Just 45 minutes north of Baltimore and a mere four mile drive from I-95, you will find a slice of pastoral heaven. The Dallam family has been working this farmland in Harford County for nine generations and in 2004, they opened Broom’s Bloom Dairy.
The list of available ice cream changes frequently; we tried some of the more unusual ones. The chocolate red velvet is sinfully rich, with a seemingly endless supply of small bits of cake mixed in. It took us a few bites to get used to the sweet corn ice cream, but once we did, it quickly became a favorite. The ice cream itself has a mild corn taste and contains whole frozen kernels. Once the kernels melt inside your mouth, it releases a powerful new wave of fresh, sweet corn flavor. Others we have enjoyed include the intense coffee ice cream, which remind us of a dark roast, the naturally colored pistachio, and the farm-fresh peach.
When we saw many of the other customers eating appetizing lunches, we decided to explore the regular menu. The smokiness of the mac and cheese (using their own cheddar and smoked gouda) makes it a must-order side dish. They use those same cheeses in the gooey grilled cheese, which leaves a long string of cheese when you pull it apart. The only soup we have tried so far is the made-in-house Maryland crab soup, loaded with sweet crab meat and vegetables.
Back to that setting: we have yet to see any cows, but during one particular visit we could tell from the dairy farm smell that they were nearby. Once in mid-August, the store was boxed in by rows of corn stalks on one side and a gorgeous field of sunflowers on the other. Sitting on an outside bench, enjoying the country air and licking high-quality ice cream, is a welcome respite from civilization.