• Story and photos by Caroline J. Phillips

Local Flavors: Homemade Ice Cream on the Shore


Nothing says summer like ice cream, and no other ice cream compares to homemade ice cream.

Made at home, it’s fresh, messy and fun. But if making it yourself seems like too much work, homemade ice cream is available within a short drive — or, with luck — a short walk.

Scottish Highland Creamery

1319, 314 Tilghman St, Oxford, MD

Founded by Victor and Susan Barlow, the Scottish Highland Creamery is located on the water in Oxford. They use the “freshest, finest ingredients available” and a technique that Victor learned from growing up in Scotland. Try this season’s special flavors like “fried ice cream” and “European yogurt with pomegranate.”

Vanderwende’s Farm Creamery

4003 Seashore HWY - Bridgeville, DE

Vanderwende Family Creamery in Bridgeville, Del., is a third-generation farm and creamery. Their ice cream is also available in other locations, such as Katie Mae’s in Preston. Try Vanderwende’s collaboration with Fifer Orchard with their apple cider donut ice cream sundae.

Justine’s Ice Cream Parlor

106 N Talbot St, St Michaels, MD

Long a favorite in St. Michaels, Justine’s Ice Cream parlor is home to a few seasonal, homemade flavors such as Fruity Pebbles and a mango IPA sherbet, a collaboration with Eastern Shore Brewery. Their claim to fame is their wall of milkshakes — try any concoction —like the Mint Chocolate Covered Oreo Shake.

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