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Rich Farm

691 Oxford Rd., Oxford, CT - (203) 881-1040
Posted By Michael Stern on October 15, 2008 5:37 PM
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 only recently started making and selling 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 excellent 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. 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 delicious!

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.
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Posted By Mark Kaupe on June 16, 2007 12:38 PM
First good spring day in Connecticut brought everyone out to enjoy the sunshine and some very good ice cream. There were many people sitting in the sun, at the picnic tables and on the grass.

I had two scoops, German Chocolate Cake and Almond Joy, in a waffle cone. The German chocolate had large pieces of cake with pecan caramel mixed in. The Almond Joy surprised me, as I expected a white coconut ice cream with almonds and chocolate mixed in. It actually was a pleasant surprise as both flavors really complemented each other.

The problem is that their many unique flavors cannot be seen from the order counter and you feel as if you are holding up the line if you cannot make up your mind quickly.

Many of my Roadfood destinations involve me taking the two dogs along. Frisco and Ursa felt that the vanilla had a rich, creamy and smooth texture...

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Posted By Kimberley Shelton on August 7, 2003 10:51 PM
My family and I eagerly await the day we see the ice cream sign hanging up along Route 67 in Oxford each spring. This tells us that our favorite ice cream parlor is open for the season. Rich Farm has a large variety of fresh and delicious ice cream, with great portion sizes for a relatively small price. There is nothing like sitting outdoors in the country air eating either a dish or waffle cone of this frozen treat. Word-of-mouth has made this place very popular, and it can get pretty busy there in the evening so try to get there in the afternoon if possible. Enjoy!
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