On highway 68 just south of Springfield, in the college town of Yellow Springs, you can’t miss Young’s Jersey Dairy — a massive fun park for families, putt-putters, ice cream junkies and goat feeding fans. Whoever thinks visiting a farm can’t be entertaining, probably hasn’t been to Young’s.
We took the family putt-putting, and watched as our five-year-old niece picked up a hard-won victory (remaining steadfastly oblivious to her questionable counting skills: putt-putt-putt-putt-putt-putt-putt. "Yay, I got a two!"). Then after an interlude on the giant tractors (the current obsession of our 2-year-old nephew), we went over to the goat pen. Those brave enough can buy food for the wild-eyed beasts, who have learned to identify small children with dinnertime. I almost fainted as one particularly eager goat went to town on my niece’s outstretched hands, but she emerged unscathed.
Young’s biggest claim to fame ("fame" in the relative South-Central-Ohio sense) is its ice cream, freshly prepared from milk cows who live on the farm. A huge range of flavors are available, and I chose Cow Patty which I was disappointed to learn tasted nothing like cow dung, but rich chocolate. Still delicious.
As we were leaving, I picked up a Young’s Farm T-shirt. Ever since these were introduced, people have been sending in photos of the t-shirts in exotic locations, from the Antarctic to Iraq. We’ll try and do our help to spread the fame of Ohio’s favorite farm, on our travels, too!