When it's summer in Western Connecticut, it's time for ice cream at Rich Farm. In business for more than a century and known to travelers as a farm stand selling tomatoes and corn fresh off the vine, Rich Farm also sells ice cream made using cream from the family's herd of dairy cows.
It's an extraordinarily happy place, set back from the road up a country driveway and overshadowed by a couple of silos. Below the silos is a barn where the cows hang out, and where children (as well as adults) are welcome to peek in and see them. When you're hungry, study the menu posted on the side of the building, place your order at the order window, then carry your cone, sundae, or banana boat to a picnic table under the flapping American flag.
The ice cream is fresh, innocent, and fun to eat: not sinfully rich or overly sophisticated. Just good ice cream, the kind that perfectly rounds out a lazy summer afternoon. The flavor repertoire is broad, including excellent maple-walnut, mocha almond fudge, and chocolate peanut butter swirl. A few years back, in honor of June being National Dairy Month, Rich Farms concocted Purple Cow (black raspberry ice cream with chocolate chunks), Brown Cow (chocolate ice cream with chocolate brownie bits), Cow Pie (chocolate ice cream with raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chunks), Holstein (vanilla with fudge swirl), and Cowabunga (coconut with pineapple chunks).
There are sundae toppings from fudge to Gummie Bears; and if you order an ice cream cone you must select from among three choices: waffle cone, sugar cone, or wafer cone. All of life's decisions should be so rewarding!
In the fall, as ice cream season winds down, Rich Farm is known as the place to go for pumpkins, Indian corn, and hay rides.
"A scoop of rum raisin and a scoop of Razzmanian Devil. The latter was the consensus favorite of the group."
"The peaches & cream is smooth and light on the tongue."
"Service with a smile."
"Spiced apple is a popular autumn flavor."
"Eating ice cream in a real farm setting is a real pleasure."
"A friendly monument to the right of the order windows"
"All dining facilities are outdoors at picnic tables. Note the milk cans at the far right of the photo. They dilineate the parking lot. Out of camera range at the far right is the cow barn."
"The Rich Farm road sign on Route 67 in Oxford CT: a welcome sight when you're in the mood for some of the finest farm fresh ice cream in the world. "
"Route 67 is an old country road; and Rich Farm is a taste of the way life used to be when Connecticut was known for its dairy farms."