POCOPSON >> Ever since Dairy Queen moved out of Kennett Square, residents have had to travel quite a distance to get soft-serve ice cream. But starting this weekend, Baily’s Dairy of Pocopson Meadow Farm will start serving soft-serve ice cream in seven flavors.
“We’ve never had ice cream, and with so many people coming to the farm to hang out, we thought this would be a nice little addition,” said Meredith Baily, who works the 143-year-old family farm off Lenape-Unionville Road with her father, Bernard, and her sister Becky and brother in law, Eric Cockcroft. “They can come, bring the kids, and enjoy the animals and have a cone.”
Over the winter, the Baily family acquired an ice cream truck and restored it. Years ago, members of the family met an Italian dairy farmer in Baltimore who specializes in premium desserts for high-end restaurants. Together, they worked to develop the perfect soft-serve ice cream in the lab and did many taste tests.
“He developed a mix that is just right for us,” Baily said. “This is made with all natural ingredients and we think it’s pretty good. I’m excited for people to try it.”
The milk comes from the family’s 70 cows on the site. A Taylor ice cream machine delivers the final product.
“There really aren’t many soft serve places around here,” Baily said. “We wanted to try this out.”
Soft serve is generally lower in milk-fat (3% to 6%) than ice cream (10% to 18%) and is produced at a temperature of about 25 degrees compared to ice cream, which is stored at 5 degrees above zero.
Baily said the ice cream truck may eventually be transported to local events.
“We don’t want to book anything right now,” she said. “We want to figure it out and see if the people really like it.”
The gluten-free vanilla soft serve ice cream is Baily’s own mix, and comes in seven different “flavor-burst” varieties: strawberry, chocolate, blackberry, butter pecan, buggle gum and orange.
There are also eight flavors of milkshakes.
Cones are $3 each, and a waffle cone is $5. Toppings -- sprinkles or caramel sauce -- are 50-cents each. Regular cups are $4 and kids’ half cups are 3.
There’s tons of produce we have now in season, like strawberries, asparagus, beets, onions, lettuce, all local,” Baily said. “We’re hoping ice cream goes with it.”
For now, the ice cream will be sold Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.