Abbey Guell and Judy Schmitz wait on a customer on the opening day of Kelley’s Country Creamery near Eden on Friday (March 2). This is the third season for the on-farm old-fashioned ice cream store that utilizes cream from the Kelley family’s herd.
Photo By Gloria Hafemeister
Kelley Country Creamery opens for the season
It's a sure sign of spring when an ice cream store opens for the season.
A steady flow of customers welcomed the season opening of Kelley Country Creamery near Eden on Friday (March 2).
Customers came for bulk ice cream to take home and for cones to eat while they visited with neighbors and friends and watched the cows on the Kelley family's farm nearby.
They also picked up fresh cookies baked in the same kitchen where the Kelley's bake their waffle cones.
This is the third season for the on-farm shop that serves award-winning old-fashioned premium ice cream made with milk from the Kelley family's dairy farm.
Since 1861 the Kelley family has cared for the cows and land for five generations. In 2010, Tim and Karen Kelley, along with their five children brought the farmstead full circle using their non-homogenized milk produced by 65-dairy cows on the Kelley family farm to make a high quality local product.
This month the Kelley's are also celebrating their Irish roots with St. Patrick's Day specials throughout March. These include:
• Top of the Mornin' - Kelley's Irish Cream Ice Cream topped with hot fudge and cream de menthe;
• Pot of Gold - Whitewash Vanilla Ice Cream topped with caramel, bananas and pecans;
• End of the Rainbow - Cow Jumped Over the Moon Ice Cream topped with marshmallow, rainbow sprinkles and a candy rainbow; and,
• Shamrock Sundae - Lee's Mint Ice Cream topped with hot fudge, marshmallow, shamrock sprinkles and a shamrock cookie.
The flavor of the month is new this year and brings together Wisconsin's two leading industries. "Moo Brew" is a beer-flavored ice cream that combines a specialty dark Wisconsin beer with Kelley's old-fashioned ice cream.
An opening day feature honored Dr. Seuss's 108th birthday. "Green Eggs and Ham" Sundae includes Green Ice Cream topped with hot fudge and a candy version of green eggs and ham. Of course, all sundaes come with whipped cream and a cherry.
The milk from the 65-dairy cows on the Kelley family farm is hand-crafted into old-fashioned premium ice cream at the farmstead creamery.
A viewing window in the ice cream parlor allows visitors to watch milk be made into ice cream before their eyes while enjoying their favorite flavor at the same time.
"We wanted to bring back that old-fashioned, hand-dipped ice cream that has become a lost art," says co-owner Karen Kelley.
She adds, "Our creamery is a destination to relax and enjoy our old-fashioned premium ice cream. There are always new flavors in the making so stop in often and see what new creation has been developed."
Karen, the family creamsmith, enjoys coming up with new and unique flavors including, Whitewash Vanilla, Udderly Comforting Chocolate and Leo's Butter Pecan.
Be sure to try a one-of-a-kind flavor like Karen's Crazy Cake, Maple Bacon or Caramel Pretzel Cluster.
Select one of several signature sundaes such as the Farmers Wife or the Slow Moving Vehicle. Recently, the Creamery added two new flavors "Super Moo" and "Graham Central Station" to the more than 170-plus unique and delicious flavors.
Kelley's was voted Top Ice Cream Parlor in Wisconsin in 2010 by USA Today. In addition, the Creamery has earned top honors at the Los Angeles International Dairy Competition and World Dairy Expo Dairy Product Contest.
For a special event or celebration, Kelley Country Creamery adds a new dimension and flavor with ice cream wedding cakes, Diamond Drops and Sundae Bars for that special day. Karen says, "We just use our imagination and come up with all kinds of ideas."
They recently featured some of their new flavors at "The Taste of Fond du lac County" event. On March 3 they brought their special ice creams to the Fond du Lac Ag Expo at the Fairgrounds.
Kelley Country Creamery is located six miles south of Fond du Lac, just one mile east of Hwy. 41 on County Road B at W5215 County Road B.
The 2012 season began on March 2 and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Starting April 30, summer hours will be 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Choose daily among 20-plus flavors of premium farmstead ice cream.
To learn more about Kelley Country Creamery, visit www.kelleycountrycreamery.com
or call 920-923-1715.