MAFES to celebrate Ice Cream Month Friday

The MAFES Sales Store at MSU will give away free, single-scoop ice cream cones Friday to celebrate National Ice Cream Month. (Photo by Chase Neal, MSU)
Staff Writer

Starkvillians will have an opportunity for a sweet treat and some lessons about where it comes from Friday.

For the second year, the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) will be giving out free ice cream from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in recognition of National Ice Cream Month.

MAFES Store Manager Troy Weaver told the SDN that last year’s event had been a success “I think we gave around 1,300 people scoops of ice cream, and I plan to do more this year,” Weaver said.

Weaver said that his favorite flavor was cookies ‘n cream, and that the most popular was muscadine ripple. The muscadine ripple ice cream is made with muscadines grown at MSU’s South Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville.

All ice cream available is made at MSU’s Custer Dairy Processing Plant from the university’s 172-head dairy herd. Milk from the herd is also sold as-is and used to produce cheese and butter.

“We produce about 25,000 gallons of ice cream each year,” said Plant Manager Eric Goan. “We offer seven flavors in the sixounce cup and 11 flavors in half-gallon and three-gallon sizes.”

Weaver said the MAFES store’s range extended beyond dairy products, with other Mississippi farm products available. Meat products from the university’s hogs and beef cattle are also available.

Visitors may also view cheese production from the second floor viewing gallery in the Herzer building starting at 10 a.m.

Flavors available will include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, muscadine ripple, cookies ‘n cream and coffee.

The MAFES Sales Store is located at 925 Stone Blvd on campus.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.