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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there an admission fee?

  • Each individual activity has a cost attached, but there is no admission charge to visit Young’s.

Do you charge for parking?

  • No

What is Cow Patty ice cream?

  • It is double dark chocolate loaded with cookie pieces, toffee pieces & chocolate chips. Cow Patty is one of our best selling flavors!

Do you use your milk to make the ice cream?

  • 100% of our milk from our herd of Jerseys goes into making Young’s Farmstead Cheese. We purchase a special 15% butterfat ice cream mix (milk, cream & sugar) from Reiter Dairy in Springfield to make our ice cream.  We make all of Young’s Ice Cream here at the farm.

Does your chocolate fudge brownie ice cream have nuts in it?

  • Yes, Pecans.

What are tater babies?

  • Seasoned potato wedges deep fried to a golden brown. Served with a side of cheese sauce.

Do you serve any ice cream type product dairy free?

  • Our homemade lemon sorbetto is 100% dairy free.

What’s your most popular flavor?

  • Changes every year, but the top flavors are French Vanilla (used in milkshakes), Chocolate, Vanilla (used in sundaes), Cookie Dough, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Cotton Candy.

Do you offer birthday parties?

  • We do have a space located near the batting cages available for rental for 120 minutes intervals that is available mid-April through October. Space rental includes a farm themed painted area for two hours, cups, plates, napkins, flatware, tablecloths, 10 balloons, ice water and lemonade for your guests.  You may purchase three or five tab wristbands or individual activities in addition to the space rental and purchase food and ice cream off of a specific menu.  Other than the space rental, we have an abundance of picnic tables throughout the farm as well as a large dining area.  We can not reserve tables for your party.  We ask that you not bring any outside food (with the exception of a birthday cake) as we have a menu to suit your needs.  Please contact Joy or Angela at 937-325-0629 or with questions and availability.

Do you sell goats milk or cheese?

  • We do not milk our goats. Our goats are here to have fun and socialize with our Guests.

What is the difference between a calf shake and a cow shake?

  • A cow shake is made with more ice cream offering a thicker version in the same cup size.

Do you sell milk?

  • All of our milk from our cows goes into making Young’s Farmstead cheese.

Do you accept reservations?

  • No. We do, however, appreciate a heads up of very large groups for staffing purposes at either restaurant.  The Dairy Store – 937-325-0629; The Golden Jersey Inn – 937-324-2050.

What are the hours of the petting zoo?

  • 10am-9pm

What is gelato?

  • Gelato is fresh Italian ice cream. It differs from traditional ice cream in ingredients, consistency and flavor.  Milk based gelato contains about one half the calories and about one-third the fat when compared to our ice cream and less sugar.

What is sorbetto?

  • The fruit based gelato, or sorbetto, has almost no fat at all and very little dairy ingredients. Sorbetto can also be called sorbet.  Sorbetto is different than sherbet because sherbet has about half the milk and cream than regular ice cream and sorbetto has very little milk.  However, our sorbetto tastes very creamy because of the ingredients and the way it is made.  Our lemon sorbetto is dairy free.

What are curds?

  • Fresh cheddar cheese curds are what we produce as one of the last steps in making Young’s Farmstead Cheddar Cheese. When making cheddar cheese, we take the curds and place them in a ‘hoop’, or form (either a round or square shape) that we then put weights on overnight to squeeze together into a block or wheel.  It’s then aged for a few months as it turns into cheddar cheese and develops the distinctive cheddar flavor.
  • Curds are just fresh cheddar cheese that haven’t been pressed into a hoop and aged. Curds have a mild taste — they haven’t developed the stronger cheddar flavor.  Curds are delicious as a snack and can be used in many tasty ways.  We offer Plain, Garlic, Cajun, Dill, Cheddar Ranch and Italian Herb.  Our best selling curd is Young’s Deep fried breaded cheddar cheese curds, sold as a side item at both restaurants in traditional, buffalo and Sweet chili style.

Do you offer group discounts?

Do you give tours of your production facilities?

  • During the Cheese Anniversary in June and The Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival, you can tour the ice cream & cheese making facilities.

How often do you milk your cows?  Can I watch?

  • We milk our cows twice a day. You can watch them being milked in the barn approximately 4:30pm-6pm daily.

What are Young’s Gift Cards good for?

  • You can use Young’s Gift Cards anywhere on the farm. They are good for all food and fun at The Dairy Store, Udders & Putters, The Golden Jersey Inn and Outside entertainment.  You can purchase gift cards on line here.

Do you make your donuts?

  • The donuts sold at Young’s are proudly made locally by Schuler’s, a Springfield icon. We do make our pecan rolls, breads, pies, brownies, buckeyes, sweet potato bread and pumpkin bread.

What is the difference between The Golden Jersey Inn and The Dairy Store?

  • The Golden Jersey Inn is full service, sit down with more home cooked meals such as chicken and dumplings, meatloaf and beef and noodles, just to name a few. The Dairy Store is more fast food sandwiches, salads, sides and more.  And, of course, Young’s Homemade Ice Cream.
  • Both restaurant offer breakfast on weekends. The Dairy Store offers breakfast Mon-Fri, also.

What oil is used to fry your sides in?

  • Young’s uses soybean oil to fry our foods in.

Do you use your Jerseys for your burgers?

  • No, our Jerseys are for milking only. 100% of their milk goes into making Young’s Farmstead Cheese.

I am involved with a charity and I wish to make a donation request to Young’s – How do I do this?

How many people work at Young’s Dairy?

  • In the Spring, Summer and Fall, Young’s employs 320 people!

Why the name Jersey?  Is Young’s from New Jersey?

  • Jersey is a breed of cow that produces a higher fat content of milk. We feel this produces a great tasting cheese!

How do I schedule a group or company picnic?

I want to schedule a tour for my school or class.  How do I do this?

Why should I join Young’s Birthday Club?

    • Cowvin’s Corny Maze

      Cowvin’s Corny Maze

      August 6th - October 30th Cowvin, the baby of the Cow Family, has created a fun maze at Young’s Jersey Dairy – come see if you can conquer it!
    • 40th Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival

      40th Annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival

      October 1st & 2nd Don’t miss our biggest event of the year. All kind of pumpkin treats & family fun await you at our Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival
    • Haunted Wagon Rides

      Haunted Wagon Rides

      Fridays & Saturdays in October Things are going to get a little scary around Young’s this fall!
    • Thanksgiving Buffet

      Thanksgiving Buffet

      November 24th Let us take care of the cooking this year. You bring your family, we’ll supply the great food and service you’ve come to expect from Young’s. (We’ll even do the dishes)
    • Choose & Cut Christmas Trees

      Choose & Cut Christmas Trees

      November 25th – December 18th Cut your own Christmas Trees is a great family tradition from Thanksgiving until Christmas
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