August 27, 2013
Valley Pride LLC, a group of 21 family farms based in the Harrisonburg, Va., area, has purchased the former Good Humor-Breyers ice-cream plant in Hagerstown and plans to begin milk and ice-cream production this fall, according to a company official. Randy Inman, vice president of Valley Pride and Shenandoah Family Farms Cooperative, declined to say how much the cooperative paid for the property. During a ceremony Tuesday, at which Hagerstown and Washington County officials joined company officials in making the announcement about the purchase of the plant, Inman said it's been “a long, hard road.” The farmers have worked diligently to try to “fulfill this lifelong dream of ours to own our own processing facilities,” he said.
August 26, 2013
Hagerstown officials on Tuesday morning will announce the new owners of the former Unilever ice-cream plant during a ceremony at the factory site, according to a city news release. The plant, also known as the Good Humor-Breyers ice-cream plant, at 1100 Frederick St. in Hagerstown, was purchased by two investment firms - New Mill Capital LLC of Los Angeles and the M. Davis Group LLC of Pittsburgh - earlier this year, city officials announced in May, with an eye toward selling it to a food-processing company.
August 20, 2013
On Tuesday, Maryland Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance tried a sample of the Mango Wine Sorbet at Misty Meadow Farm near Smithsburg. “I thought it had wine,” Hance said after trying it and realizing that he was correct. Hance stopped at the creamery on the farm as part of his journey on Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail. Misty Meadow Farm is one of the trail's eight dairy farms across the state that produce ice cream and sell it directly to customers. He said each farm has something that sets it apart.
August 20, 2013
St. Thomas Elementary School will be hosting a new event to kick off the 2013-14 school year. On Friday, the school will welcome parents and students during a luau-inspired open house. As part of the event, an ice cream social will be held the same evening. If your business is interested in sponsoring a portion of the costs involved to host the event for the community, contact Amanda Bistline at 717-369-3123, ext. 2700.
July 28, 2013
“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional” is the advice I heard someone once say. As I look around me, it seems like everyone is growing a bit older, even me. Last week, I had another birthday - the conclusion of my 365-day orbit around the sun. Feels like warp speed! Shucks, I still remember the days of swimming in the pond next to the old John Brown house. When I look back at all the bends on life's path, I tend to remember some people who were there to influence me during those 65 years.
July 8, 2013
July is National Ice Cream Month. Many people like me will invent reasons to eat ice cream. This is the month the mercury flirts with 100, so why not eat ice cream? I am sure in our hurried work-a-day world, few people take time to make their own ice cream anymore. I am also sure if you asked someone if they have an ice cream freezer, they would look puzzled and say “no,” but they have them in the grocery store. So where did ice cream come from? Sit back and learn the story or lore, if you will.
May 28, 2013
Joyce Ann Higgins has been a member of Hagerstown chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America since the early 1980s. She's been bringing this appetizer to social gatherings even longer. She said she found this recipe for cucumber and cream cheese on rye appetizers in a magazine in the 1970s. “(I've) been making the appetizers ever since with rave reviews,” she said. In the '70s, everyone she knew was getting married, and fancy sandwiches were the rage. So, she decided to find a new one and try it out. She brought the appetizers to a wedding shower, and they were a hit. She's has been making them ever since.
April 23, 2013
Root Beer Float Cupcakes 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 tablespoon root beer extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4 cup root beer 6 candy sticks for straws Preheat oven to 350 degrees In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, blend butter until fluffy. Slowly add sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla and root beer extract.
April 14, 2013
A Chambersburg fundraiser for the community's less fortunate came back for seconds Sunday. Chambersburg Area Senior High School's art department hosted its second annual “Soup for Soul” fundraiser and earmarked this year's revenue for the Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Reins of Rhythm. About 85 people bought tickets to fill a handcrafted bowl of their choosing with one of six varieties of soup. Donated Goose Bros. ice cream and Starbucks beverages also were served at the event at Central Presbyterian Church.
February 10, 2013
Edgar “Eddie” C. Graham died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, after a brief illness. The family will receive visitors Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Berkeley Chapel, Inwood, W.Va. A memorial service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Church of the Brethren, Martinsburg, W.Va., followed by an ice-cream social in the fellowship hall. A private internment for family will follow at a later time.