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Lively Run Dairy, Interlaken

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Lively Run Goat Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in New York State in 1982 and pioneering goat cheese in the American marketplace. The Messmer family took over operations of Lively Run in 1995, after Steve was discharged from military service and brought his family back from Europe in the early 1990s. The entire Messmer family works to continue the mission of bringing to the Finger Lakes region healthy, sustainable and delicious goat cheese reminiscent of the cheese they enjoyed while living in Germany and France.

Lively Run Goat Dairy is a member of the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail and is a New York AgriTourism & Education Stop.

Come and see a sustainable and community-minded farm. Come and see our mischievous goat kids each spring. Come and see where fine Finger Lakes goat cheese begins.

Our cheese room is currently running on our seasonal hours, which are Monday through Friday – 10am to 4pm, and we are not giving cheese tastings. If you wish to pick up cheese during the weekends please call ahead at 607-532-4647

We are open for tastings and tours Memorial Day through the end of October. Our summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m and cheese tastings are $3/person and the charge goes towards a purchase of $10 or more.

Farm tours are $5/per person at 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tour price include a cheese tasting. For off season or group tours, please call us at 607-532-4647
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  • Wonderful experience! You can see the animals and sample a variety of goats and cows cheeses. Huge sampler platter of over a dozen different cheeses with something for everyone. The staff were... 
    Wonderful experience! You can see the animals and sample a variety of goats and cows cheeses. Huge sampler platter of over a dozen different cheeses with something for everyone. The staff were...  more »
  • Lively Run Dairy is a short drive through beautiful countryside to Interlaken from nearby Ithaca. Many varieties of goat cheese are available and remember to get some corn from the store and feed... 
    Lively Run Dairy is a short drive through beautiful countryside to Interlaken from nearby Ithaca. Many varieties of goat cheese are available and remember to get some corn from the store and feed...  more »
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  • Great little cheese shop. Tried the special cheese tray with add-ons. This is a terrific way to taste all of items that they sell. We chose several wonderful selections. We even got to see the goats (a lot of fun).
  • They have delicious goat cheese and goat cheesecake for sale here. You can also purchase a bag of corn to feed their goats.

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