If you’ve got a mom who loves cheese, good food or local food, here’s a fun idea for a Mother’s Day activity. Take her on a cheese trail. When there are several dairies or creameries close to each other in one region, a trail is born. You can drive from one maker of local cheese to the next, tasting cheese at each stop.

I love this idea because it’s something different and it really makes a fun day out of Mother’s Day. It’s also a fabulous idea for a mom-to-be because unlike heading out on a wine trail for Mother’s Day, she won’t need to be the designated driver for the event.

I’ve found a few cheese trails that are already mapped out in different regions of our country. If you don’t live near one of these, search for the name of your state and the words “cheese trail” in a search engine. If you don’t find one, just search for cheese makers in your region, check to see if they have tasting rooms, and create your own trail

  • Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York – Apparently there’s more than just wine in Finger Lakes Wine Country. There are 12 cheesemakers that “use fresh, farmstead raw milk to make several artisan cheese styles, including European, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and much more” on their cheese trail.
  • Vermont Cheese Trail – Forty-eight producers of cheese are on the map for this trail, including Cabot Creamy Cooperative.
  • Washington Cheese Country – The artisan cheese scene is rapidly growing in Washington state. This site provides a list of artisan cheese makers, as well as dozens of recipes.
  • Sonoma Marin Cheese Trail, California – Over a dozen cheese makers are in the trail in Sonoma and Marin counties, “the Normandy of Northern California.” A downloadable PDF map of the trail is available at the site.

Does doing a tasting at several cheese makers in a day sound like a good Mother’s Day activity to you? It does to me. Unfortunately, we don’t have a cheese trail near where I live, so I’ll be on the wine trail this Sunday. I’m not complaining in the least.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Give mom a cheesy Mother's Day
For something a little different this Mother’s Day, why not take your favorite mom on a cheese trail?