Birchwood Dairy – FVP Spotlight – 08.15.11

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

If you’re looking for the kind of place that has it all—fun for the kids, yummy treats and shopping for the adults—your might want to check out Birchwood Dairy. Not only do they carry their own ice cream (in a variety of delicious flavours), they also have a petting zoo, viewing area and place to visit the calves.

Birchwood Dairy is owned by Grace and Len Krahn with two of their sons, Richard and Ryan.

The Krahn family opened the dairy in its current location (on the Sumas Prairie) in 1968 and opened the market in the early 1980s. The dairy sits on approximately 200 acres in the Fraser Valley—with magnificent views of the mountains—and is home to around 150 milking cows and 150 young stock.

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The market boasts the dairy’s own products, all of which are processed onsite. The dairy produces 50 delightful flavours of gourmet ice cream—including After Dinner Mint, Chocoholic, Fudgy French Vanilla, Funky Monkey, Orange Smoothie and Cherry Custard—and also provides frozen yogurt, feta cheese, cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, sour cream and cheddar curd. The market sells these products plus fresh fruit and veggies, fudge and eggs. If you need something more substantial than ice cream, the deli counter offers soups and sandwiches.

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There’s a lot for kids at Birchwood Dairy, too. A petting zoo (run through the summer) houses incredibly friendly (and curious) goats, sheep and horses. People who want to see the cows being milked can go to the viewing room, or they can visit the maternity and calf barn, to see the newest additions to the Birchwood Dairy family. When the weather’s nice, there are plenty of outside areas to sit, eat, relax or visit with friends in the fresh air.

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“People love coming to the country,” Grace Krahn says. “They can come out and spend two to three hours here. It’s a nice place to come and relax and have the atmosphere of a real working farm. It’s a very scenic place.” Birchwood Dairy is part of the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour – a fabulous way to discover other local artisans and producers in our Fraser Valley.

Stop by Birchwood Dairy, treat yourself to gourmet ice cream and enjoy a relaxing afternoon in the country. We have a $50 gift certificate for one lucky reader to spend at Birchwood Dairy. Please leave a note below to be entered to win. Winner will be drawn at random on August 26, 2011.

For an extra chance to win, please post the following on Twitter: “I entered to win $50 to spend at Birchwood Dairy in #Abbotsford! You should enter, too! http://ow.ly/622Lh @FVPulse

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Kate, who has been contacted. This contest is now closed. 

Birchwood Dairy
www.birchwooddairy.com
 1154 Fadden Road, Abbotsford



Contributor: Heidi Turner

Heidi Turner is a freelance writer who lives in Abbotsford with her cats and a bearded dragon. She is a senior legal correspondent for Lawyers and Settlements and writes for Cloverleaf Country Magazine and Special Families Magazine. She also writes a blog about freelance writing called TheHappyFreelancer.com. Heidi enjoys sports, the arts and travel. She is thinking of getting a dog to keep her cats in line, because they are starting to show a little too much attitude. @heidi_turner



91 Responses to “Birchwood Dairy – FVP Spotlight – 08.15.11”

  1. Rhonda says:

    mmmm Birchwood ice cream.
    thanx for the chance!

  2. Yvette S says:

    Love Birchwood Dairy – the BEST ice cream and blackberry yoghurt…would love to win a $50.00 gift certificate…

  3. carol says:

    I love ice cream so will have to visit now that summer is here.

  4. Cristal says:

    YUMMY ICECREAM! Hope I .. I mean my kids..win ;)

  5. Cathy Clattenburg says:

    I Love icecream, would love to win and treat my friends!!!!!

  6. Kelly says:

    I will bring my sister for licorice ice cream!!!

  7. Liz Harris says:

    I love ice cream.

  8. Jenny says:

    Another bonus, Birchwood ice-cream doesn’t upset my daughter’s and my lactose-intolerant tummies!

  9. I would love to enjoy some ice cream at Birchwood (especially with prego cravings!)

  10. Kelly says:

    One 0f my favourites!

