December 19, 2021
Kawartha Dairy milk and ice cream is a big part of what makes the region special. Enjoying it on a summer evening has become as integral to local life as taking in the beautiful weather by the lake.
When Jack and Ila Crowe opened a dairy at Bobcaygeon in 1937, it was just a simple three-room building, where the cold storage was refrigerated with blocks of ice from the lake. They picked up milk in galvanized steel cans by wagon, using horses and boats to deliver glass bottles to their customers. In the 1950s they introduced ice cream, and in the 1960s expanded to Minden. Today the dairy has 10 retail outlets and is popular across Ontario.