Mapleview Farm

I am generally loath to leave Durham when there is no pressing obligation to go elsewhere, and Maple View Country Store (beware the mooing web site) (6900 Rocky Ridge Road) is technically in Hillsborough, but I decided that it was worth the trip not once, but twice, in the past week.  Reasons why:  (1) it’s a beautiful drive; (2) one should eat as much ice cream as possible while there is still warm weather to be had; and (3) front porches + rocking chairs = awesome.

Getting there was a challenge, but that is half the fun since it is a pretty drive (and my friend has a convertible).  The directions on the website are pretty vague, and include directions such as “just before the [road which is not marked with a sign where you are supposed to turn] turns to gravel…” which can be a bit mysterious for the uninitiated.  This all just adds to the bucolic charm of visiting a place where you eat ice cream while looking out upon the pasture where the cows who produced the milk graze.

The Porch <3
The Porch ❤

On my two recent trips to Maple View, I took full advantage of the samples and tasted honey toasted almond, black walnut, chocolate gelato, chocolate raspberry, butter pecan, and Carolina crunch.  All of them were fresh, delicious, and had just the right balance of creamy and sweet.  The honey toasted almond tasted like nothing more than Cheerios milk, and my favorite was the chocolate gelato, which was very rich tasting without being heavy.  They also offer a variety of sundae toppings including wet walnuts and a fantastically silky dark chocolate fudge sauce.  Recommended combo:  chocolate gelato with the extra super rich dark fudge sauce, whipped cream, pecans, and a cherry, all for $3.50.

Many Ice Creams from Which to Choose

Obviously, the main reason to go to Maple View Farm is the ice cream, and that is all I got, but you can also buy ice cream, milk, butter, eggs, and, randomly, boxes of beef.  Next time, I am totally getting a box of beef.

Boxes of Beef
Boxes of Beef

Published in: on October 2, 2008 at 12:17 am  Comments (7)  


  1. Not really random: ice cream is made from milk, which comes from cows. Beef also comes from cows. 😛

  2. LOL!

  3. The vanilla ice cream at MPF is the best ever.

  4. Ooops – MVF. They have great chocolate milk too! All the glass bottles at Whole Foods are from Mapleview.

  5. OK, it is not that random. I found the alternative (noting the source of the beef) a little morbid, though. I guess it’s all just part of the circle of life…

  6. Also, agreed on the chocolate milk. Note that MVF products are sold in various retail outlets in Durham–see their website for details–but the prices are better on-site.

  7. The box of beef is a warning to the cows to stay in line.

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