South Mountain Creamery was excited to host Governor Larry Hogan on the farm on June 8, 2022 to kick off Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail! The Ice Cream Trail features 10 farm creameries, including South Mountain Creamery, that make their own ice cream and invites Marylanders to visit each one throughout the summer on an exciting ice cream adventure. Visitors can even download the Ice Cream Trail Passport to check off locations on their journey. From those who have visited all ten, a winner is selected to receive a $50 gift card to the creamery of their choice.

“There’s nothing like farm fresh ice cream on a hot summer day,” said Governor Hogan in an official press release. “These creameries produce some of the best with fresh Maryland dairy products and local produce. Taking part in the trail only supports this vital part of our agricultural community, and gives Marylanders and visitors to our state the opportunity to explore the beauty Maryland has to offer from the mountains to the beaches.”

Governor Hogan was joined by Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Joseph Bartenfelder, as well as visitors from Visit Frederick, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, and Frederick County Office of Economic Development. There was also a very special appearance by the Maryland Dairy Princess!

South Mountain Creamery owners Tony and Abby Brusco and Ben and Kate Sowers gave Governor Hogan a tour of the creamery and farm while he sampled a few flavors of ice cream.

According to an article from the Frederick News-Post, Hogan added, “Farm families work so much harder than most people realize — and how to be creative to be able to stay afloat and continue to have the ability to operate a farm successfully. They seem to have really done a terrific job. And the ice cream is really good too!”