July 24 2023 11:42 AM

Promoting Local Dairy Farming and Farm-to-Table Experience

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Brookfield Dairy Farm

Husband and wife team, Greg and Sue Harrison, are proud to announce the grand opening of Brookfield Dairy Ice Cream Company, an exciting addition to Loudoun's culinary landscape. Their mobile ice cream trailer can go just about anywhere, but for now you can find them at a prime location outside Leesburg at the corner of Rt. 15 and Harmony Church Road.

The Grand Opening of Brookfield Dairy Ice Cream Company is July 29th and July 30th, 12:00pm - 5:00pm.

Brookfield Dairy Farm, located in Loudoun County, Virginia, is a family-owned and operated farm with a long and rich history in dairy farming. With a commitment to wholesome practices and sustainable farming, Brookfield Dairy Farm produces high-quality milk, cream and butter. Greg and Sue Harrisons' passion for dairy farming, dedication to their community, and love for delicious ice cream are at the heart of their endeavors.

The Harrisons have deep roots in the dairy farming industry over generations. Greg grew up on the historic Brookfield Dairy Farm in Loudoun County. With a personal and extensive background in dairy farming spanning over 55 years, Greg took a hiatus in 1984 while building another business, but rediscovered his passion for the industry when their daughter, Eleanor, became involved in 4-H dairy cows and showing a decade ago. Motivated by their desire to support the local dairy industry and promote farm-to-table food initiatives, Greg and Sue decided to venture into the ice cream business, bringing their expertise and dedication to providing high-quality dairy products to the community.

Brookfield Dairy Ice Cream Company trailer

Brookfield Dairy Farm, situated south of Leesburg on Harmony Church Road, boasts a picturesque location just 2 miles west of Route 15. The farm spans approximately 100 owned and leased acres and is home to a growing herd of 35 prize winning dairy cows, with more expected to join soon. The farm takes pride in its registered Brown Swiss and Holstein cows, known for their exceptional milk quality and specific qualities. Brown Swiss cows produce high-fat, high-protein milk, making it ideal for cheese production. These docile, friendly and adaptable cows are known for their longevity and tolerance to extreme temperatures.

At Brookfield Dairy Farm, the Harrisons’ endeavor to follow wholesome practices, ensuring a sustainable and healthy environment for their cows. The cows are pasture raised and have access to open barns, allowing them to adhere to their natural eating and sleeping regimens. The farm uses a healthy balanced ration of corn silage, hay and grain without any additives, ensuring the cows' well-being. Additionally, the milk produced on the farm is antibiotic-free, without the use of growth hormones.

Brookfield Dairy Farm includes a program that breeds for the A2/A2 gene in their dairy cows’ milk. The perceived benefits of A2/A2 dairy milk is easier to digest and may offer health benefits compared to milk containing the A1 protein variant. By selectively breeding cows with the A2/A2 gene variant, the Harrisons aim to establish a herd that predominantly produces milk with the A2/A2 genetic profile. Breeding for this specific trait involves careful selection and monitoring of genetic profiles.

Brookfield Dairy Farm cows and calves

Brookfield Dairy Farm also offers “milkshares”, which is a cooperative arrangement between consumers and the farm. The concept behind milkshares is that the consumer becomes a part-owner of the animal, entitling them to a portion of the milk produced by that animal. This allows consumers to access fresh, locally produced milk directly from the farm. Milkshares are a way for consumers to have greater control over the quality and source of their milk. This arrangement provides a direct relationship between the consumer and the farmer, fostering transparency and a deeper connection to the food they consume.

As active members of the local community, Greg and Sue Harrison volunteer with the local Loudoun County 4-H Dairy Club, further exemplifying their dedication to fostering agricultural education and community engagement. Brookfield Dairy Ice Cream Company strives to support and raise awareness of dairy farming by providing the public with knowledge about the practices behind their delicious products. The Harrisons envision a future plan whereby the public is invited to the Brookfield Dairy Farm to tour and witness firsthand their stewardship of the land and dairy animals. By increasing understanding of where dairy products come from and how they are produced, they aim to bridge the gap between farmers and consumers.

The Brookfield Dairy Ice Cream Company trailer is mobile and is available for special events. For now, the ice cream trailer can be found serving up tasty treats right outside of the town of Leesburg on the corner of Rt. 15 and Harmony Church Road on the weekends,12:00pm - 5:00pm. Everyone is invited to savor their delectable range of flavors, including Sea Salted Caramel Dream, Strawberry, Vanilla, Black Raspberry, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coffee, Cookies-n-Cream, Mint Chip, Peach, Cold Brew Chip, Orange Pineapple, and Chocolate. Additionally, the ice cream shop offers special seasonal flavors, adding a touch of excitement for customers to explore throughout the year. Indulge in favorite flavors at an affordable price, with a single scoop priced at $3.50, 2 scoops for $6.00, and 3 scoops for $9.00. Toppings such as whipped cream, sprinkles, peanuts, Oreo cookies, gummy bears, maraschino cherries, caramel, and chocolate sauces are available for an additional .50 cents. Sodas are priced at $1.50 each, 2 for $3.00, and 3 for $4.00. Customers can also take home the dairy deliciousness by purchasing a quart of ice cream for $12 or 2 quarts for $20.

For more information and updates on Brookfield Dairy Ice Cream Company, please visit their website at Brookfield-DairyFarm.com. You can also connect with them on Facebook (@BrookfieldMilk), Instagram (Brookfield_Dairy_Farm), and TikTok (@brookfielddairy).