Lively Run Dairy, Interlaken

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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  • A little out of the way but worth the drive. Cheese tasting was yummy. Staff was very attentive and friendly. And the baby goats are adorable.  more »
  • First time visit to the goat dairy farm. Tasted several goat and cow cheeses. For extra $ you can watch a video to learn about the process. Would have liked to talk to a farmer about the farm and its ...  more »
  • What an amazing tour! We had so much fun with the goats and learning about cheese making. The cheese tasting was really nice and it was amazingly tasty cheese.
  • The tour was awesome! The guide was friendly and helpful! He made the experience accessible for me with my walker and oh! The cheese was amazing!!!

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