Young’s Jersey Dairy a top destination for friends and families
By Ginny McCabe
Young’s Jersey Dairy, a farm-focused haven, has become a must-stop destination for fun and making lasting memories. Whether you’re planning a daytrip or multiple visits, there are plenty of things to do on the farm this fall. Of course, a visit is not complete without a taste of Young’s famous cheese, Deep Fried Cheddar Cheese Curds or ice cream, which they make on the premises.
“We have evolved into a destination place where folks like to bring their families, especially on the weekends, but really all year around to experience the farm and all the various things we have going on here. We’re creating memories and traditions,” says Dan Young, CEO/chief ice cream dipper at Young’s Jersey Dairy.
Attracting about 1.2 million visitors per year, Young’s has become a place where families, extended families and groups of friends gather to have fun. It’s a place to relax and enjoy everything the farm has to offer for a few hours or all day. Parents and grandparents can spend time with their children and grandchildren. Also, there are plenty of first dates and engagements of which Young’s has been a part.
“(One) leg of what works here are the first six words of our mission statement, which are the most important six words at Young’s, ‘We create fun for our customers,’” Young says.
If you’re hungry the fun begins at The Dairy Store or The Golden Jersey Inn—the two restaurants on the property. Comfort food like homemade chicken and dumplings, buttermilk chicken and beef and noodles are among the favorites at The Golden Jersey Inn.
Offering more than 80 flavors (at different times) the homemade ice cream and milkshakes are popular with visitors of all ages. Pumpkin Ice Cream from The Dairy Store is the biggest seasonal ice cream flavor, which will be offered in late August through the end of the year.
“That’s really a big deal. A lot of people enjoy the Pumpkin Ice Cream we make here. In essence, it’s the same ingredients used to make a Pumpkin pie, it’s just a lot colder,” Young says.
At the 149-year old farm, guests can see the goats or watch staff milking the cows. They still milk cows twice a day, 365 days a year. Children and their families enjoy visiting the play areas and sitting on top of a vintage tractor for a photo opportunity. Udders and Putters is also popular with two miniature golf courses, batting cages and a driving range.
In addition to the year-round offerings, Young’s also has a busy fall planned with special events like The 23rd annual Wool Gathering Sept. 15-16, featuring more than 75 vendors from 11 states. Saturday hours for the Wool Gathering are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cowvin’s Corny Maze is another highlight, which opens weekends on Aug. 4 (then on Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily.) Also, on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Young’s will host the 17th Annual Vintage Truck Magazine/Young’s Truck Show, featuring more than 100 vintage and antique trucks.
The 42nd annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival will be held Oct. 6-7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests of all ages also love Young’s “Pick Your Own Pumpkin,” which is complete with a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Enjoy 30 acres of pumpkin fun from Sept. 22 through Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
“Guests that have been coming here for generations have had great experiences here, and they like to share those experiences with others. If you go to Instagram or on social media and look for the hashtag #youngsdairy you are going to see thousands of pictures of visitors from all over the world. Most of them are smiling, having a great time here at Young’s and they’re so happy that they wanted to share that,” Young says.
He says the farm’s history dates back to 1869 when the Young family built the red barn you see driving down the road.
Twelve members of the Young family still work on the farm and oversee its operations. Young’s also employs around 350 full-time and part-time staff members, largely high school and college students, who gain their first work experience at the farm.
Young’s Jersey Dairy is located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road in Yellow Springs. Guests regularly visit from Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus and beyond. Go to youngsdairy.com for hours, directions and a complete schedule of events.