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Best Finger Lakes farm or agricultural tour

Aside from wine and scenery, the Finger Lakes region has a long history of farming and agricultural production. Some of the places give tours that are both fun and educational. Here is what the area innkeepers have to recommend as the best farm or agricultural tours in the Finger Lakes.

Lively Run Goat Dairy - If you like goat cheese, you won't want to miss Lively Run Goat Dairy. You'll get a full lesson on how goat cheeses are made in the French tradition and meet the goats as well. You end the tour at the retail shop with free samples of the four different styles of cheeses made at the farm as well as ice cream made from goat milk. Or, you can skip the tour and just buy some of their wonderful products. Located in Interlaken. ~ Donna Cunningham - Yale Manor Bed and Breakfast

The Keuka Flower Farm - The best farm tour only occurs one weekend a year, but it is terrific. It gives a thorough tour that shows how they produce dried flowers on the scenic Keuka Bluff. The Demmin family has developed techniques to intensely farm the many varieties of flowers that they dry and ship. Their tour goes thorough the sprouting, planting, cultivating, harvesting, drying, and finishing of the flowers. Dr. Scott Demmin gives a lot of information on growing flowers (great for the home gardener) in a very witty manner. His wife Barbara and their children demonstrate how the flowers are finished and give demonstrations on using them in arrangements. The tours are on the last weekend of August, and are free. ~ Burney & Susan Baron - Los Gatos B&B

Indian Chimney Farm - Not quite native Finger Lakes animals, the Alpacas, have quite a home for themselves now with a few goats and horses to round out the mix. The farm is open for visitors every Sunday. The country gift shop has all kinds of Alpaca products and the tours themselves are full of interesting information. Located on Rt 34 just North of Lansing on the South Eastern side of Cayuga Lake. ~ Steve and Kathy Wirt - Wine Country Cabins B&B

Lazy Acre Alpaca Farm -   Its a 200 acres offering insight and a chance to learn about this friendly animal.  They also have a gift shop filled with alpaca fiber products like blankets, hats and sweaters. Located at 8830 Baker Road in Bloomfield.  ~ Al and Nancy - Gorham House Bed and Breakfast

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