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Cheese

In 1851 the nation’s first cheese factory was opened in Rome, NY, Oneida county. By 1975, 90 percent of cheese produced in New York state was made in factories, replacing much of the earlier manufacturing of cheese in private homes.

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Cuba, New York, was known as the “cheese center of the world.” Each week in Cuba, NY, the price for cheddar cheese was set and the price was “The Price” nationwide.


The New York State Museum of Cheese building in Verona, NY explores the history of cheese making and its relationship to the importance of the Erie Canal in New York State during the 19th century.

Today, there is a group of New York state’s farmers, especially in the Finger Lakes region, making artisanal cheeses. This movement has led to a cheese trail.

The Finger Lakes Wine tours are now doing pairings with local cheese. Check out the The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail Preferred Pairings Series.

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