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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