Misty Meadow Farm Creamery

I know it sounds funny, but I drove my family 1 ½ hours to have ice cream.  Ice-cream on a cold and windy fall afternoon.  Meeting up with friends, we planned a visit to Misty Meadow Creamery in Washington County, Maryland.

The small farm is open year round and is great for families, especially those with young children.  The ice cream parlor is always busy, but the friendly staff keep the line moving.  Fifty varieties of ice cream rotate at the Creamery with choices like Chocolate Peanut Butter, Dizzy Cow, Sweet MIsty Meadows CremeryCream, Grapenut, and seasonal favorite, Pumpkin Pie.  I sampled Granny’s Crumbs, which was a biscotti flavored ice cream swirled with cookie crumbs…oh my!  Then I decided to sample Apple Streudel and Vanilla which were all delish.  Yes, sampling is encouraged!  Feeling tropical, I went with Orange Pineapple which I didn’t sample, but was surprisingly balanced with the two flavors.  While I feel it would be an insult to not order ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt are less caloric options.  Make your treat even sweeter by turning it into a sundae, banana split, float, or shake.  Compared to local chain ice cream stores, I found the prices here to be less expensive for better quality ice cream.

If we weren’t having dinner at my friend’s house, I would have caved and gotten a BBQ beef or pulled pork sandwich made with their own meat.  Also on the menu is roast beef, ham, homemade soups, sausage dogs, and coffee drinks.  In the Creamery, you can take home summer herb cheese, farm fresh pasteurized creamline, chocolate or strawberry milk, hot Italian sausage, or smoked ham.  A small selection of toys including Breyer horses, tractors, and souvenir stuffed animals and tees are available to purchase.  The Creamery has a unisex bathroom with changing table along with scenic outdoor seating on brightly colored patio furniture and rocking chairs.  There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables.

Let the Creamery host your child’s birthday party.  From spring to fall, parties include a hay ride, farm games, fall corn maze, and birthday cake or make your own sundae option.

MIsty Meadows CremeryNo matter what time of year you decide to come, there’s always something happening at Misty Meadow.  In the spring, you can cut flowers in a half acre garden.  During the summer, purchase veggies and herbs from the garden.  A corn maze and pumpkin patch are available for families in the fall while a Nativity is set up during the winter season.   

My family and friends visited in mid-November where there are remnants of the 9 acre corn maze.  There is a small pumpkin patch with educational facts, a corn bin, spider web, mini straw bale maze, and a right turn only maze.  A play structure designed as a wooden tractor has room for a driver and a slide in the back.  Unlike more popular destination farms, the activities at Misty Meadow are on a small scale and simple in design.  

Now onto the farm.  You can see the bevy of bovines on pasture from April to November, weather permitting.  There are bunnies in the picnic shelter while chickens can be seen in a netted coop.  Beware of bird droppings in the barn where the animals reside.  Hand sanitizer is available.  There is a blue-eyed miniature horse, donkey, pigs, sheep, goats, two farm dogs, and a precocious calf.  The animals are super friendly and while we didn’t see them strut their stuff on the goat walk, the goats and their companions love attention.  The calf licked my daughter’s jacket which contained leftover droplets of ice cream.  Then it began eating my purse.  It was very comical, but added to the experience.  

Misty Meadow is open year round so visit the website for hours of operation per season.  Fall and winter hours are Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday 1 to 6pm.  For now, they are closed on Thursdays.  

If you want to sample the goodness of Misty Meadow, but the distance is too much, you, like I, will be happy to know that they are heading to northern Virginia farmer’s markets!  They will be at the Mount Vernon farmers market every Wednesday from May to December and in Burke every Saturday from May to -November.  In Old Town, Alexandria, they will be there on Saturdays from November 29, 2014 to April, 2015.  Orders can be emailed in advance and picked up at the market.

While the ice cream was really creamy, Misty Meadow Farm Creamery is on the small side having our visit lasting approximately one hour.  While in Smithsburg, home cooked food can be found at nearby Dixie Diner while downtown Hagerstown is a thirty minute drive.  There is a nice sized playground at the Smith Mountain Welcome Center in Myersville.  To see a more in depth farm experience, add South Mountain Creamery in Middletown to your list.

Photos by Kathleen Molloy.

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