Ice Cream with Pat – Cook’s Dairy

I had heard about Cook’s Dairy Farm in Ortonville from several visitors who had toured our model in The Manors of Deerwood in Clarkston. They all said it was worth the drive. I headed north on M-15 and continued to Seymour Lake Rd. where I headed east and found the dairy farm at Perry Lake Rd.

The parking lot was full; a good sign that it was worth visiting and enjoying one of the 19 flavors of ice cream. It was, by far, the best butter pecan ice cream I had ever tasted. I am a big fan of ice cream and this was truly delicious; the pecans were pleasingly salty and the ice cream was a wonderful, creamy consistency. If you plan to take some ice cream home, bring an insulated container with ice, as they only offer plastic bags.

The Cook family farm started in 1933. By 1960’s, the farm was home to 100 dairy cows and the milk was sold to Kroger stores. In 1982, the second generation of the Cook family began bottling their own milk and making their own ice cream. Today, the third generation of the Cook family runs the farm and boasts that “We grow our own corn, feed it to our own cows and make our own milk (hormone-free) and ice cream at the farm.” “It’s kind of unique that you get the whole thing: “From moo to you.”

In addition to milk and 19 flavors of ice cream, Cook’s Dairy also produces buttermilk and chocolate milk, hot fudge, hamburgers made from non-dairy cows, and for the holidays, eggnog. They also have a “Nut-Free” section of ice cream for those customers who may have an alergy.  Now you can also find Cook’s Dairy products at area stores. A gas station on M-15, just north of I-75, sells their milk.

In the fall, visitors will flock to the farm to enjoy a hayride through the pumpkin-lined property. The farm is a favorite school field trip; the owner said he especially enjoys showing the children around the farm. During the Christmas season, there is a long line of children waiting to talk to Santa. One of the customers, standing next to me, told me how impressed she was on a December visit to Santa, when the owners passed out a free half-gallon of eggnog to each parent waiting in line with a child anxious to talk to Santa. She also shared the fact that the eggnog was the best she has tasted.

If you go, Cook’s Farm Dairy is located at 2950 E. Seymour Lake Rd in Ortonville. Their hours are: Weekdays and Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sun.Noon to 10:00 p.m. It is definitely worth the drive. Enjoy!



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