Young's Jersey Dairy
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 our Jersey milk directly to the public. The first sales room was a modest operation. We built a 10 ² by 10 ² 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 built and opened our first real dairy store. We started dipping ice cream in this store. We also added other dairy products, like cheese, and snack foods. This building is attached to the big red barn and is where we make our ice cream today.
We added onto this building twice over the next 8 years. In 1966 we added a small bakery. By 1968, we were running out of room. We decided to start over in another building. We built the first part of the red restaurant building in 1968 and moved everything except the bakery production equipment over to the new building.
Delicious Food! Had the Hot Shot Roast Beef and Gravy with lumpy potatoes with the gravy on them as well. A little skimpy on the meat but the flavor Outstanding! The waitress Dione was a natural. Despite how busy she was, didn't miss a beat. The food and service is definitely worth a visit. Give it 2 thumbs up!
We had the BEST dinner experience here... We arrived not knowing that they closed in less than 30 minutes. Not wanting to keep the staff after hours, and not having an issue with eating in the car, my husband and I (we drove up from Cincinnati), got our order to go and ate in the parking lot. The kitchen staff absolutely hooked us up. My husband got the fried chicken sandwich and they gave him a double breast. And my god the fries... Hot, fresh, and abundant. Even though we didn't order two dinners, just sandwiches, we still got all of the dinner extras. Coleslaw, applesauce, and sweet potato bread, as well as the sides that came with our meal. And since I had a birthday coupon, this feast cost a whopping $11.00. We sat in the parking lot and absolutely pigged out. It was awesome. We will definitely make the trip for dinner again.
This is just an excellent experience for younger kids. We've taken our little guy here for the last few years in a row and he has a blast each time. Add the tractor rides back to the pumpkin patch, great food, clean bathrooms, petting animals and don't forget the awesome ice cream, cheese and other dairy products.. this place is a great pit stop on your weekend travels!
This is a fabulous place for a day trip. The Dairy produces extraordinary ice cream from high butterfat Jersey cows. It rivals Cincinnati's well-known Graeter's. Beyond that there are 2 restaurants - the original dairy with sandwiches, breakfasts (amazing biscuits and gravy) and indoor and outdoor seating, plus a sit-down place with comfort foods and a full menu. Children can pet goats and calves and there is a miniature golf course. Many weekends feature special events (see the Dairy's website for schedule). Fall brings hayrides. This place is always busy on weekends, but is worth the wait. While in the neighborhood, visit nearby Yellow Springs, a wee college town that is frozen in the amber of the 60's. It's Main Street is lined with interesting shops. And, for hikers and nature buffs, Glenn Helen Nature Preserve is just off the main drag. A visit to Young's offers great eating and plenty to see and do in the area.
Young's is a very popular spot for food and ice cream in Yellow Springs. There is ample parking in and immediately near the dairy. The dairy offers a wide variety of food including cheeseburgers, french fries, and such - and many flavors of ice cream. While you're at the dairy take a moment and stop by the farm exhibits and playgrounds if you want the kids to stretch their legs a bit. The dairy is very popular on summer days, so, plan to wait in line. In spite of the line the dairy is well staffed, and your time spent in line is normally short. Besides that... the food is worth the wait!