Lively Run Dairy Finger Lakes Gold
- Vegetarian Rennet
- Age: 4 Months
- Goat Milk
- by Lively Run Dairy
- United States
Lively Run Dairy has been a pioneer in American goat cheese since 1982. Over the decades, they’ve perfected the craft of goat’s milk wheels like Finger Lakes Gold, a firm, nutty cheese with a touch of sweetness. Expert cheesemakers coax out a lovely butteriness from the goat’s milk, while a touch of tang remains at the finish. With a smear of Three Little Pigs Puddletown Pub Chutney, it makes a snackable addition to a board or a picnic-worthy sandwich.
- Four months of aging gives Finger Lakes Gold its golden natural rind, formed in temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms where the air naturally dries the outside of the cheese with little intervention from the cheesemaker.
- That length of maturation means that the cheese develops its firm texture while still retaining enough moisture to melt beautifully.
- Goat’s milk has around the same fat content as cow’s milk, but because of a difference in fat structure, goat cheese often feels lighter on the palate.
- In Finger Lakes Gold, the cheesemakers are able to capture a slightly richer, more buttery texture, instead of the graininess that can sometimes be found in goat cheeses.
- With its mellow flavor and melting abilities, Finger Lakes Gold works beautifully in frittatas, grilled cheese, and gratins.
- Located in the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, Lively Run Dairy is one of the longest operating goat dairies in the United States.
- When it started production in 1982, Lively Run was a pioneer in American-made goat cheese.
- The Messner family has run the farm and dairy since 1995—parents Steve and Susanne eventually welcomed their sons Pete and Dave into the business.
- Since Pete took over as head cheesemaker in 2013, he has expanded Lively Run’s products to include more aged goat cheeses and cow’s milk cheeses.
- Their goat herd is made up of French Alpines and Swiss Saanens, who are fed a diet of local forage and feed to capture the terroir of the Finger Lakes region in their goats’ milk and, eventually, Lively Run’s cheeses.