Homemade Treats on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail

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We’re all different:  some of us prefer mint chocolate chip; others opt for vanilla every time. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that ice cream is a good thing — and that more ice cream is an even better thing. Which is why the Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail, the first farm-based ice cream trail in the country, is the best thing we’ve heard about this week.

The idea is a simple one:  linking seven Maryland creameries that make and sell their own ice creams right there at their dairy farms. Not only do you get to support local small-scale industry, but everyone knows that ice cream tastes best when the milk is fresh and the additives are few.

If you make it to all seven creameries (which span from Worcester County all the way to Frederick County) by September 7, you can enter to win a $50 gift certificate to the creamery of your choice, plus other prizes.

“Craziest thing I ever heard tell of, driving an hour to get an ice cream cone,” Chuck Fry, who runs Rocky Point Farm in Frederick County, told NPR, “but we do real banana splits with real bananas, and that doesn’t exist too much anymore.” If you go, let us know which creamery is your favorite — if you don’t, we might have to sample them all ourselves…

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