Brooms Bloom Dairy

by Bonnie North

Since 1977 Kate and David Dallam have been operating Broom’s Bloom primarily as a dairy.

Although they are not certified organic, their livestock is fed a natural diet of grains and forages and they never use artificial growth hormones. With so much uncertainty surrounding the use of Bovine Growth Hormone in the dairy business, that assurance carries quite a lot of weight.

“People want to be more connected with their food.” says Kate. “When you buy milk from our farm, you’re looking the person in the eyes who is responsible for raising the cow.”

The Dallams have responded to the economic challenges of small farming by becoming food artisans as well as farmers. They produce Broom’s Bloom Artisan Cheeses from their own milk,as well as fresh pork sausages. They are probably most famous for their popular, old-fashioned, hand-dipped ice cream, made right on the farm, and offered up in a tremendous variety of great flavors.

They also partner their retailing enterprises with Kate’s brother Worley, who produces Woolsey Farm lamb and beef products from the Umbarger farm in Churchville.

 Broom’s Bloom and Woolsey Farm wholesale to numerous restaurants, like Atwater’s in Belvedere Square and the new Woodberry Kitchen, and to grocers like  Denny’s Country Store in Churchville. They also operate regular stalls at area farmers’ markets, including the year-round 32nd Street Market in Waverly.

In the autumn of 2004 the Dallam’s  opened Broom’s Bloom Ice Cream and Dairy Store in a charming spot within view of the main dairy barn along South Fountain Green Road in Bel Air.

The store has a wide front porch that overlooks the pastures and barns of the farm and a cheerful lunch counter with seating area inside where you can enjoy homemade specials like “The Healthy Heifer:” Kate’s gourmet green salad, served with a slice of homemade quiche, apple slices with a yogurt dip, and ice cream, all for the old-fashioned price of just $8.50.

The store also carries a full array of other products made by regional food artisans and craftpeople. You can find fresh, local, free-range, brown eggs; local honey from Cybee’s hives; all-natural, free-range chickens from Granova in Forest Hill; organic butter and yogurts from Trickling Springs Creamery in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; and a lively assortment of fresh, local produce and fruits as they come into season. You can also find gifts like Broom’s Bloom Milk & Olive Oil Soaps, hand-made pottery, cards and jewelry.

At the Dairy Store there’s bound to be something to delight one or more of your senses and you can feel good about each and every purchase. Stop in and tell them we sent you.


Broom’s Bloom Farm
1700 S. Fountain Green Road

Bel Air, MD 21015

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