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Progressive Dairyman’s ice cream road trip

Published on 09 June 2017

Across America, ice cream shops give flavor to small towns, large cities and even college campuses. Members of the Progressive Dairyman editorial team, along with a couple of our producer bloggers, shared their favorite places to find a sweet treat and the varieties of ice cream that tickle their taste buds.

From coast to coast, ice cream is always a winning way to celebrate June Dairy Month.



Sassy Cow Creamery

Creamery store located in Columbus, Wisconsin, with retailers throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois
Sassy Cow Creamery

Sassy Cow Creamery Ice Cream

Why I’d recommend it: Sassy Cow makes dozens of delicious flavors from the classics to the creative – like “Sassy Way” (milk chocolate ice cream with chocolate pieces and caramel swirl, like a Milky Way bar) and “Purple Cow” (black raspberry with dark and white chocolate chips).

The cute little store filled with cheese, milk and other dairy treats is just off the beaten path, north of Madison. And the fact Sassy Cow is a farmstead creamery success story that shows how two brothers added value to their herds’ milk makes it taste that much sweeter.

Submitted by Peggy Coffeen, Progressive Dairyman editor


Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Locations in Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, California and Missouri

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Why I’d recommend it: I read about Jeni’s in Delta’s Sky magazine during my travels, and once I learned about their Ohio roots and mission to use grass-fed milk, I couldn’t wait to try it. They offer unique and high-end flavors (like riesling poached pear sorbet and goat cheese with red cherries).

I finally got my chance on a recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee, with my husband. Jeni’s had a scoop shop at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, and I selected a scoop of the lemon buttermilk frozen yogurt paired with a scoop of wildberry lavender. It was definitely worth a stop on our road trip.

Submitted by Emily Gwin, Progressive Dairyman editor

Call Hall Dairy Bar

Manhattan, Kansas
Kansas State, Call Hall Dairy Bar


Call Hall Dairy Bar

Why I’d recommend it: Ask any K-Stater, and they will tell you hands-down their favorite food at Kansas State University is the renowned “Purple Pride” ice cream. A scoop of this creamy blueberry treat flaunts a purple color and is served year-round at campus ice cream socials, sporting and recruiting events, alumni and departmental activities, and the Call Hall Dairy Bar.

The ice cream socials welcome crowds of students at the start of each new school year, and the dairy bar brings couples together for simple ice cream dates. Some of my favorite college memories have been walking across campus, ice cream cone in hand, and watching other students drool, wishing they had some of their own.

Submitted by Audrey Schmitz, Progressive Dairyman editor

Nelson Cheese Factory

Nelson, Wisconsin
Nelson CheeseFactory

Annaliese Wegner and her husband Tom

Why I’d recommend it: Don’t let the name fool you; this place has so much to offer. The founders of the Nelson Cheese Factory made cheese for over 100 years. Though they no longer make cheese, they have an amazing selection of Wisconsin cheeses, fine wines and gourmet foods.

It has become our new favorite place for lunch and ice cream. The atmosphere is calm and cozy, a great spot for a light lunch. Grab a table, enjoy some wine and pizza, and make sure to grab a few scoops of your favorite ice cream on the way out. It is likely you will also go home with a few pounds of cheese.

Submitted by Annaliese Wegner

Kelley Country Creamery

Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Kelley Country Creamery

Why I’d recommend it: I stopped at Kelley Country Creamery after an interview at a nearby dairy farm. This country stop is well worth the trip. It was opened several years ago by Karen and Tim Kelley, and their five children – Amie, Betsy, Heidi, Molly and Clark. Milk for the creamery comes from the family’s 65 Holsteins on their 200-acre dairy farm.

The toughest part was choosing the flavor. They have a lot of options and some great names too, such as “Barnyard Bash,” “Chew Your Cud,” “Clark’s Calf Crunch,” “Haystack,” “Pasture Pie,” “Pitchfork Pistachio,” “Slow-Moving Vehicle” and “Whitewash Vanilla.” That’s not to mention a number of flavors that rotate with the change of seasons.

Submitted by Karen Lee, Progressive Dairyman editor

Hartzler’s Ice Cream Shop

Wooster, Ohio
Hartzler Family Dairy

Krymowski family indulges in some ice cream

Why I’d recommend it: A local Wayne County favorite, Hartzler’s Family Dairy has been committed to their mission of providing naturally produced dairy, such as their famous non-homogenized, low-temperature vat pasteurized milk and homemade ice cream, to the community. With the family philosophy being “as nature intended it,” you know you’re in for a unique homegrown ice cream treat made straight from the fresh cream off the top of their own skim milk.

With fun flavors such as “Ditch Tea Delight,” “Monkey Business,” “Blushing Bessie,” “Road Hog” and “Moonure” (a favorite of my little brothers), it’s the perfect family stop. Whether you’re making a casual stop while shopping in town, need a place to treat yourself during the work or school day, or just need a destination for a long drive, Hartzler’s is worth it every time.

Submitted by Jaclyn Krymowski, Progressive Dairyman intern

Edaleen Dairy

Locations in multiple towns in western Washington
Edaleen Dairy

Why I’d recommend it: My husband grew up in Lynden, Washington, and always talks about the ice cream from Edaleen Dairy. I love their story of taking a small family farm and turning it into this amazing business that sells dairy products directly from the farmer to the customer.

They have high-quality dairy products, and I strongly recommend giving them your support if you happen to visit western Washington.

Submitted by Krista Stauffer, producer blogger, Washington

Utah State University Creamery

Logan, Utah
Aggie Ice Cream

Utah State University has Aggie blue mint ice cream

Why I’d recommend it: If you’re a fan of mint ice cream and cookies ’n cream, then Utah State University Creamery’s “Aggie Blue Mint” ice cream is a flavor you’ve got to try. The ice cream is blue in color and has white chocolate chips instead of milk or dark chocolate ones like regular mint ice cream.

I also like that it’s more cookies ’n cream flavor than mint. The creamery produces 26 flavors, but this one is its most popular. It’s my favorite as well. Whenever we are in Logan, Utah, to visit my family, we try to stop in and grab a scoop or two and a half-gallon to take home.

Submitted by Walt Cooley, Progressive Dairyman editor  end mark

PHOTO 1: Sassy Cow’s super creamy ice cream is bursting with flavor, like this “Birthday Cake.” Photo by Peggy Coffeen.

PHOTO 2: Emily Gwin tried a scoop of Jeni’s lemon buttermilk frozen yogurt with a scoop of their wildberry lavender on a recent trip to Nashville. Photo by Emily Gwin.

PHOTO 3: “Purple Pride” ice cream showcases Kansas State University’s signature color. Photo by Audrey Schmitz.

PHOTO 4: Annaliese Wegner and her husband, Tom, enjoy ice cream from Nelson Cheese Factory. Photo provided by Annaliese Wegner, producer blogger, Wisconsin. 

PHOTO 5: The Krymowski family indulges in an assortment of ice cream flavors at the local favorite: Hartzler’s Ice Cream Shop. Photo provided by Jaclyn Krymowski. 

PHOTO 6: Utah State University is home to “Aggie Blue Mint,” a creamy combination of mint ice cream and cookies ’n cream. Photo provided by Walt Cooley.