watkins Glen, it is only about a ten minute drive following the west side of the lake.
While my husband and I were on our hiking adventures in Watkins Glen, we knew that in between exploring the gorgeous outdoor places, it would be really neat to check out a local farm that had cheese tastings. We discovered all that and more when we visited the Shtayburne Farm and Creamery.
When we arrived at the farm, we were really impressed at how nicely it was decorated for the season. (We traveled up to this area from Philadelphia in the middle of October.) Also, the young lady working there was really friendly and helped us pick out a nice selection of cheese and ice cream for our tasting. They had a great variety of aged cheddars, flavored cheddars, Monterey Jacks, and even a selection of cheddar curds. There was a wonderful list of flavors to choose from with their ice cream options as well. (This was definitely an exciting surprise that you could mix samples of the ice cream in addition to the cheeses with the tasting.)
We ended up sampling the dill cheddar curds, cracked pepper and mushroom curds, chipotle curds, mild aged cheddar, sharp aged cheddar, smoked bacon cheddar, horseradish cheddar, and cranberry Monterey Jack cheese. With the ice cream flavors, we ended up trying the peanut butter explosion, toasted kettle corn, s’mores, and the peach cobbler. We really loved all the delicious cheeses and ice creams, and I even found a new favorite flavor of ice cream with the peach cobbler, it was so good!
If you are interested in supporting a local business in the Finger Lakes, the Shtayburne Farm is a family owned and operated dairy. Generations of their family have been in this profession for years, and in 2010 their family decided to expand and include a cheese processing facility and farm store. In this manner, they can offer high-quality cheeses to their customers directly from the farm. Also, all of their cheeses are processed and packaged by hand in small batches. They do offer a variety of tours where you can even visit with their cows, which is so cool! (Make sure that you check out their website for more information on how to book tours, which I have linked at the bottom of this post.)
If you are traveling to Seneca Lake, you will want to check out this amazing farm. This would be a delightful place to visit for people of all ages, and a great day trip spot for a family. Let me know in the comments if you have stopped by this farm as well, and what your favorite cheese or ice cream flavor from your visit was. I hope that you are having a wonderful day, and remember to click the like and subscribe button!
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