The Friendliest Cheese in the Finger Lakes

Written By Laura Gallup

Of the 125 cows at Crosswinds Farm & Creamery, Goblin is one of a chosen few. Alongside sisters Rose and Butternut, this Brown Swiss dairy cow is the face and namesake of a very popular cheese variety. Goblin, the semi-firm, alpine-style cheese, is hard to compare to anything else, according to owner Sarah VanOrden. The unique recipe has sparked a lot of interest and the farm has ramped up production over the past few years to keep up with demand.

“It’s a crowd-pleaser cheese,” VanOrden said. “A bit sharp, a bit tangy, not too extreme.” VanOrden also notes that the flavor, like the four-hoofed Goblin, plays well with others.

“Goblin loves attention, she’s one of our friendliest cows. The name is fitting for the cheese because it loves attention, too!”

The creamy cheese works well in snacks, grilling and fondue and really shines as a complement to cider, beer or wine. Goblin’s herbal, nutty flavor is the perfect accompaniment to a glass of just about any drink being made in the Finger Lakes today. Find this cheese and other dairy treats from Crosswinds year round in their Ovid farm store or online.

6762 Log City Rd, Ovid, (607) 327-0363,

Laura Gallup is the managing editor of Edible FLX as well as the marketing and events coordinator for the Ithaca Farmers Market. She grew up eating strawberries by the bucketful on her dad’s farm in Hector, NY.

This article originally appeared in the 2018 Wine edition of the magazine.

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