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About Lively Run Dairy

Lively Run Dairy is one of the longest operating commercial goat dairies in the country, beginning production in 1982 in Interlaken, NY. We are pioneers of goat cheese in the United States domestic market.

We produce small-batch, hand-made artisanal goat and cow cheeses that are inspired by the Finger Lakes region. Our milk comes from known, sustainable sources and each batch is crafted carefully by hand. Download our cheese catalog to learn about our farm and products that we offer.

We have 3 options for delivery and pick up:

  • Ship to your door via fedex
  • Pick up every Thursday at Press Bay Food Transfer Hub in Ithaca, NY
  • Pick up at the Lively Run Farm Store in Interlaken, NY

Ship directly to your door via FedEx

Order by Tuesday and receive your package by Friday of the same week! We ship cheese on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Orders East of the Mississippi River (excluding Florida)

(Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin) 

All orders ship Fedex 2-day shipping to preserve quality for a flat rate of $25 per box. Orders $75 and up ship FREE.

Orders West of the Mississippi River and Florida

(Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

Our flat rate shipping cost is $75 for orders West of the Mississippi River and Florida. Please call (607)-532-4647 or email us at to check in about more economic shipping options.

For additional information about discounts, how we ship our cheeses, and our return policy, please review our shipping policy.

Pick up at Press Bay Food Transfer Hub

Order by Wednesday at 12PM and pick up each Thursday of the same week at the Press Bay Alley Transfer Hub in Ithaca, NY for no additional charge! Simply opt to “Pick up at press bay alley” during check out and we will prepare and deliver your order to be picked up by you during customer pick up hours Thursdays from 3-7PM at Press Bay Alley.

The Press Bay Alley Food Transfer Hub offers:

  • Pre-order goods from other local farms and pick up at the Press Bay Alley Food Transfer Hub!
  • Weekly curbside distribution at 110-1 W Green St. of prepaid goods
  • Distribution staffed by Urban Core’s manager Melissa Madden during Customer Pick Up hours
  • Short term delivery and pick up parking provided in the Press Bay Geneva St lot
  • Transfer hub for donations to local pantries

Note: Press Bay Food Transfer Hub will not hold missed pick ups. On Friday each week we will donate unclaimed goods to our local food pantries.

Learn more about the Press Bay Alley Food Transfer Hub.

Pick up at the Lively Run Farm Store

Order on our online store and pick up from the porch of our farm store for no additional charge! Simply opt to “Pick up at Lively Run Dairy” during check out and we will prepare your order in a brown paper bag with your name on it to be picked up any day from our refrigerator on our porch. If you are picking up on Saturday or Sunday, please place your order by Friday at 4pm. We will not be able to fill orders the same day of purchase on the weekend. Please note your estimated day/time of your arrival at checkout.


To place an order over the phone, please call (607)-532-4647 Monday through Friday, 10AM-4PM or email us at For further questions regarding the online store, please contact our store manager at

  • Finger Lakes Gold Reserve (10-month)

    Finger Lakes Gold Reserve (10-month)

    Our Finger Lakes Gold Reserve is our award-winning hard goat cheese that is aged for 10+ months with a slightly crumbly texture. It is perfect for snacking right off the wheel or grating over pasta.

    An off-dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes pairs nicely with the nutty and caramel flavors of the cheese. The Finger Lakes Gold Reserve is named after its beautiful yellow-golden rind.

    The Finger Lakes Gold Reserve aged goat cheese won first place in its class of “Goat’s Milk Cheese Aged Over 60 Days” and was a best-of-show finalist, ranking it in the top 15 out of 1,742 products submitted in the 2019 American Cheese Society (ACS) Cheese Contest.

    About the Finger Lakes Gold Reserve:

    • This cheese is only available for sale by the lb.
    • A wheel of Finger Lakes Gold Reserve is usually about 7 lbs.
    • Shelf life: 3 months


  • Cayuga Blue

    Cayuga Blue

    Cayuga Blue is our award-winning goat’s milk blue cheese. Marbled throughout with blue mold as deep in color as the lake that it was named after, Cayuga Blue is a true rarity: an entirely goat’s milk blue cheese.

    Subtle and complex, Cayuga Blue is rich with earthy and mushroom flavors. It is a fine addition to any dish featuring beef or mushrooms.

    The Cayuga Blue was awarded First Place in its class at the 2017 American Cheese Society Cheese Contest in Denver. It was also labeled one of the “The 25 Most Important Cheeses in America, According to Cheese Experts,” by Bon Appetit.

    About the Cayuga Blue:

    • A wheel of Cayuga Blue is usually about 4 lbs.
    • Shelf life: 2 months
  • Finger Lakes Gold (3-Month)

    Finger Lakes Gold (3-Month)

    Finger Lakes Gold Aged for at least four months, the Finger Lakes Gold is mellow and nutty in flavor and firm in texture, with a beautiful gold- yellow natural rind.

    The Finger Lakes Gold works nicely with egg-based dishes and melts very well. It is also a wonderfully unique addition to any cheese board, pairing well with cured meats as well as jams or fruit.

    About the Finger Lakes Gold:

    • A wheel of Finger Lakes Gold Reserve is usually about 8.5 lbs.
    • Shelf life: 3 months


  • Chèvre


    Our Chevre is delicate, with a creamy texture that is balanced by a slight lactic tang and grassy, pastoral notes. It is a very versatile cooking cheese that is equally useful for savory dishes, like cheese dips or salads, and sweet recipes, like cheese cake or panna cotta.

