Creamery serves ice cream directly from the farm | Center County Gazette

AT NITTANY VALLEY Creamery’s Dairy Barn, customers can enjoy ice cream right from the farm.

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HOWARD – Nothing beats ice cream on a hot summer day, and the folks at Nittany Valley Creamery serve it straight from the farm to the newly built Dairy Barn.

The Creamery, 5565 Jacksonville Road, opened the new ice cream stand and store this spring at the end of Farm Road. With views of the sprawling valley and the mountains above, it’s an aesthetically pleasing place to sit and enjoy a treat with family and friends.

The Glick family has owned the farm for generations, owner Samuel Glick said. She used to sell her dairy products wholesale, but now the Dairy Barn allows the family to get their produce to the customer in the freshest possible way, straight from the farm.

“Our goal is farm-to-table as much as possible,” Glick said. “We like to keep the ice cream more natural. This is not your commercial ice cream.

All dairy for the ice cream comes from the family’s herd, which grazes the farm’s lush pastures and is also fed non-GMO feed, also grown on the farm. Glick said he is committed to providing cows with quality care and proper nutrition.

“These cows were born here,” Glick said. “Dairy is produced, processed and sold directly on the farm.”

With at least 20 flavors of ice cream to choose from, customers will find a wide variety of flavors for hand-dipped cones, platters, shakes and sundaes.

From classic flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate, Cookies & Cream and Strawberry to specialty concoctions like Mom’s Chocolate Cake, Purple Cow and Teaberry, ice cream lovers have plenty of options to choose from.

Glick said they’re all delicious, and his favorite — at least for now — is Java Jolt.

“It’s coffee with a swirl of chocolate in it; it’s my favorite right now,” Glick said.

Also in the freezer are the family’s ice cream pies, as well as pints, quarts and three-gallon containers of ice cream, which can be taken home. Custom ice cream cakes are also available.

Besides ice cream, customers can find farm-fresh cheese, yogurt and milk, in glass and plastic containers.

Milk varieties include Chocolate, Strawberry, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies and Cream, and Mocha, to go along with the standard white.

The Dairy Barn is open Monday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Wednesday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.). Thursday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Friday (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Some weekends, grills are held, serving hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers and pork sandwiches that pair perfectly with ice cream.

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