There’s nothing like freshly made ice cream straight from the farm!
Treat the family to some fresh ice cream by hitting one of the stops on Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Now in its ninth year, the trail has become increasingly popular, drawing participants from across the globe.
“Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail is a great way to encourage Marylanders to get out and visit a real working farm,” remarked Secretary Joe Bartenfelder. “Maryland is home to many outstanding dairy operations, and I challenge all residents to visit at least one of the trail’s nine stops this summer.”
The Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail is made up of ten Maryland dairies that produce and sell their ice cream directly to consumers. The trail stretches more than 290 miles from Ocean City in the east to Washington County in the west.
The purpose of the trail is to highlight the important contributions of Maryland’s 387 dairy farms which accounted $169 million in sales in 2017; and to increase the public’s general understanding of dairy farming.
Get the Trail Passport
Of course, you’ll want to complete the passport and enter the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Champion Trailblazer contest. To enter, participants can take a selfie at each of the ten spots. Anyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win a $50 to the creamery of their choice, a copy of the children’s book “Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish,” and the 2021 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Champion Trailblazer trophy. (No purchase necessary).
Download the Ice Cream Trail Passport at MarylandsBest.net.
Maryland Dairies that offer ice cream
If you don’t want to be a ice cream trailbrazer, below are a few great Maryland dairies that offer some of the best ice cream.
Kilby Cream Ice Cream Shop, Rising Sun, MD
The Kilbys have been in the dairy business for more than 100 years, but ice cream is a fairly new venture for them. They began experimenting with ice cream in 2005, and now they have made over 100 flavors of fresh ice cream that goes from cow to cone in just two days.
- Hours: Thursdays 11am-7pm, Fridays-Sundays 10 am-7 pm
South Mountain Creamery, Middletown, MD
South Mountain Creamery offers home ice cream and milk delivery to Anne Arundel County and many other parts of Maryland. Visitors to the farm can come explore on guided tours or self-guided tours, where they can watch how a functioning farm works. You can also sign up to help feed the baby calves.
- Store hours: Tuesday- Thursday 11 am-5 pm, Friday-Sunday 11-6 pm
Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Bel Air, MD
Broom’s Bloom makes its hand-dipped ice cream right on the farm, and they also make artisan cheese and sausage.
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-11 am, Sunday 11 am-9 pm, Sunday 9 am-12 pm, Closed Monday
Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail is a joint promotion supported by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council. For more details visit the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail website.