A (cheesy) celebration

Annual Essex County cheese tour coming up Columbus Day weekend

Since 2014, three unique Adirondack farm-based creameries have teamed up on hosting a daylong open house. Now in its sixth year, the 2019 Essex County Cheese Tour is taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13 and features some of the best farmstead cheeses in Northern New York State. With stops in Keeseville, AuSable Forks and Jay, this self-guided tour gives participants an opportunity to spend a day exploring the AuSable River Valley and a chance to take in beautiful scenery while tasting delicious handmade artisan cheeses.

Farmstead cheese is produced from the milk collected on the same farm where the cheese is produced. The farms on this tour are using milk from their cows and goats to engage in traditional methods of cheese making, with distinct flavors and one-of-a-kind results.

The farms:

North Country Creamery, 931 Mace Chasm Rd., Keeseville: producing raw milk, yogurt, and various hard & soft cheeses from a herd of 100 percent grassfed cows. Also home of the Clover Mead Cafe & Farmstore.

Asgaard Farm, 74 Asgaard Way, AuSable Forks: Historic farm that was the former home of the late artist Rockwell Kent. Producer of farmstead goat cheeses, grass-fed beef, pastured pork and poultry, free-range eggs.

Sugar House Creamery, 18 Sugar House Way, Upper Jay: Featuring three distinct cheeses and a farmstore offering fresh milk, cheese, as well as meats, eggs and seasonal veggies from nearby farms.

Each farm will be giving out cheese samples, offering tours, and other special events as part of the day’s activities. Tour participants can travel from farm to farm at their own pace, in any order.

New this year: Asgaard Farm has partnered with Big Slide Brewery in Lake Placid to offer beer and cheese pairings at 1 and 3 p.m. Three cheeses, three beers, $15/person. Call 518-728-7475 to reserve, as there are a limited number of spots for these sessions.

Click here for more info about the 2019 Essex County Cheese Tour: https://www.facebook.com/cheesetour/?eid=ARAiwoyidsHFQFPW-XDOE2mdiUehoGvHsX06bop1QZVa5xOogn4XV_flc9VT1aq5MWtDOIraSxCIyIBd

About Melissa Hart

Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor , combined with work for nonprofits. As the Explorer's digital editor, she serves as editor of Adirondack Almanack.(com) and helps manage the Explorer's website. When not online, she enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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