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Ferris Acres Creamery: From Cow to Cone

On any given evening, cars line the street, a herd of cows gently moo, and families stand in line to enjoy a 150+ year old farms’ ice cream confections at Ferris Acres Creamery in Newtown.  If the Creamery were a character in a movie, it would be straight out of central casting. I can almost hear the talent scout now.

“Yeah, we're looking for a quaint dairy farm nestled in a bucolic town on a quiet country road. A friendly herd of cows would be great, yeah.... and let’s toss in some green rolling hills and make sure there are plenty of smiling families standing by.”

Ferris Acres Creamery has been attracting such smiling families and ice cream-avores who are attracted to the farm's location and the playful variety of over 30 flavors, many of them locally inspired including Cow Trax (peanut butter ice cream with caramel swirls and mini chocolate chips) Route 302 Moo (chocolate ice cream with swirls of fudge and chocolate chips), the M.J Rell (mint chocolate chip with green sprinkles) Stony Path (their version of rocky road) and my personal favorite Elvis’ Dream (vanilla ice cream with chunks of bananas, peanut butter swirls and chocolate chips).

Steeped in history, the land was first purchased in 1864 by William David Baldwin Ferris but it wasn’t until mid-century with the purchase of Holstein cows that the families transformed the operation into a dairy farm. Ferris Acres began selling ice cream in 2004 in an effort to turn a profit in an ailing dairy industry and saved the ailing 80-acre dairy farm which today stakes its claim as the last commercial dairy herd in Fairfield County.

The occasional moo, endless and playful ice cream flavors mixed with the inimitable scent of the bovines and long lines, force us to all slow down a little and enjoy the blockbuster we all love, summer, and its leading character in northern Fairfield County, Ferris Acres Creamery.

Ferris Acres Creamery is located on 144 Sugar Street (yes, seriously) which is also Rt. 302 in Newtown, CT. Open seven days a week from 12 noon to 9 pm.

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You can quite literally throw a dart at their board of flavors and walk away happy...

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Love, love, love Ferris Acres. Maple Walnut and Elvis' Dream are my go-to's.

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCTBurgerlover

All the flavors looks so appealing but I always come back to my go-to which is Elvis' Dream too!

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

ok, so I live in newtown and have gone to ferris several times, but when the mood strikes, I drive to Oxford for my ice cream fix. Not blown away by ferris' ice cream as much as the line of people would suggest.

You should check out Rich Farm in Oxford CT. I haven't seen cows there, but like ferris, it is a working dairy farm. Try the razzmanian devil, butter pecan, pistachios (so many nuts), but my favorite and go-to flavor is their black cherry vanilla. While you're there, bring home a pint or two, because you'll def want more when the craving strikes.

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

Danielle, that sounds like the perfect road trip. I'll let you know what I think and who knows, it may end up as a post here on CTbites :)

August 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

My wife and I make nearly a weekly pilgrimage to Ferris Acres when its open. I've taken multiple out of town friends to the farm and they've almost all said its the best ice cream they've ever had.

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

I am pretty sure Ferris is opening next week for the season. I will check back and post about it. Naturally, I'll have to taste-test as well.

April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

My 2011 ice cream season officially kicked off last Monday with my first visit to Rich's. I enjoyed their "small" cone which had a large scoop of cherry vanilla and a large scoop of caramel swirl in a sugar cone. This summer I may have to do the Tri-Fecta one night, Rich's, Ferris and Mikes. A guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do.

I grew up in Oxford and one of my family's favorite night's out includes fried seafood at Denmo's in Southbury then ice cream at Rich's Farm. You'll need a nap after, but it's worth it!

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Their peach ice cream is to die for!!!

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna Y

We always said, at some point, we would do a double-double ice cream visit one weekend and this was the weekend...Rich's in Oxford and Ferris in Newtown.

Rich's - Caramel Swirl and Cherry Vanilla. I think the caramel swirl is too sweet, I almost could not finish but I took one for the team and ate the entire scoop. Onto the Cherry Vanilla and the vanilla base is great and the cherries are delicious, both sweet and soft. The clear winner at Rich's is the Cherry Vanilla.

Ferris - Elvis' Dream and Bada Bing (I am from NJ). I love chocolate and bananas and add peanut butter and vanilla ice cream to the mix and it has tremendous potential. And Ferris delivered. The base is dense and creamy, the bananas are great and the chocolate and peanut butter swirl are delicious. At this point my meter already is leaning to Ferris. Then the Bada Bing appeared. Chocolate ice cream with chocolate bits and cherries. This is even better than the Elvis Dream. Great chocolate base, good chocolate chunks and delicious cherries. The best scoop of the weekend.

So my winner in the head-to-head is Ferris. The Bada Bing was a clear winner. I would give the Elvis Dream a slight nod over Rich's Cherry Vanilla and the Caramel Swirl was a distant fourth. My wife voted for Rich’s over Ferris, so we will call the weekend a perfect split.

September 25, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff "jfood" Schlesinger

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