Roughly eight years ago, six dairy farms — Fairvue Farms in Woodstock, Hytone Farm in Coventry, Mapleleaf Farm in Hebron, Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, Cushman Farms in Franklin and Graywall Farm in Lebanon — banded together to form a cooperative called The Farmer’s Cow. You’ve probably seen its products in Stop & Shops, Big Ys, Whole Foods and other stores.
With the burgeoning interest in returning to farm-to-table dining — long ago the norm in America — the time must have seemed right a year ago to open a dairy store. But it dawned on the cooperative members that milk wasn’t all they produced, and the store they opened should take advantage of all the good wholesome foods they had to offer. And thus, The Farmer’s Cow Calfé & Creamery near the intersection of Routes 195 and 6 in Mansfield was born.
These farm folk certainly deserve credit for milking a good idea for all it’s worth. The Farmer’s Cow serves breakfast, lunch and supper in an environment that merges the fun of a dairy bar with the atmosphere of a neighborhood café. Outside, there’s delightful fresh air seating and even painted cow cutouts so you can pose for photos. Inside, the quarters are bright and clean with display cases of items to carry away, counter service and two rows of tables where you can enjoy your food.
There’s an all-you-can-drink milk bar with six (of course) taps. Flavors include whole milk, half-and-half, chocolate milk and rotating flavors like grape, hazelnut and white chocolate. You’ll have a cow when you see the selection of more than 20 flavors of premium ice cream, including irresistible combinations like Cottage Garden Raspberry Jasmine, Cowlick Salted Caramel, Milking Time Cookies & Cream and Heifer Nutter Peanut Butter Cup. Combine those with your choice of sauces and flavored whipped creams and what you’ve got — any day of the week — is a sundae (they come in three sizes). We all scream for ice cream.
But while some may want to cut to the chase, others may be interested in a bite of breakfast or the soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps that easily make a fulfilling lunch or dinner, which are all sourced with the best ingredients. My younger daughter and I can vouch for the cheddar and broccoli soup, Greek salad, farmer’s market veggie wrap and the moo and the oink panini (even if I felt a little silly ordering it), not to mention the flavored milks and sundaes.
The Farmer’s Cow was recently recognized by Yankee Magazine as Best of New England Dairy Bar. But don’t take its word for it — take ours!
86 Storrs Rd., Mansfield, 860-450-8408, thefarmerscowcalfe.com
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