Rich Farm

Review by: Michael Stern

When it’s summer in Western Connecticut, it’s time for ice cream at Rich Farm. In business for more than a century and known to travelers as a farm stand selling tomatoes and corn fresh off the vine, Rich Farm also sells ice cream made using cream from the family’s herd of dairy cows.

It’s an extraordinarily happy place, set back from the road up a country driveway and overshadowed by a couple of silos. Below the silos is a barn where the cows hang out, and where children (as well as adults) are welcome to peek in and see them. When you’re hungry, study the menu posted on the side of the building, place your order at the order window, then carry your cone, sundae, or banana boat to a picnic table under the flapping American flag.

The ice cream is fresh, innocent, and fun to eat: not sinfully rich or overly sophisticated. Just good ice cream, the kind that perfectly rounds out a lazy summer afternoon. The flavor repertoire is broad, including excellent maple-walnut, mocha almond fudge, and chocolate peanut butter swirl. A few years back, in honor of June being National Dairy Month, Rich Farms concocted Purple Cow (black raspberry ice cream with chocolate chunks), Brown Cow (chocolate ice cream with chocolate brownie bits), Cow Pie (chocolate ice cream with raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chunks), Holstein (vanilla with fudge swirl), and Cowabunga (coconut with pineapple chunks).

There are sundae toppings from fudge to Gummie Bears; and if you order an ice cream cone you must select from among three choices: waffle cone, sugar cone, or wafer cone. All of life’s decisions should be so rewarding!

In the fall, as ice cream season winds down, Rich Farm is known as the place to go for pumpkins, Indian corn, and hay rides.

What To Eat

ice cream

German Chocolate Cake / Almond Joy Waffle Cone


Rich Farm Recipes


What do you think of Rich Farm?

2 Responses to “Rich Farm”


March 23rd, 2022

pretty darn good ice cream. were were there 3/21 – i think it had just opened for the season. Arrived around 8pm — and the place was packed! A 30min line — the place to be on a cold March night. I took a pic of the flavors to make good use of the time on line. We had a very good choc / peanut butter and German choc (v good but missing enough coconut imo), coconut and almond something or other — they make a very nice waffle cone.


Mark Kaupe

June 16th, 2007

First good spring day in Connecticut brought everyone out to enjoy the sunshine and some very good ice cream. There were many people sitting in the sun, at the picnic tables and on the grass.

I had two scoops, German Chocolate Cake and Almond Joy, in a waffle cone. The German chocolate had large pieces of cake with pecan caramel mixed in. The Almond Joy surprised me, as I expected a white coconut ice cream with almonds and chocolate mixed in. It actually was a pleasant surprise as both flavors really complemented each other.

The problem is that their many unique flavors cannot be seen from the order counter and you feel as if you are holding up the line if you cannot make up your mind quickly.

Many of my Roadfood destinations involve me taking the two dogs along. Frisco and Ursa felt that the vanilla had a rich, creamy and smooth texture…


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