Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder kicked off the 2019 season of Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail Friday at Chesapeake Bay Farms in Berlin, Md. Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail officially started Saturday and will run thru Sept. 23. Now in its seventh yr, the trail has ended up with an increasing number of popular, drawing individuals from around the sector.
“Maryland is domestic to excellent dairy operations that provide notable, local dairy products to tens of millions of human beings all through the location,” Hogan stated in a news release. “Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail is a splendid opportunity for our residents to examine greater approximately dairy farming. By traveling one of the 9 dairies on the ice cream trail, you are assisting help Maryland dairy farmers, local manufacturers, and rural groups.”
“What higher manner to understand our state’s hardworking dairy farmers than with the aid of visiting an operating Maryland dairy farm and taking part in regionally-produced ice cream?” Bartenfelder stated in the launch. “Year after year, Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail continues to develop and train Marylanders approximately the critical position dairy farming plays in our country’s agriculture industry and the economy. I inspire all Marylanders and those touring our notable nation to participate in this 12 months’ ice cream path.”
The path is made from nine Maryland dairies that produce and sell their ice cream directly to customers.
It stretches greater than 290 miles from Worcester County within the east to Washington County in the west.
The taking part dairies are:
• Prigel Family Creamery, Baltimore County
• Kilby Cream, Cecil County
• South Mountain Creamery, Frederick County
• Rocky Point Creamery, Frederick County
• Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Harford County
• Keyes Creamery, Harford County
• Woodbourne Creamery at Rock Hill Orchard, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein County
• Misty Meadow Farm Creamery, Washington County
• Chesapeake Bay Farms, Worcester County
The purpose of the path is to grow the general public’s knowledge of dairy farming and to highlight the vital contributions of Maryland’s 355 dairy farms, which accounted for more than $174 million in income, in step with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture.
The ice cream path passport is available at MarylandsBest.Net. Printed copies will also be available at every one of the nine creameries all through the season. Participants can use the passport to hold track of their progress with the aid of answering a specific dairy question and receiving a stamp at every creamery on the path till Sept. 23. Once completed, contributors have to mail the passports by using Sept. 30 to Maryland’s Best Ice Cream, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
They may be entered in a drawing. One winner might be named the 2019 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail Blazer. The grand-prize package deal will consist of a $50 gift certificates to the winner’s preferred creamery; a DVD set of the trendy season of Maryland Public Television’s “Maryland Farm and Harvest”; a duplicate of Lucie Snodgrass’ “Dishing Up Maryland” cookbook; and last bragging rights. Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail is joint advertising supported by the Maryland Department of Agriculture and the American Dairy Association North East.