By January, it doesn’t matter if June Girouard is at the bank or the grocery store, everybody asks her the same question. They want to know when the dairy bar will open. “If I’m the least bit negative, they say oh you have to,” said Ms. Girouard, who runs the Murdock Farm Dairy Bar. Ms. Girouard has worked the dairy bar with her husband since they opened it together 50 years ago in June 1964 — a year before they married. “We’ve seen a lot of other places come and go,” she said. “But we’re still here.”
They opened the ice cream bar as a way to use the excess milk the farm’s herd of 150 cows was producing. In those days, every part of the process was completed on the farm from milking the cows to serving the ice cream to customers. Since then, things have changed. In 2001, Mr. Girouard and his two brother who co-own the farm sold the herd as it was no longer cost effective. They’ve also had to sell off parcels of land to make it through the “lean years.”
However, today, the ice cream is still made from scratch in the backroom of the dairy bar on Tuesdays and Fridays, according to Ms. Girouard. The ice cream bar’s birthday will be celebrated quietly. However, the owners have partnered with the 250th Committee to create two new flavors for this season: Toy Town Treat and Clyde’s Surprise.
While the ice creams may have been designed in honor of yesteryear, the flavors are trendy. Toy Town Treat is a cinnamon sugar ice cream with little bits of bacon mixed into it. The bacon is chewy and adds a bit of spice to the otherwise sweet concoction. Clyde’s Surprise is, simply put, an explosion of sugar and the color pink. It’s cotton candy base is spruced up with a mix of skittles and sprinkles. “The kids love that,” said Ms. Girouard.
The ice creams were created with the help of the Anniversary 250th Committee who met with the Girouards in March for a “design the ice cream party,” said 250th spokeswoman Janet Corbosiero. They wanted to create a children’s flavor and an adult’s flavor. For the less adventurous ice cream connoisseur, Murdock Farm Dairy Bar sells the classics, such as vanilla and chocolate, and what Ms. Girouard calls “old-time flavors” such as orange pineapple.
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