Monday, May 25, 2015

The Scoop: Moo-licious ice cream from udderly contented cows

Anna Eaglehouse, 6, of Chester Springs, enjoys a cone of Bessie´s<br />Black Raspberry ice cream, homemade from the dairy cows´ milk at Milky Way Farm´s´ Chester Springs Creamery.
Anna Eaglehouse, 6, of Chester Springs, enjoys a cone of Bessie's Black Raspberry ice cream, homemade from the dairy cows' milk at Milky Way Farm's' Chester Springs Creamery. DAN GERINGER / Staff
Anna Eaglehouse, 6, of Chester Springs, enjoys a cone of Bessie´s<br />Black Raspberry ice cream, homemade from the dairy cows´ milk at Milky Way Farm´s´ Chester Springs Creamery. Gallery: The Scoop: Moo-licious ice cream from udderly contented cows

The deal: Carolyn Matthews Eaglehouse, a fourth-generation member of the Matthews family, which has owned and operated 103-acre Milky Way Farm since 1902, opened Chester Spring Creamery in 2001 to sell creamy-rich ice cream made from the milk of the farm's 40 Holstein-Friesian dairy cows.

Details: 521 E. Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. milkywayfarm.com.

What we ate: Bessie's Black Raspberry, Caramel's Dulce de Leche, Dixie's Coconut Almond Delight, Beau's Brownie Bliss, Blossom's Butter Pecan, Milky Way Vanilla, Classic's Rich Coffee - all knock-your-socks-off true flavors (not over-sugared) and OMG smooooth.

Cow whisperer: When her husband, Lou, suggested naming the 40 ice cream and sorbet flavors after the cows so that people could feel close to them, Eaglehouse said, "No. Too corny." But she gave in. Then she declared all those flavors "Moolicious!" That's not corny? "No," Eaglehouse said, laughing. She is now developing Sallie's Sweet Corn Surprise ice cream. That, she hopes, will be corny.

We wanted to eat: Polly's Pumpkin Pie ice cream, but we'll have to wait till fall, when about 18,000 people show up to pick their own pumpkins in the Milky Way Farm patch. Thankfully, they don't all line up for ice cream at the same time.

About that scoop: At 61 cents per ounce, a 1- to 2-scoop cone goes for $2.75 to $3.50; milk shake, $5; banana split, $5.50.

Decor: Bright, cozy, high-ceilinged, Amish-built, pine-walled ice-cream parlor with interior window so you can watch the flavors being made. Family farm antiques on the walls. Friendly servers who know their ice cream, because some of them make it.

The farm: We strolled around peaceful Milky Way Farm, pausing on the wooden bridge under the spreading sycamore tree and over Pickering Creek to enjoy the ducks, piglets and baby goats. We felt high on nature and high on Peggy's Peachy Keen milk shake, which is seasonal, so hurry.

The wait: Not more than 10 minutes, even when the joint is jumping on Sunday afternoons. If more servers are needed, Eaglehouse said, family members come running from the farm house to pitch in.

Udder bliss: The Milky Way Farm cow barn features an automated cow back-scratcher that was in heavy use during our visit. Picture a horizontal car-wash brush with long red bristles that rotate constantly while the cows (and Jump Start, the bull) mosey under for a head-to-rump back massage. No wonder they're moo-tivated to produce such great milk.

 


A summertime journey across the Philadelphia region in search of great ice cream and other cool treats. Daily News reporter Dan Geringer is this week's explorer.

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