Last year’s low milk price inspired Kentucky dairy producers Carl and Debra Chaney and their three children to add agritourism to the menu of activities on their dairy west of Bowling Green, Ky.
After researching the concept, the Chaneys added an ice cream parlor and sandwich shop in a new barn near highway U.S. 31W and opened the farm to tours. They also show family-oriented movies outdoors on the south end of the barn every other Friday night during the summer. The movies are free, but people line up to buy the sandwiches, soup and nearly 30-flavors of ice cream sold at the dairy farm's store.
Carl Chaney told the Louisville Courier-Journal that a year ago the dairy was selling milk for the same price it received in 1978, so it was time to try something different.
The dairy’s store is open seven days a week and features local produce, meats and cheeses, as well as homemade bread. Eventually, the Cheneys hope to process milk from their own cows to make ice cream sold in the store.
The concept has worked so well, a second location has been opened.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)