FEDERALSBURG — Nice Farms Creamery, a family-owned dairy in Federalsburg, has joined the ranks as a featured stop on the 2020 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. The list compiled by the Maryland Department of Agriculture features 10 creameries that will be open around the state from July 10 until Sept. 26.
“The Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail is a great way to promote the hard work of our dairy farmers while encouraging families to get a first-hand look at the farms that produce our food and fiber while keeping in mind social distancing and best practices to mitigate COVID-19,” said Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder.
Nice Farms owner Bob Miller and his wife Jaclynne started the creamery in 2009 after Bob resigned his commission from the Army.
“Beginning this journey wasn’t the easiest because when we first started, all the local banks turned us down for a loan,” Jaclynne said.”They thought the ideas of a creamery on a farm was not profitable, and that we wouldn’t be able to pay the loan back.”
The Millers built the entire creamery by hand except for the plumbing and electric and received a small business loan from the Caroline County Commissioners that helped them get started.
“They got us rolling with that loan,” she said. “It turned a dream into a reality, and we were able to get things going and buy supplies.”
In 2012, the business grew so fast that they had to double the size of their main building.
“Currently, we are supplying dairy to a few local grocery stores, farmers markets and Rise Up Coffee,” she added.
In 2015, they started producing and dipping ice cream on the farm. They currently offer dipped ice cream, chocolate sundaes, waffle bowls, root beer floats, milkshakes and Italian sorbet.
“We wanted to offer the Italian sorbetto, which is like Italian ice, for people with dairy allergies,” said Jaclynne. “We want to make sure that everyone is able to try something from our farm.”
Customers are welcome on the farm for ice cream from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and for dairy products from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“We make everything ourselves with our own ingredients and recipes,” Jacklynne said. “Everything is from scratch, and we are really proud of that.”
In the news release announcing the ice cream shops on the 2020 Ice Cream Trail, Gov. Larry Hogan said, “While our state continues to carefully reopen, I am excited to see the return of Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Dairy farmers are an integral part of our state’s agricultural industry. This promotion is a great way to support hard working family farms while continuing to follow guidance on social distancing and face coverings.”