Farm bureau dairy bar features local ice cream for first time at fair

A favorite place to get ice cream at The Great Frederick Fair is the Frederick County Farm Bureau. Shown is mint chocolate chip. 

The Frederick County Farm Bureau has operated the Dairy Bar at The Great Frederick Fair for more than 30 years and, for the first time, will offer ice cream made on the farm at Rocky Point Creamery, of Tuscarora, and South Mountain Creamery in Middletown.

The collaboration between the Farm Bureau and the dairy farms is intended to highlight the important contributions of Maryland’s 496 dairy farms, which accounted for $188 million in sales in 2012, and to increase the public’s understanding of dairy farming. Frederick County tops the state in dairy production.

Proceeds from the Dairy Bar are used to fund local Farm Bureau activities, including agriculture education, scholarships and grants, as well as sponsorships for the fair.

“This is what we did at the (recent) state fair also — same deal,” said Chuck Fry, co-owner of Rocky Point Creamery. “It helps the young farmers of the state, and it’s a good way to get the name out there, both for Frederick County Farm Bureau and for Rocky Point Creamery. We are all farmers doing our best for Frederick and the state of Maryland, and it’s about encouraging people to buy local.”

The ice cream will be sold in Building 8. Rocky Point Creamery’s ice cream will be sold Monday and Tuesday, and South Mountain Creamery’s on Wednesday and Thursday.

“We hope that, by donating the ice cream, we are better able to solidify our relationship with the (local Farm Bureau) so that, together, we can educate others on the benefits of local agriculture, promote healthy eating and locally sourcing food, and providing a sustainable future for our children — our main goals at SMC,” said Adrienne Moretz, South Mountain’s marketing and social media coordinator.

The Frederick County Farm Bureau ice cream bar has graduated from its humble beginnings in a corner of the fairground farmers market to its current location under the grandstand in Building 8, Dairy Bar Committee Chairman Jeff England said.

The Farm Bureau is pleased to partner this year with the two local dairy farms and to promote several ice cream flavors, England said. Both farms have on-farm ice cream parlors.

“Farm Bureau is the voice of agriculture nationwide, and this is a great opportunity to showcase our own local farms,” England said.

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(13) comments

wzyq104

"Smithers, I'm really enjoying this so-called Iced Cream!"

phaseten2003

In past years the dairy bar served Turkey Hill ice cream. The name-brand of the ice cream was prominently displayed so no, you were not being duped. The “buy-local” revolution is typically defined as food within a 100-mile radius; which the Turkey Hill factory in Lancaster meets this criteria.

Milk is nature’s most nearly perfect food. I don’t see anywhere that the Farm Bureau is promoting ice cream as a health food. However, ice cream is a good source of vitamins, minerals, energy, and calcium and can actually improve your immunity to diseases. Besides, who goes to the county fair for health food!

So when you are at the fair, order a big scoop and enjoy it! And, please, don’t cuss the farmer with your mouth full of food that was produced by the farmer for you to consume!

watson4sherlock

But you forgot the saturated fat content and sugar.

Chron

What was the point of a dairy bar at the fair for the previous 30 years if the dairy bar wasn't offering locally-made ice cream? Was the ice cream at least from other dairies in Maryland?

garden whimsey

So all the years the people who were attending the fair and thought they were getting local, fresh, ice cream they were actually being duped? Just what national, commercially produced and marketed product were they being sold?

formerfcps

“We hope that, by donating the ice cream, we are better able to solidify our relationship with the (local Farm Bureau) so that, together, we can educate others on the benefits of local agriculture, promote healthy eating and locally sourcing food, and providing a sustainable future for our children — our main goals at SMC,” said Adrienne Moretz, South Mountain’s marketing and social media coordinator.

What a bunch of bureaucratic garbage. What udder nonsense. Ice cream being promoted as healthy eating! So Ms Moretz wants to 'solidify her relationship' so she can 'educate' others. Well, watch out when someone wants to 'educate' you. You're about to be lied to.

kingesquivel

A bit lactose intolerant are ye?

bradleyomar42

"Even lactose intolerant kids want ice cream"--Jake Harper. michael banks

Sanker

And this from one who claims to have once been an educator. [lol][lol][lol][lol][lol]

watson4sherlock

FCPS employs kitchen and janitorial staff too.

Sanker

FCPS admitted here that, when a teacher ,he used to give misinformation and lower grades than they deserved to his students whom he suspected of smoking pot. And, if he gets this post deleted. he is only admitting to his faults as a teacher.

j_roc101

"Udder" nonsense?

NASCARLOVER

You have to be named "Daisy" to get it. [wink]

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