‘Capitol Connection’ – Short Drive to Find “Best Ice Cream”

August 21, 2013

Last week, I wrote about our state’s growing oyster industry. While it supports jobs along the shoreline, many other agricultural products support jobs and provide families with healthy and nutritious food throughout our state. From vegetables to fruits to dairy and meat products, there is a wide array of farms that make our region such a remarkable place to live. During the summertime, however, nothing quite compares to the cool and refreshing taste of ice cream.

This week, I would like to highlight one local farm that has been providing families with healthy produce for over 240 years. Since 1768, members of the Tuller family have been farming this plot of land located in West Simsbury. Today, Tulmeadow Farm is a diversified family farm that continues to grow only the freshest produce.

A seventh generation farmer, Don Tuller is the current owner and operator of the 265-acre farm. In addition to overseeing the farm, he also serves as the President of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, a non-profit statewide membership organization that is dedicated to farming and supporting the future of Connecticut agriculture.

Along with blueberries, raspberries, sweet corn, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, onions, salad greens and freshly processed grass-fed beef, the farm makes over 50 different flavors of ice cream. However, it’s not just any ice cream – it’s a rich 16 percent butterfat ice cream. Among the diverse flavors that are offered, the top seller is red raspberry with chocolate chips. They are also innovating with several new flavors, including one new creation called Mexican chocolate.

While I am a fan of their ice cream, I am certainly not alone. Local residents have spoken loud and clear about their preference for this high quality product. One example of this support is the annual poll that Hartford Magazine conducts to understand which products have the greatest amount of reader interest in our region. For two years in a row, the magazine named Tulmeadow Farm as having the “Best Ice Cream” in both 2010 and 2011.

With the end of the summer season in sight, we have the opportunity to enjoy the remaining warm weather before autumn starts rolling in and the leaves begin to change. Until then, sampling some locally-produced ice cream is always a great option. Luckily, their ice cream window will remain open at the farm store until October 30th.

Although I chose to focus on Tulmeadow Farm because it is closest to my home, there are many different farms and ice cream producers located throughout our district. As a huge supporter of local businesses, I encourage you to contact your local chamber of commerce to learn more about the great opportunities to buy local products.

If you would like to visit Tulmeadow Farm or purchase your own ice cream, please consider stopping by their farm store located at 255 Farms Village Road in West Simsbury. To learn more about this local farm, please visit their website at www.TulmeadowFarmStore.com.