There’s still plenty of summer left, and ice cream is a special part of the season. Few things are better than a cone at the end of a hot day. But not just any ice cream will do — summer calls for ice cream directly from the farm. Here are ten spots in Massachusetts to get farm fresh ice cream.
Rice Fruit Farm
757 Main St., Wilbraham
The Rice Fruit Farm has some long-running history after Jesse Rice established the farm in the late 1800s. Now, the restored farm sells fruit and baked goods from muffin tops to apple cider donuts. Ice cream is made in small batches directly on the farm. Take a trip in the fall for apple picking, too. ricefruitfarm.com
400 Littleton Road (Rt. 110), Westford (multiple locations)
Kimball Farm has 80 years to perfect its ice cream. The first Kimball Farm ice cream was sold in 1939 out of a converted woodshed. Now, you can get more than 50 flavors at the farm. Kimball Farm also has locations in Lancaster and Carlisle, MA, and Jaffrey, NH, but the Westford location has many kid-friendly offerings in addition to ice cream. Mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats and cars, a zipline, arcade, daily live animal shows and weekend pony rides provide enough to do for a full day of family fun. kimballfarm.com.
156 South Main Street (Rte 114), Middleton
In 1952, Ben and Hazen Richardson set out to make “One Perfect Ice Cream.” Today, you can visit the working dairy farm for a whole day of fun complete with mini golf, batting cages, a driving range and ice cream. Grab a half gallon to enjoy later. richardsonsicecream.com.
The Ice Cream Barn
Baker Farm, 289 Locust St., Swansea
A local partnership brought a dairy farm and an ice cream-making couple together. All of the Ice Cream Barn’s ice cream is made on-site using Baker Farm milk. Make sure to bring cash. theicecreambarn.com.
Gibby’s Famous Ice Cream
Gibson’s Dairy, 50 Sunderland Rd., Worcester
Just look for the red barn to find Gibson’s Dairy Farms ice cream. The farm, which also offers local milk delivery, offers dozens of flavors of ice cream from a family recipe. You can also find soft serve and frozen yogurt at the stand. gibsonsdairy.com.
The Apple Place
540 Somers Rd., East Longmeadow
Pick up some apples along with your cone. The family-run fruit farm has over 50 kinds of apples, an on-site bakery and ice cream from Massachusetts’ Maple Valley Creamery, made from local milk and cream. Soft serve is also available. theappleplace.net/
Smiarowski Farm Stand & Creamery
320 River Rd., Sunderland
This farm stand offers fruit, vegetables and flowers for purchase alongside its ice cream. Grab some Polish food while you’re there as well for a precursor to the dessert. facebook.com.
407 Bay Rd., Sharon
Crescent Ridge’s small-batch ice cream is definitely well known — National Geographic named it one of the top 10 places to get ice cream. The Dairy Stand offers dozens of flavors along with other treats, like cakes and ice cream bars called “Cressies.” You can also find it in stores near Boston. crescentridge.com.
Rota Spring Farm
117 Chace Hill Rd., Sterling
Their tagline -- “a herd of flavor in every scoop” -- is no lie, but the deliciously creamy ice cream is just one reason to visit this third generation dairy farm. Stop in the farm store for fresh produce and homemade pastries and jams. Their family-friendly goat petting zoo is fun for kids and adults, alike. rotaspringfarm.com.
246 Prospect St., Norwell
You can get old-fashioned homemade ice cream and even farm-churned butter at this gem in Norwell. Their tradition of minimal pasteurization gives the milk a sweet farm flavor. The dairy store is open year round, but the ice cream season is fleeting. Get scoops from April through mid-October. hornstrafarms.com.