Every year since Skibbles has been born, we have gone to a pumpkin patch with Andrew’s brother and his family to the same location of a large farm in Pennsylvania. We have also gone by ourselves with some friends to a smaller, local to us farm here in New Jersey. One was extremely small and one was very commercialized and overstimulating for the entire family. This year, our sister-in-law recommended that we go to a smaller farm in Pennsylvania that she heard about called Chester Springs Creamery at Milky Way Farm for their Fall Harvest. It didn’t take much convincing – she had me on board at creamery.
They have the standard flavors like chocolate and strawberry, but they also have seasonal flavors and non-traditional combinations inside the creamery like Joy’s Peanut Butter Fudge, Jingle’s Peppermint Stick, Trudy’s Raspberry Truffle, and Paradise’s Pina Colada Sorbet. We got Skibbles Summer’s sweet strawberry, while Andrew had a combination of Beau’s Brownie Bliss and Caramel’s Dulce de Leche, and I had Autumn Harvest Cheesecake. We swooned over the creamy and bold flavors that poured out in each bite we had. All the flavors are named after the cows on Milky Way Farm where the milk for the ice cream comes from. And the hot apple cider. Oh, the cider. It’s absolutely remarkable.
After leaving the creamery, we went to see the small petting farm area they had. There were lambs and goats, chickens, pigs (but no touching them, apparently they can bite!), geese, and a precious 5 week old calf named Holly. Skibbles was obsessed with Holly for most of our visit and kept walking back over to her and giving her a hug and telling us how soft she was. Towards the end of the visit, she got a goat to come over to her and she was amazingly excited to feed him grass.
After playing with the animals, we waited in a short line to take a hayride around the farm. Believe it or not, Andrew has NEVER been on a hayride before. I couldn’t believe it when I heard him say this. We loved that we received a brief history lesson about the farm, including that many of the buildings on the premises are original and most were built between 1790s and 1820s and that the family still lives in the farmhouse.
We finally arrived in the pumpkin patch that was very spread out and even though there were dozens of people in the fields looking for the perfect pumpkin for their family, it seemed like we were alone at the same time. We learned that some of the larger pumpkins are brought in; however, many of the pumpkins are grown right there on the premises. We even found some still attached to the vines and Skibbles had fun playing with the vines. We ended up finding a few perfect pumpkins for our family and they have extremely reasonable prices for their pumpkins. We took the walking trail back to the main area and it was the perfect ending to the day.
Chester Springs Creamery also offers a range of other produce, farm fresh eggs, and merchandise for sale. Additionally, they offer birthday parties and farm tours. It was the perfect experience for our family and we can’t wait to go back again next year!