Young’s history begins in 1869 when relatives of the Young Family built the red barn. Hap Young bought the 60-acre farm and house shortly after the end of World War II. For the next 10 years, Hap and his three sons, Carl, Bob, and Bill, farmed the 60 acres, plus up to 500 additional rented acres. They grew grain, raised hogs, and milked cows.
In 1958, the Young Family decided to try to sell Jersey milk directly to the public. The first sales room was a modest operation. They built a 10’ by 10’ room onto the end of the milk room. The equipment was also modest – some glass jugs, a refrigerator, a cash drawer, and the honor system. The customer would drive up, open the refrigerator, get his gallon of milk, leave an empty jug and the money, and drive away.
There was a market for farm fresh milk, so in 1960, we build and opened their first real dairy store. They started dipping ice cream in this store. They also added other dairy products, like cheese, and snack foods. This building is attached to the big red barn and is where they make our ice cream today.
In 1993, we added the first activity at Udders & Putters – an 18-hole, farm theme miniature golf course. 1995 marked the first year for our driving range. 1996 saw the addition of a state of the art 9 position batting cage which features softball and hardball pitching machines.
We opened a new full-service restaurant, The Golden Jersey Inn in 1998. This beautiful timber frame building restaurant features great country style food with a generous helping of friendly service.
In 1999, they built Barnabe’s Walnut Grove, to host group picnics, family reunions and company picnics. Located just south of our popular Udders & Putters area, Barnabe’s Walnut Grove can easily serve groups with home cooked meals and delicious homemade ice cream from 50 to over 5,000! They built an additional 18-hole miniature golf course in 2000 to keep up with the demand for miniature golf.
They added Cowvin’s Fast Slide in 2008 – a 30’ slide with a couple of bumps on the way down. They started making Young’s Farmstead Cheese in July 2009. Uusing only milk from their herd of Jersey cows to make the cheese, they make Cheddar, Colby, Baby Swiss, Jersey Jack, Pepper Jack, Gouda and Fresh Cheddar Curds.
They continue to make improvements each year, adding new walking paths, installed ball dryers and a cover home plate area so they can operate the batting cages in the rain and have added to the landscaping around the farm. In 2017 Young’s on the Moove, their food truck hit the road.
To celebrate Young’s Jersey Dairy‘s birthday, from Jan 14- 17 they’ll be offering the following specials:
Dairy Store Specials:
$1.53 off all cones, all burgers, Deep Fried Breaded Cheddar Cheese Curds, Chedda Cheese Crispys, 4 Pack Homemade Buckeyes, 1/2 Gallons of Homemade Ice Cream and kid’s meals
Souvenir Birthday Bowl with the purchase of the 153rd Anniversary Sundae: Includes vanilla and strawberry ice cream with chocolate and strawberry topping, whipped cream, nuts, a cherry and a homemade chocolate chip cookie for $4.95 and a festive ceramic bowl to take home!
Udders & Putters Specials:
$1.53 off games of miniature golf and medium bucket of golf balls
Young’s Farmstead Cheese Specials:
Special sampler package of four kinds of Young’s Farmstead Cheese $7.99
Two different samplers featuring eight of their farmstead cheeses made on our farm from our delicious Jersey cow milk. Bring home (at least) one of each sampler.