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As American as...Local Ice Cream

PHOTO: The Maryland Department of Agriculture is promoting local dairy farms that make their own ice cream. PHOTO CREDIT: MDA
July 5. 2013
PHOTO: The Maryland Department of Agriculture is promoting local dairy farms that make their own ice cream. PHOTO CREDIT: MDA

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It could be the coolest thing you do this weekend. July is National Ice Cream Month, and Maryland has created an ice cream trail to lead you to the best creamy concoctions in the state.

Department of Agriculture spokesman Mark Powell said the eight dairy farms on the trail will dish up their own ice cream, and visiting them will mean more than just enjoying a sweet treat.

"By going to these farms and buying locally produced ice cream, you're supporting local farms," Powell said. "Farms are very important to the state. They preserve open space, and they help protect the Chesapeake Bay."

The Department of Agriculture has a passport available on its website with directions to the farms. If you get a stamp at each farm this summer, you can win prizes - including more ice cream.

Powell called it the freshest, tastiest ice cream you'll find anywhere.

"The ice cream itself - oh, my gosh! - is incredible!" he exclaimed. "Some of the best ice cream in the state is actually produced on these farms."

The ice cream trail is described at http://marylandsbest.net.

Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD