We've been to some amazing places in the last two years, and we have even named our overall top soft serve and hard ice cream spots in the state. Will one of this year's ice cream parlors be a new favorite? We will see - and our family has agreed to do the hard work of eating ice cream each week to determine the answer.
|Top left corner, then clockwise: The Whippy Dip, Decorah;|
Hansen's Dairy, Hudson; Blue Bunny, LeMars; Birdsall's, Mason City;
Snookies Malt Shop, Des Moines; Heyn's Ice Cream, Iowa City;
Viking Drive-Inn, Ventura; Stan's Drive-In, Osage
New Day Dairy farm in rural Clarksville. Dan and Lynn Bolin, owners and operators of New Day Dairy, were kind enough to show us around their robotic dairy farm during the first week of the month.
|Miss A loved talking to the cows|
I couldn't help but think of our pig barns while visiting New Day Dairy. We have several automated features that allow us too to be more efficient and have more flexibility. But every once in awhile something goes wrong and our pig buildings call us - literally call our phones. In fact they call My Farmer first, me second and our home phone third (and then repeated if necessary but that usually never needs to happen). The Bolin's dairy barn does the same thing. Rita calls anytime of day (or night!) if something is not right.
|A view from the loft. |
Rita is in the white box in the center of the barn.
|Miss A, Mr. K and Miss L checking out|
the baby calves
Following our tour at New Day Dairy (which I'm pretty sure their kids and our kids could have played for hours) we traveled into the town of Clarksville and went to Baking Memories. Baking Memories is a new ice cream shop in a familiar ice cream location. They serve many flavors of Iowa's own Blue Bunny Ice Cream in whatever way you'd like - cup, cone, shake or sundae. It was the perfect treat after a sunny, summer day! (Update - Baking Memories is out of business so we recommend you stop in nearby Shell Rock, Iowa at The Shell Rock Scoop which serves WW Homestead Dairy ice cream!)
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