It might seem a bit wacky to drive miles and miles through dappled country roads just for a cup of ice cream… But we had heard from good sources that this 9th generation run farm had delicious ice cream, so we got into the car, drove through what seemed like endless charming and dappled country roads in search of the Beech Hill Farm. Sometimes these foodie adventures are a wild goose chase. But I am happy to report that the ice cream at this quaint farm was well worth the drive.
Established in 1771 or five years before U.S. independence was declared(!), the Beech Hill Farm has been run by generation after generation of the Kimball family — they are currently up to their 9th or 10th generation of farm managers.
The farm sets up several corn mazes every year. These are corn fields with built in passageways making up the mazes; you enter and proceed to get seriously lost in this giant maze, surrounded by tall stalks of corn plants. I have never done a corn maze in my life, and while we were intrigued, I wasn’t sure if we were up to wandering through a field of corn at that point — I had visions of a serious outbreak of hay fever while navigating my way through the maze, and suddenly getting a strong sense of claustrophobia in the process. But the corn mazes are a big draw for students, neighboring households, etc.
The farm has a large space in a barn/building that houses its ice cream retailing operations that offer up to 70+ different flavors, along with sundaes, areas selling preserves and other foods, local handicrafts, etc. There are lots of tables and chairs, presumably for tourists at the peak of the summer season when a cold and delicious serving of ice cream is MOST WELCOME!
The farm set up one of its wooden buildings as a “museum” that showcases a variety of farm implements…
It was interesting to browse through this small “museum” space and I also noted some old town notices from the 1800′s announcing the food or events availalbe at the height of the rainy season.
The potted chrysanthemums were enormous and rather stunning. These ones were say 3-5 days shy of full bloom!
You could purchase several different colors of chrysanthemums at the farm’s gardening shack…
…or if you like, how about some freshly cut corn stalks with heads of corn still attached? I gather these are used as decor for the upcoming holidays of Halloween and possibly Thanksgiving and they are semi-dried and placed in front of homes and such. At USD4 for a bunch of corn stalks, I thought these were a great bargain.
So how was the ice cream? I got a cup of black raspberry frozen yoghurt while Mrs. MM had a serving of caramel ice cream. Both were superb — really, really good. Rich, silky and soft, the frozen yoghurt and ice cream were well worth the drive to find the Beech Hill Farm!