Usually the reward for eating lots of ice cream is an upset stomach, but not anymore. On June 20, Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance and Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting opened Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Modeled after Maryland’s wine trails, the Ice Cream Trail features dairy farms that produce their own ice cream and sell it directly to consumers.
To celebrate this first-in-the-nation trail, the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is having a contest. Anyone who visits each of the trail’s seven stops will have a chance to be named Maryland’s Best 2012 Ice Cream Trailblazer.
The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to a creamery of his/her choice, a copy of The Maryland Harvest, an hour-long film about Maryland chefs and their partnership with local farmers, and a signed copy of the cookbook Dishing Up Maryland by Lucie Snodgrass.
Simply have your passport stamped at each creamery and then return your passport to the MDA by September 7 to qualify for the grand prize.
While on your ice cream quest, you can also search for hidden geocaches with your iPhone or other handheld GPS device.
For more information, and to download a passport, visit www.marylandsbest.net.
Editor’s Note: Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge runs July 21-29. Explore the ice cream trail for a sweet way to buy local.
Chris Milazzo is an editorial intern at Maryland Life.