ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)– The state’s Department of Agriculture opened Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail and Geocache Trail to promote creameries that make farm-fresh ice cream and sell it directly to customers on the farm.

“We also want to increase the public’s general understanding of what dairy farming is really all about by encouraging them to visit a farm, talk to the farmers and taste ice cream that goes from cow to cone in a matter of hours. It is a delicious, fresh taste like no other,” Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance said.

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Residents who visit all participating creameries get a chance to enter the drawing for a grand prize.

The ice cream trails are modeled after the state’s wine trails. The seven creameries are taking part in this program are: Rocky Point Creamery in Frederick County, Prigel Family Creamery in Baltimore County, Broom’s Bloom Dairy in Harford County, Kilby Cream in Cecil County, South Mountain Creamery in Frederick County, Misty Meadows Farm Creamery in Washington County and Chesapeake Bay Farms in Worcester County.

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To enter in the Trailblazer Passport contest, click here.

The Department of Agriculture is also holding another contest– the Maryland’s Best Geocaching Ice Cream Trail. Participants will use handheld GPS devices and iPhones to log in and find hidden caches of ice cream, and submit their geocaching passport. To learn more geocaching, click here.

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June is National Dairy Month and July is National Ice Cream Month.