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Ice-cream trail highlights Maryland dairy farms

icecreamThe Maryland Department of Agriculture is encouraging all Marylanders to enjoy fresh, delicious ice cream this summer by following Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail, a network of dairy farms across the state that produce ice cream right on the farm and sell it directly to consumers who visit.

There are seven such dairy farms across the state participating in MDA’s Ice Cream Trailblazer promotion. Under the program, Marylanders can up an pick Ice Cream Trailblazer Passport at any of the seven creameries or online at www.marylandsbest.net. Residents can have the passport “stamped” at each creamery through Sept. 7, and submit it to MDA to be entered in a drawing for the grand prize, a Maryland’s Best gift basket.

The purpose of the Ice Cream Trail is to highlight the important contributions of Maryland’s 495 dairy farms which accounted for $182.7 million in sales in 2010; and to increase the public’s general understanding of dairy farming by encouraging them to visit a farm and see what dairy farming is really like, all while enjoying locally produced ice cream.

Click here for Passport and trail information

The seven farms included on the trail are:

Broom’s Bloom Dairy in Harford County

Chesapeake Bay Farms in Worchester County

Kilby Cream in Cecil county

Prigel Family Creamery in Baltimore County

Rocky Point Creamery in Frederick County

South Mountain Creamery in Frederick County

and Misty Meadow Farm Creamery in Washington County

MDA also has a related geocaching contest. Participants use hand-held GPS devices and iPhones to locate hidden caches that correspond to their Ice Cream Passports.

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