  11. Pat says:

    Love this ice cream…the Kraun family are good people too!

  12. Loraine says:

    I love Birchwood Dariy, and my kids love it there too! A great place to visit!

  13. Aleece says:

    I am entering this on behalf of my Mom Cathy, she LOVES Birchwood Dairy Ice cream! especially Maple Walnut :) She typically ALWAYS has a at least one tub in the freezer…of course me and my two sisters love it too!

  14. Leona says:

    I would love to win some Birchwood Dairy Ice cream!

  15. Ruth says:

    We have made the drive in our el camino, on our motorcycle and in our regular car, and its always been a highlight destination. The animals are fun for all ages and the outside tables are a wonderful place to sit and enjoy our favorite flavors……Delicious!

  16. Katie says:

    Birchwood ice cream, oh yes please!

  17. Derek says:

    Top pick is the Chocoholic! Recommended #1 Can’t go wrong with 4 types of chocolate blended together to create a masterpiece.

  18. Chrystalyn says:

    Sounds really yummy…. usually have to go to Ed & Eilleens Dairy just accross the line for the best ice cream ever. Can’t wait to try out somewhere closer to home!!

  19. Heidi says:

    Thanks for letting us know about this farm!

  20. Corie says:

    If you haven’t visited Birchwood before, take your family and enjoy the treat. Great atmosphere and products, definately the best ice cream around!

  21. Alexis says:

    i love birchwood dairy. ice cream is one of my favourite things to eat in the summer

  22. Maureen says:

    We will definitely visit this dairy. We love ice cream

  23. Marni says:

    mmm mmm mmm! Love Birchwood Dairy!

  24. Kristine says:

    The best ice cream in B.C.

  25. Naomi says:

    Mmmm…I’ve been here before it’s worth checking out. Time to bring my 15month old to the farm.

  26. Jackie K. says:

    Wondered how the “Summer of 2011″ affected the ice cream business at Birchwood Dairy? But it appears with all the comments its – weather what weather? Continued success to you!

  27. Kenia S says:

    What a lovely place to take the children on a sunny day!

  28. Jennifer says:

    I love Birchwood Dairy! Their ice cream is delicious and their fudge is divine as well.

  29. Dave V. says:

    Just recently moved out to Sumas Prairie and now drive past Birchwood every day to and from work. Naturally it frequently entices us to stop and buy their amazing ice cream!

  30. Aimee Wiebe says:

    Grew up going to Birchwood! Love it there!

  31. I grew up in Abbotsford when there was a Birchwood Dairy store in the mall. I would get an ice cream cone literally every single time I set foot in that mall. I can barely imagine how much happiness $50 from Birchwood Dairy could buy!

  32. Lynne Robson says:

    yummm Icecream!

  33. ooohhhh yessssss! Birchwood Hedgehog….. nom nom nom. already got the annual date booked for this year’s ‘joint birthday ice cream celebration’ at Birchwood… would be a treat to have that gratis :D

  34. Heather says:

    Would love to try your icecream! Sounds yummy!

  35. Lois Patterson says:

    (Sorry if this is a duplicate.)
    This sounds like a great excuse to get out to the valley!

  36. Stacy Bredo says:

    I moved to the Valley last year and I am having lot’s of fun exploring it, would love to win! :)

  37. Areta says:

    I would love to try it! Here’s my entry!

  38. Jane says:

    OMG, I loooooooove anything dairy, esp ice cream. winning this wud be perfect for me.

  39. Debby Simcoe says:

    Grey and black licorice….elegant to serve; culinary CLASSIC.

  40. Karen Jarvis says:

    Peaceful place to hang out and enjoy the fresh Valley air!! Not to mention..fun for the..kids!! Baaaaaaaaaa!!

  41. Dee says:

    I would love to win! Ice cream is my favorite desert. Nice to get out in the country and visit these places. Thankyou very much.

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