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.
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.
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.
“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.
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1154 Fadden Road, Abbotsford