    Herbs Include: Dill, Herbes de Provence, Rose Peppercorn, Za’atar, Garlic and Pepper.

    About the Cayuga Blue:

    • Shelf life: 2 months
  • Goat's Milk Feta

    Goat’s Milk Feta

    Lively Run Goat Dairy Feta is a firm and very salty Balkan-style cheese. Aged for one month in salt brine, our Feta develops a crumbly texture that is perfect for use in salads, omelettes, pizzas or anything that would benefit from a salty kick.

    About the Feta:

    • Shelf life: 3 months
  • Blue Yonder

    Blue Yonder

    Our Blue Yonder is  a creamy cow’s milk blue cheese with natural rind that is both subtle, complex and approachable. While the rich Holstein milk gives the paste a lovely yellow color, it is marbled throughout with pockets and veins of deep blue.

    About the Blue Yonder:

    • A wheel of Blue Yonder is usually about 4 lbs.
    • Shelf life: 2 months
  • Shire (Beer Cheese)

    Shire (Beer Cheese)

    Shire is the result of a collaboration with Hopshire Brewing in Dryden, NY. While making the gouda, we soak the curds in Shire Ale, a dark malty Scotch Ale. The resulting cheese is imbued with the toasty flavors of the dark malt and a slight coffee-like bitterness.

    About the the Shire:

    • A wheel of the Shire is usually about 9 lbs.
    • Shelf life: 3 months
  • Lake Effect Cheddar

    Lake Effect Cheddar

    Typically made the same day as the milking, our Lake Effect Cheddar is made from extremely fresh, local cow’s milk. It is generally aged for six months and exhibits a nice blend of traditional cheddar “sharpness” with a pleasing nuttiness that is rare in American Cheddars.

    About the Lake Effect Cheddar:

    • Shelf life: 3 months
  • Gorge Trail Gouda

    Gorge Trail Gouda

    Our Gouda is a traditional Dutch-style Gouda. It is made from very fresh, local cow’s milk, then aged for around six months, until it has reached the peak of ripeness. Gorge Trail Gouda is a richly flavored cheese with the mellow, buttery flavors that is complemented by a subtle creamy texture.

    About the the Gorge Trail Gouda:

    • A wheel of the Gorge Trail Gouda is usually about 9 lbs.
    • Shelf life: 3 months
  • Gift Certificate

    Gift Certificate

    Our gift certificates are good for any items or services sold in our online store or our on-farm store, including cheese, T-shirts, tours, baby goat bottle feeding, and other novelties!

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  • Cooking with Cheese in the Finger Lakes Gift Package

    Cooking with Cheese in the Finger Lakes Gift Package

    Give the gift of local cheese and more! This package includes 3 pieces of Lively Run Cheese:Finger Lakes Gold, Plain Chevre, and our Cayuga Blue, and a Cooking With Cheese in the Finger Lakes Cookbook.

    We will also provide a hand-written note on one of our illustrated goat greeting cards if you specify what to say in the “notes” section during checkout.

  • "Cooking With Cheese in the Finger Lakes" Cookbook

    “Cooking With Cheese in the Finger Lakes” Cookbook

    Cooking with Cheese in the Finger Lakes is a collection of recipes from artisans around the Finger Lakes that use Lively Run Cheese in their cuisine. Each recipe has a beverage pairing from a local winery, cidery, or brewery. This collection is an example of the wonderful and varied bounty that the Finger Lakes has to offer.


    This cookbook includes recipes from Finger Lakes’ favorites such as Moosewood, Suzanne’s Fine Regional Cuisine, Just a Taste, and much more! A perfect gift for your friends and family this holiday season!

    “Cooking with Cheese in the Finger Lakes takes you on a journey through one of America’s most celebrated culinary meccas, offering a taste of the region’s best eateries. In this cookbook, we discover how an ingredient as simple as cheese can encourage a cook to express his or her style and heritage. The result is a varied collection of recipes showcasing our diverse and innovative community, tightly woven together by aged milk. And of course, we also learn that Lively Run’s selection of goat cheeses are far from “simple,” but the product of a family-owned, small batch dairy that will inspire you to stop by and play with the goats!” – Emma Frisch, owner of Firelight Camps


    If you are a store owner and would like more information about wholesale pricing, please contact

  • Lively Run Dairy Cooler

    Lively Run Dairy Cooler

    Picnic-sized cooler bag with Lively Run Dairy embroidery.

  • Lively Run Dairy Goat Milk Soap

    Lively Run Dairy Goat Milk Soap

    Goat milk soap made by Hinz-Sight Goat Dairy using Lively Run Dairy goat milk.


  • Lively Run Dairy Mug

    Lively Run Dairy Mug

    12oz Mug with a photograph of Charlotte printed on the side.

  • Honey Yum

    Honey Yum

    Local Cinnamon Creamed Honey from HoneyRock Farms.

    Ingredients: Honey & Cinnamon

  • Stonybrook Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil

    Stonybrook Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil

    This oil is packed with a roasted nutty flavor that is perfect in combination with cheese.

  • Variety Pack of 6 Illustrated Goat Cards

    Variety Pack of 6 Illustrated Goat Cards

    Make somebody smile with these adorable goat cards illustrated by local artist, Lee Shelton! The cards are 4.5″ x 5.5″ (folded), printed on heavyweight textured card stock, and come with envelopes. We will choose a variety of 6 different goat character cards per package.

    Please contact us at for a special shipping price if you are only ordering cards.