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Vernon Seipt on Freddy Hill Farms

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Freddy Hill Farms began as a dairy store in 1972. The milk is processed and packaged right on the farm, and then sold in the dairy store. To complement the dairy sales, dipped ice cream is also offered to customers. After learning how to make their own ice cream at Penn State University's creamery, the Seipts expanded their ice cream offerings and began making ice cream cakes. The ice cream sales soon outgrew the small space and a full, sit down ice cream parlor was built in 1988. The partners' wives, Nancy and Lesa Seipt became involved in the business at that time giving farm field trips to school age children every spring. The Seipts wanted the public to know that they sold quality milk and give them some education about the farm and its workings. This field trip program soon expanded to include Pumpkin Patch Field Trips in October, where children and parents can take a hayride, pick a pumpkin, go thru a cornstalk maze, and eat some homemade ice cream. Thousands of people enjoy these field trips every October, or come on the weekends for Freddy's Fallfest to enjoy those activities, plus pig races and other entertainment.

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