When it comes to summertime favorites, ice cream is always at the top of the list. Lucky for us, when you live in a county celebrated for its rich agriculture, fresh homemade ice cream is just around the corner. With over 12,700 milk cows, Frederick County is one of the top producers of dairy sales in the state, and our county is home to Maryland’s very first on-the-farm dairy processing plant. There is no better way to celebrate National Ice Cream Month than with a cone of ice cream straight from Frederick County farms.
Rocky Point Creamery
4323A Tuscarora Road
Tuscarora, MD 21790
Located in Tuscarora, MD, Rocky Point Creamery has been making farm-fresh ice cream since 2012, but the farm itself has been in the location for much longer. Now in its 4th generation, the family at Rocky Point has been farming its Tuscarora land since 1883. Over that time, the farm has grown from just 10 Holstein cows to 175 cows, 700 acres, and a creamery. Using the milk from their cows, Rocky Point Creamery creates dozens of ice cream flavors throughout the year, filled with fresh local ingredients. They also have a party room at the creamery that can be rented out for gatherings and events. The creamery is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
South Mountain Creamery
8305 Bolivar Road
Middletown, MD 21769
Hometown Harvest Kitchen/South Mountain Creamery
51 Citizens Way
Frederick, MD 21701
Middletown’s South Mountain Creamery is another Frederick County dairy farm, known for its milk, butter, ice cream and more. It is also known for its unique home delivery business, bringing farm-fresh products right to your front door. South Mountain is now in its 3rd generation of the family business and is happy to show off the dairy production process. You can visit the farm, watch the cows being milked, and even get to pet and feed the calves through guided or self-guided farm tours.
Of course, no visit is complete without a scoop of ice cream. For the freshest scoop, milk is made into ice cream within 24 hours of milking. Customers have the choice of 45 flavors including summer favorites such as lemon meringue and peach. Karen’s Kountry Store, located on the farm, is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. They also have ice cream coolers available to rent for parties and other special events.
South Mountain’s ice cream can also be found in the newly opened Hometown Harvest Kitchen, located in downtown Frederick. Customers can choose to have their ice cream served in a fresh baked waffle cone or in traditional fountain glassware. The Ice Cream Shop is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
From city life to farm life, Frederick County has a little bit of everything. Whether you are walking in downtown Frederick or driving out on the country roads, you can find fresh ice cream made right here by Frederick County farmers. Grab a delicious frozen treat with your family and friends and enjoy National Ice Cream Month!